There will be a lot of purple at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, as the Ravens will host the Minnesota Vikings. Baltimore is currently sitting atop the AFC North with a 5-2 record.
The Vikings are in second place in the NFC North with a 3-4 record. While the Vikings are coming off of a tough loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the Ravens will be well-rested, as last week was their bye week. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the both teams and how they arrive to this Vikings vs Ravens matchup so you can bet against their NFL odds.
NFL Betting Preview for Minnesota Vikings at Baltimore
Baltimore Ravens Betting Analysis
The Ravens didn’t fare well in their last game, as they were embarrassed by the Cincinnati Bengals 41-17. The bye week couldn’t have come at a better time for Baltimore. Everyone knows that the Ravens’ offense revolves around Lamar Jackson.
Jackson has had an outstanding season to date; not only has he thrown for nearly 2000 yards with ten touchdowns, but he has also rushed for nearly 500 yards. If Jackson has a bad game, it will be very hard for the Ravens to win the game.
Defensively, the Ravens have a reputation for having one of the best defenses in the league. They’ve only allowed a little over 600 rushing yards on the season, which is just over 85 yards per game. Marlon Humphrey leads the Baltimore secondary, which has had a very good season.
Minnesota Vikings Betting Analysis
The Vikings could be 5-2, but they just haven’t caught the breaks when they needed to. Kirk Cousins has played his best football as a Viking this season. With Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson on the outside, he has two great weapons to throw to.
Dalvin Cook has missed some time due to injury, but when he has played, he has played well. The offense has been inconsistent at times, and that has been Minnesota’s biggest downfall.
The defense has played relatively well this season. They’ve given up just over 21 points per game this season. Even though they tend to get the blame in the Vikings’ losses, it’s hard to pin it on the defense.
Final Betting Prediction for Minnesota vs Baltimore
The oddsmakers have spoken, and they have determined that the Ravens should win this game by 5.5 points. In looking at the betting numbers, the numbers trend towards the Baltimore Ravens. Baltimore is 10-5 against the spread in their last 15 games.
The Ravens are 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games at M&T Bank Stadium. Another favorable Baltimore stat is that the Ravens are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games after a straight-up loss.
As for the Vikings, the numbers aren’t in their favor. The Vikings are 3-11 against the spread in their last 14 games. They’re also 2-7 against the spread after losing.
The numbers are favorable for the Ravens, but we’re going to go against our own better judgment and pick the Vikings in this one. We’re not picking them to win the game, but we think this will be a very close game that the Ravens will win by a field goal, thus not covering the 5.5 point spread.
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