- The Baltimore Ravens have (-200) short odds to beat the Las Vegas Raiders (+170) in their Monday Night Football (MNF) matchup.
- The spread is set at -4.0 Ravens.
- Baltimore QB Lamar Jackson’s total passing yards are set at 210.5 at sportsbooks, with the OVER favored at (-125).
LAS VEGAS – Monday Night Football is here and the Baltimore Ravens will be facing the Las Vegas Raiders in Sin City for the first MNF of the 2021-2022 NFL season.
The Ravens are heavily favored to take the win, having won all of their Week 1 games the last four seasons.
There are several betting lines available for this matchup outside of straight bets if NFL betting fans look deeper within the sportsbook for this matchup.
Baltimore – The Team To Beat
The Ravens have consistently dominated in the regular season, particularly early on. Baltimore was second in the AFC North going 11-5 during the 2020 NFL season and ultimately making a playoff run.
Meanwhile, the Raiders are coming off of an 8-8 season where they missed the playoffs entirely. The team’s offseason moves have not fully addressed previous issues on the field either. This is another factor as to why Baltimore is so heavily favored by sportsbooks.
Baltimore Ravens Vs. Las Vegas Raiders
- Moneyline: Ravens -200, Raiders +170
- Spread: -4.0 Baltimore
- Totals: O/U 50.5
With the spread being set at -4.0, that is an easy move for fans who are looking to take the favored Ravens to double down on. Baltimore should easily be able to cover 4 points, making alternate spreads appealing as well.
Taking Baltimore at -7.5 will net a (+140) return, giving a more profitable betting ticket for sports bettors if Baltimore is able to win by more than a touchdown.
Even frugal gamblers can net big wins taking Baltimore at the -5.5 spread by seeing a (+110) return which is still more profitable than taking the spread at -4.0 for (-110) return or the moneyline at (-200).
Underdog betting fans who are confident in Las Vegas could take the moneyline and see a (+170) return from their wager, but there are also different spreads that could be very profitable for this game too.
Taking the Raiders to cover the +4.0 set by bookmakers would see a (-115) return but taking them to cover +3.0 would net (+110). With this betting line, the Raiders do not need to win but rather keep the game within a field goal, allowing betting fans to still capitalize if the Ravens were to win by only 1 point for example.
Another way to bet on this matchup is by looking at total passing yards player props for QBs Lamar Jackson of the Ravens and Derek Carr of the Raiders.
Total Passing Yards – Derek Carr (LV) 260.5
- OVER -130
- UNDER EVEN
Total Passing Yards Lamar Jackson (BAL) 210.5
- OVER -125
- UNDER -105
Derek Carr averaged 256.4 passing yards a game last season so Carr hitting the 260.5 set with regulated sports betting sites is very possible. The UNDER set at EVEN, is tempting and would be more profitable if the Ravens’ defense pressures the Raiders to run the ball more.
Lamar Jackson on the other hand, averaged only 183.8 passing yards per game and is known primarily as a running QB.
While Jackson has had flashes of games where he threw for a lot of yards, such as the 243 yds game against the Jacksonville Jaguars last season, those are few and far between. Taking the UNDER for this betting line is the wiser move, especially with it having the bigger payout at (-105).
The game is set to begin at 8:15 p.m. EST and will be broadcast on the ABC Network.
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