Early this season, the Baltimore Ravens looked like legitimate Super Bowl contenders. Now they don’t even control their destiny to make the playoffs and may be without QB Lamar Jackson again Sunday against the red-hot and playoff-bound Rams, who are favored on the NFL odds.
How to Bet Rams at Ravens NFL Odds & TV Info
- When: Sunday, 1 PM ET
- Where: M&T Bank Stadium
- TV: FOX
- Radio: http://www.siriusxm.com/nfl
- Stream Option: NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV
- Opening NFL Lines: Rams -3.5 (total 46.5)
Including the postseason, Sunday’s game will mark the 8th all-time meeting between the two teams, with the Ravens leading the series 5-2. The Ravens won the last meeting 45-6 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 25, 2019.
Why Bet on LA Rams?
The Rams won at the Vikings 30-23 last Sunday to clinch a playoff berth for the fourth time in the past five seasons. Matthew Stafford completed 21-of-37 passes for 197 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. It was Stafford’s fourth game with multiple turnovers this year and first three-interception game since 2018, but he did find Odell Beckham for a seven-yard touchdown in the final quarter.
Sony Michel rushed 27 times for 131 yards a touchdown, eclipsing 100 rushing yards for the second time this year. Cooper Kupp caught 10-of-13 targets for 109 yards.
Kupp leads the NFL in receptions (132), receiving yards (1,734) and receiving touchdowns (14). Since the 1970 league merger, only three players have finished a season leading the NFL in all three categories: Jerry Rice (1990), Sterling Sharpe (1992) and Steve Smith (2005). Kupp’s 132 receptions are fifth on the league’s all-time single-season list. Only Michael Thomas (149 in 2019), Marvin Harrison (143 in 2002), Antonio Brown (136 in 2015) and Julio Jones (136 in 2015) had more. Kupp has at least 90 receiving yards in 14 games this season and has surpassed Brown (13 games in 2014) and Michael lrvin (13 in 1995) for the most such games in a season all-time.
Kupp needs 231 yards over the next two games in order to reach 1,965 yards and break the single season record held by Hall of Fame WR Calvin Johnson (1,964 receiving yards – 2012). Kupp needs one more 100 or more receiving yard game to tie former Rams WR Elroy Hirsh for most in franchise history (20). Kupp has had 100 or more yards each of his last four games.
Early this week, the Rams activated left tackle Andrew Whitworth off the COVID list after he missed Week 16. Whitworth’s return will be a major boost against a desperate, blitz-heavy Ravens defense. Coach Sean McVay said there’s a “good possibility” running back Cam Akers plays Sunday. He was to be the featured back this year but tore his Achilles in July.
Since 2017, the Rams are unbeaten when securing the lead going into halftime. Including playoffs, McVay is 45-0 when his team has the lead after the first half.
Why Bet on Baltimore?
Baltimore lost its fourth straight last Sunday, 41-21 in Cincinnati. With Lamar Jackson out with an ankle injury and backup Tyler Huntley on the COVID-19 list, Josh Johnson — just signed as a free agent 10 days ago — started at quarterback for the Ravens (8-7). His 4-yard pass to Rashod Bateman put Baltimore up 10-7 in the first quarter, but the Ravens were shredded by Joe Burrow.
Johnson was 28 for 40 for 304 yards with two touchdown passes and an interception. Tight end Mark Andrews had eight catches for 125 yards and a TD. The Ravens were ineffective running the ball, with Devonta Freeman leading the team with 17 yards.
Andrews, who had 115 receiving yards with one touchdown in Week 14 and 136 receiving yards and two touchdowns in Week 15, is the second tight end in NFL history to record at least 100 receiving yards and one touchdown reception in three consecutive games, joining Jimmy Graham (Weeks 2-4, 2013).
It’s not looking good for Jackson to play Sunday. He did not practice Thursday, a day after he limped badly in his return to the field. Jackson hasn’t played since injuring his ankle Dec. 22, when Baltimore lost at Cleveland 24-22. If Jackson is out again, Huntley would make his third start in the past seven weeks as he’s off the COVID list. Huntley has been impressive in three games this season – a come-from-behind victory over the Chicago Bears and narrow defeats against the Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers.
No. 1 wideout Marquise Brown was absent from practice on Thursday but it could be nothing. In these COVID, days, though, one never knows. Pro Bowl returner Devin Duvernay (ankle) did not play last weekend and his status is uncertain for Sunday.
The Ravens are looking to avoid their first five-game losing streak in coach John Harbaugh’s 14 seasons.
- Rams are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- Rams are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win.
- Ravens are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up loss.
- Ravens are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games as an underdog.
- Ravens are 8-3 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- Rams 27, Ravens 24