When the Raiders host the Ravens on “Monday Night Football” (8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN), it will be the first time Las Vegas has hosted an NFL home game with fans in attendance. Baltimore, a strong AFC 11-5 playoff team from a season ago, needs to take care of business on the road before facing the Chiefs, another AFC West nemesis, at home next Sunday evening. Las Vegas broke a .500 at 8-8 record last season but is yet to make the playoffs under Jon Gruden.
Lamar Jackson and the Ravens offense are struggling with plenty of injuries in the backfield and wide receivers, but they have enough weapons to attack a weak Raiders defense. Meanwhile, Derek Carr will have to find more diverse sources to move the ball to win what could be a high scoring affair.
Here’s everything you need to know about betting the Ravens vs the Raiders in Week 1, including updated odds, trends and our prediction for “Monday Night Football”.
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Ravens vs. Raiders for ‘Monday Night Football’
- Disseminate: Crows by 4,5
- Above / Below: 50.5
- Moneyine: Crows -210, Raiders +176
The Ravens added a point in their favor as the week wore on. The total was stable with the Raiders’ home underdog status.
(betting odds by FanDuel Sportsbook)
Ravens vs. Raiders All-Time Streak
The Ravens have dominated games, 9-3 since 1996. They won 30-17 at Oakland in 2017, then 34-17 at home in 2018. Prior to that two-game winning streak, the Raiders were leading back-to-back wins after Les Ravens opened the series by winning seven of eight.
Three trends to know
– More than 64% of punters spread like the Raiders have enough household energy to cover the small number. 66% earn them directly for the moneyline, too.
– The Raiders are 9-11 ATS in their last 20 games. 14 of those 20 games have exceeded total points.
– The Ravens are 14-5-1 ATS in their last 20 games.
Three things to watch out for
Who will direct the ball for the Raiders?
Josh Jacobs (toe // dubious disease) may be scratched for the game, leaving the door open for the addition of a free agent and his fellow Alabama product Kenyan Drake to secure key touches on his debut with the Raiders. The team also added journeyman Peyton Barber for extra reassurance. It can be difficult for any Raider to kick the ball against the Ravens’ No.6 defense from a season ago.
Who will direct the ball for the Ravens?
JK Dobbins and Gus Edwards are down for the season with knee injuries. Judge Hill (Achilles) is also in the casualty reserve. The team will start Ty’Son Williams and use a bit of former Raider Latavius Murray, who just signed this week but is a perfect fit for their power racing game to complement Jackson. Baltimore is expected to remain efficient with their zone reading concepts and strong offensive line. He may just need to test his board early after getting used to having so much reliable depth. The Raiders were the 23rd running defense last season, which helps.
Darren Waller vs. Mark Andrews
The Raiders and Ravens both have tight, game-changing ends and with limitations in the body of the wide rapids, Waller and Andrews are the go-to guys for QB Carr and Jackson respectively. Waller and Andrews have both been awarded big contracts for their key play. The Ravens struggled with tight coverage at times last year, which should help Waller, a former Raven, expand the field for Carr. Andrews has an easier clash and is expected to be the biggest force in the game’s red zone.
Stat that matters
158.3. That’s Lamar Jackson’s perfect passer rating in the NFL in his last two opening games of the season as the Ravens’ starting QB. He tore the Dolphins and Browns apart for 599 yards and 8 TDs at a ridiculous 13.3 yards per attempt. He didn’t have to run a lot to beat either team. Jackson likes to start hot and should burn the wilderness against an outclassed defense, using plenty of Andrews and Marquise “Hollywood” Brown to do so.
Ravens vs Raiders prediction
The Raiders will no longer complete .500 and will actually be much lower than that. in the standings Their defense has too many holes for Jackson and the Ravens’ dynamic and creative offense to exploit. Carr will operate in a one-dimensional attack and after a few early flashes, will see the Ravens pull away for a comfortable victory.
Ravens 33, Raiders 20