As a matter of fact, both teams have areas of concern heading into their preseason openers, with Washington looking to improve defensively and Baltimore looking to improve their offense. If you’re looking to find out which one of these playoff hopefuls is offering the most NFL betting odds value in this Week 1 of preseason pairing, let’s get to it!
In Depth Analysis on the NFL Preseason Odds & Expert Pick on Washington at BaltimoreWhen: Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm Where: M&T Bank Stadium Radio: WTEM 980 AM (Washington) / 98Rock WIYY (Baltimore) Live Stream: NFL Game Pass NFL Preseason Odds: Baltimore Ravens -1 / Total: 38
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Why Bet the Washington Redskins?The Redskins (10-6 ATS) have some legitimate playoff hopes despite finishing third in the NFC East last season. The Skins put up a healthy 24.8 points per game to rank 11th in scoring even though they have some changes they’ll have to get used to in 2017 after losing ‘super speedy’ wide receiver DeSean Jackson and sure-handed veteran wideout Pierre Garcon in free agency.
In addition, Washington brought in former Browns receiver Terrelle Pryor and drafted Alabama defensive lineman Johnathan Allen with the 17th overall pick and I believe they got a real steal by nabbing former Oklahoma star Samaje Perine in the fourth round.
Will We Get to See Kirk Cousins on the Field this Thursday?For their preseason opener, starting quarterback Kirk Cousins will play a series or two before giving way to veteran backup Colt McCoy and then third-stringer Nate Sudfeld. Cousins can’t be very happy after the Skins gave him the short end of the stick for the second straight year by refusing to sign him to a long-term deal.
Consequently, the Redskins will take a long hard look at their defensive players, from their starters to backups after finishing 18th in points allowed (23.9 ppg) last season.
Washington Redskins Team StatisticsOffensive total yards 403.62 Average Score For 24.75 Offensive rush yards 106.25 Defensive total yards 377.75 Offensive passing yards 297.38 Defensive rush yards 119.75 Average Score Against 23.94 Defensive passing yards 258.00
Why Bet the Baltimore Ravens?The Ravens (7-9 ATS) will kick off their preseason with a huge question mark at quarterback as starter Joe Flacco battles a back injury that Baltimore has been really quiet to discuss publicly. At any rate, while Baltimore had a fantastic year in 2016 defensively by ranking ninth in points allowed (20.1 ppg), the Ravens need to improve an offense that averaged a modest 21.4 points per game to finish 20th in scoring.
For this Week 1 preseason opener, don’t expect to see Flacco suit up, meaning Baltimore will start backup Ryan Mallett before turning to third-stringer Dustin Vaughan and then Josh Woodrum. Strangely enough, while Baltimore was very good defensively last season, they chose to use their first three draft picks on defensive players.
Baltimore Ravens Team StatisticsOffensive total yards 347.69 Average Score For 21.44 Offensive rush yards 91.12 Defensive total yards 322.12 Offensive passing yards 256.56 Defensive rush yards 89.38 Average Score Against 20.06 Defensive passing yards 232.75
Washington vs Batlimore Game History
- Total Meetings: 6
- First Meeting: October 26th, 1997. FedEx Field. Landover, Maryland.
- Last Meeting: October 9th, 2016. M&T Bank Stadium. Baltimore, Maryland.
- All-Time Series: Series Tied 3-3-0
- Largest Margin of Victory: Baltimore 24-10
- Longest Win Streak: Tied at 2
- Current Win Streak: Washington 2 (2012-2016)
Expert Prediction and NFL Preseason PickThe Ravens have had a strange offseason to me by adding more defensive players to an already solid unit when they should have gone after some offensive players to give Joe Flacco more help. Henceforth and speaking of Flacco, he really looks mediocre to me and should be eternally thanking Ray Lewis for his lone Super Bowl ring.
Under those circumstances, the Washington redskins are the easy pick to win and cash in as slight road dogs, seeing as how they have a really potent offense and a defense that should be able to handle Baltimore’s modest attack.
Moreover, the Redskins are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 road games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall. Accordingly, Baltimore is just 8-17-1 ATS in their last 26 games on turf and look like they’re going to struggle on offense again in 2017.
NFL Preseason Betting Pick: Washington 24 Baltimore 17