The Baltimore Ravens (5-2) host the New England Patriots (8-0) this weekend for an all-AFC showdown on Sunday Night Football. Kickoff is set for 8:20 PM EST on November 3rd at M&T Bank Stadium and the game will be televised on NBC.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Patriots listed as 3.5-point road favorites. The spread has come down by half a point after early betting, as New England is currently available at -3. The total for this matchup is 44.5 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 9 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Ravens vs Patriots Game Odds & Betting Preview
New England Patriots
The Patriots won their eighth consecutive game last weekend, beating Cleveland 27-13 at home to remain undefeated. New England scored 17 unanswered points in the first quarter and never looked back, holding the Browns to just 13 points en route to a double-digit victory. QB Tom Brady went 20/36 for 259 yards and two touchdowns through the air, while RB Sony Michel rumbled for 74 rushing yards on a team-high 21 carries on the ground. WR Julian Edelman stepped up to lead the way for the receiving corps, hauling in eight catches for 78 yards and two touchdowns. Overall, the Patriots offense gained well over 325 total yards and found the end zone twice in the win.
New England was fantastic defensively against the Browns, scoring yet another touchdown on a turnover and holding Cleveland to just a single touchdown. The Patriots were especially solid defending against the pass, recording an interception and not allowing a single receiver to gain more than 65 total yards.
The Ravens improved to 5-2 on the season overall their last time out after a 30-16 road win against Seattle. Baltimore scored seven unanswered points in the third quarter and cruised to victory from there, outscoring the Seahawks 10-3 over the final 15 minutes of the game. QB Lamar Jackson didn’t do all that much through the air, going 9/20 for 143 passing yards. However, Jackson torched the defense for 116 rushing yards and a touchdown on only 14 carries on the ground. WR Miles Boykin led the way for the receiving corps, making two catches for 55 yards. As a whole, the Ravens offense generated just under 350 total yards and scored a single touchdown.
Baltimore had a very solid outing on the other side of the ball in Week 8, holding the Seahawks offense to one touchdown despite giving up almost 350 total yards. The Ravens did a great job stopping the run, as Seattle managed to rush for just 106 yards and failed to find the end zone on the ground.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and Pick: Patriots -3
While I was leaning slightly towards the Ravens at home when they were available at +3.5, I think that I would now rather take the Patriots after the spread has shifted downwards by half a point. While this game could still certainly go either way, it’s hard to bet against a New England squad that has yet to lose a game all year and is also a rock-solid 6-2 against the spread. While Baltimore will certainly put up a fight, they have been inconsistent at times against elite opposition. Of course, their win on the road against Seattle prior to the bye was very impressive. Even so, they only managed to beat Cincinnati by six points and needed overtime to beat a below average Steelers team in Week 5. They also lost by over two touchdowns at home against Cleveland in late September, which certainly doesn’t bode well for their chances here in Week 9 against an undefeated Patriots team.
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New England has also held the upper hand against the spread when facing the Ravens as of late, covering the number in two out of their last three meetings. The Patriots are also 11-3 straight up over their last 14 meetings with Baltimore overall and a very impressive 8-1 against the spread in their last nine matchups with AFC North opponents. On the other side, the Ravens are a dreadful 2-6-1 against the spread over their last nine games overall. They are also a brutal 0-6 against the spread in their last six outings at M&T Bank Stadium. I’ll eat the chalk and roll with the slight road favorites in what should be a very entertaining primetime battle on Sunday evening – give me New England to cover!