Ravens Look to Pummel Bills this NFL Betting SaturdayPosted by: Charlie Smith
The online NFL betting season is but a couple of weeks ago. This upcoming weekend, fans will have the opportunity to bet on NFL preseason matches, all the while tuning in for the mega-fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather.
There are plenty of matches worth wagering on this weekend, but one contest particularly interesting is the pairing between the Buffalo Bills and the Baltimore Ravens. Neither team is coming off a highly successful season and it’ll be intriguing to see which one looks better so far in the preseason. Let’s take a look at what football betting sites are predicting for Saturday’s matchup.
Buffalo Bills vs. Baltimore Ravens – Saturday, August 26th
When: 7:00 pm ET
Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore
TV: Local Broadcasts
Stream: NFL.com, NFL Game Pass
Online NFL Betting Odds:
Buffalo Bills +3½ (-110) 39 (-110)
Baltimore Ravens -3½ (-110) 39 (-110)
Rex Ryan joined the Buffalo Bills in 2015 but was unable to last even two years with the AFC East team. In fact, Ryan was dismissed towards the end of the 2016 season, in Week 16 to be exact. Buffalo ended up finishing the season with a 7-9 record that ranked them 3rd in the AFC East, marking the 16th season in a row that Buffalo has failed to qualify for the postseason.
Sean McDermott now enters in his first year as the Bills’ head coach. This is the first time that McDermott will serve as head coach, coming over from the Carolina Panthers where he was serving as defensive coordinator. There’s no question that McDermott is a defensive-minded coach considering that he has spent his entire career coaching defenses. That said, we’ll have to see just how much he can help pick the Bills up.
The Ravens finished the 2016 season with an 8-8 record that did nothing to advance their agenda. With that .500 record, the Ravens managed to finish 2nd in the AFC North. Baltimore made some improvements from their 2015 season, in which they finished with a 5-11 record. However, considering that Joe Flacco was injured for most of the 2015 season, 2016 wasn’t realty that much of an improvement.
The Ravens are known for having a foreboding defense and they made sure to live up to that astounding reputation by grabbing up as many defenders as they could during the offseason. This includes 6 defensive players they snagged during free agency and 6 defenders that they selected during the draft. The most notable acquisitions include cornerback Marlon Humphrey out of Alabama, who was selected 16th overall, and former Kansas City Chiefs wideout Jeremy Maclin.
Online NFL betting fans have to be a little puzzled by the Ravens’ unrelenting desire to sign defenders. Sure, defenses win championships, but the Ravens are also going to need some sort of offense. Flacco finished the 2016 season with 20 touchdowns, 15 interceptions and a lousy 83.5 passer rating – not exactly Super Bowl form.