Oakland Raidin’ Raiders play Ravin’ Ravens at Baltimore
Posted by: Mike Davis
The Baltimore Ravens are undefeated and the online NFL betting favorites to remain so when they host the Oakland Raiders at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday, October 2nd. The following are the odds at the BetNow football betting site:
Raiders +3 (EV) 46½ (-110) +150
The Raiders (2-1) came to plunder the city of Tennessee but barely escaped with the booty in week 3. As befits their name, the Raiders had a sack, as well as forced three TOs, in a nice change of pace for a defense that had given up more yards than any team since 1940 through the first two games. Actually, it wasn’t the same defense, per se; head coach Jack Del Rio tinkered a little bit with the lineup, starting LB Cory James and Oakland’s top draft pick rookie safety Karl Joseph. Despite the close 17-10 final score, the Raiders were never behind and dominated the second quarter, scoring 10 points and outyarding the Titans 129 to 40. Oakland QB Derek Carr finished 21 of 35 for 249 passing yards with one TD and one interception, and Latavius Murray rushed for 37 yards on 10 carries for another score.
The Ravens are flying high after starting 3-0 for the third time in the history of the franchise and first time since 2009. Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker made four field goals, including a game-winning, 54-yarder with 1:02 left on the clock against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Kicking? In my American football? What is this, soccer? Ravens QB Joe Flacco threw a franchise record 21 straight completions, but also threw consecutive interceptions – two of the three TOs Baltimore had in the fourth quarter. They were lucky the Jags failed to capitalize, but Baltimore’s defense also did their share. LBs Zach Orr and C.J. Mosley, and CB Tavon Young all intercepted Jags QB Blake Bortles.
Notwithstanding that uplifting win, the Raiders are the online NFL betting underdogs heading to Baltimore this Sunday. Though not by that much, either. Oakland boasts a No. 2 ranked offense that will be more than a match to the Ravens’ No. 2 ranked defense. Moreover, every Raiders and Ravens game this season has been decided by one score or less, so regardless of who wins we can all safely assume that this one will also be decided by the same difference.
Another thing; many online NFL betting experts claim that Baltimore being 3-0 has more to do with their opponents weaknesses that with the Ravens’ strengths. Admittedly, the Bills, Browns, and Jags are not what you’d call elite. In the interest of fairness, though, of the Raiders’ opponents, the Titans – similar to their mythological counterparts – are on the brink of Tartarus. And the Saints are Drew Brees’s karma for something he must’ve done in a past life. The only team that would go on to have a winning record Oakland has faced were the Atlanta Falcons, and they lost. The Ravens, as we know, have a winning record – in fact, they are one of five undefeated teams.