Can the Ravens Bounce Back from an NFL Betting Upset?
Posted by: Charlie Smith
Most football betting sites had either the Pittsburgh Steelers or the Cincinnati Bengals listed as the favorite to win the AFC North in 2016. But as things stand now, the Baltimore Ravens are tied for the lead with the Steelers. Coming into the season many critics were downplaying the Ravens, due to the fact that they finished 5-11 in 2015. A rest during the offseason was all that was needed to get this team back on track, and Baltimore started this season hot by winning three in a row. Unfortunately for Ravens fans, that streak would be promptly snapped by one of this year’s biggest surprises, the Oakland Raiders. Week 5 was loaded with upsets, one of which was the 28-27 win the Raiders enjoyed over the Ravens. The contest with the Raiders was hard-fought, but Baltimore let more than one opportunity to win the game slip through their fingers. Now with their undefeated streak broken, the Ravens will be on guard to make sure they don’t miss any more opportunities. Who are the online NFL betting odds favoring this Sunday, the 3-1 Ravens, or the 2-2 Washington Redskins?
Week 5 – Sunday the 9th of October
Washington Redskins +4 (-110) 45 (-110) +165
As usual, most football betting sites are siding with the team with the better record. The Ravens may have more wins, but on paper the Redskins look like the better team. At least that is the case on offense. Right now Washington is averaging 24.8 points per game, which is the 12th best average in the NFL. Most of the grunt work on offense is done through the air for the Redskins. Heading into Week 5, Washington’s passing offense ranks 5th in the NFL, while their running game ranks 21st. Both of those averages combine to give Washington the 8th best total offense in the league, something even Redskins fans weren’t expecting. While their offense ranks near the top of the league, it’s a different story for Washington’s defense. Defensively the Redskins rank 25th against the pass, and 30th against the run. Baltimore’s offense may not be the best in the AFC North, but Joe Flacco and company should still have a field day this Sunday.
Interestingly enough, Josh Norman, the Redskins cornerback, and Steve Smith Sr., the Ravens loudmouthed receiver, used to be teammates when both were members of the Carolina Panthers. Both Norman and Smith are two of the best in their respective positions, and both are known for being vocal on the football field. Seeing such talented, energetic athletes compete is something NFL fans won’t want to miss in Week 5.
So far this season the Ravens have been playing the exact same type of football they’ve been known for in years past; a mediocre offense carried by one of the toughest defenses in the league. Baltimore can currently boast that they have the best total defense in the NFL, the 3rd best defense against the pass, and the 5th best defense against the run. The Ravens aren’t giving up much yardage, and they’re barely giving up any points. Unfortunately for Baltimore, their offense doesn’t rank higher than 16 in any important figure. The offense certainly failed Baltimore last week when they failed to put the team inside of field goal range; will they fail the Ravens this time around? Most football betting sites don’t think so, but Washington might have a few tricks up their sleeves for the no longer undefeated Ravens.