The Oakland Raiders (2-8) travel to Maryland this weekend to battle the Baltimore Ravens (5-5). Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM EST on November 25th at M&T Bank Stadium and the game will be broadcast on CBS.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Ravens listed as 11.5-point home favorites. That line has shifted by half a point after early betting, as Baltimore is currently available at -11. The total for this matchup is 42.5 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 12 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
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Oakland finally manged to win their second game of the season last weekend, sneaking by Arizona 23-21 to improve to 2-8 overall. The Raiders hung tough with the Cardinals all game long before kicking a game-winning field goal as time expired. QB Derek Carr got into several heated discussions on the sidelines with head coach Jon Gruden during the game, but still passed for 192 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. Carr has been mediocre at best through ten games, throwing for 2,633 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has also been picked off eight times, although he did manage to avoid any turnovers in Week 11. RB Marshawn Lynch is currently on injured reserve, which means Doug Martin and Jalen Richard are splitting touches in the backfield. Richard has really had a nice season so far, racking up a team high 51 receptions for 432 yards. There hasn’t been much else to celebrate in the passing game, although TE Jared Cook has posted 577 yards and four touchdowns. As a whole, Oakland is currently averaging just 17.0 points per game (30th overall) on 347.2 yards of total offense.
The Raiders have been very poor defensively through their first ten games, as opponents are currently averaging 29.3 points per game (30th overall) on 387.4 yards of total offense. They have been especially bad against the rush, giving up 142.3 yards per game on the ground (31st overall).
Baltimore got back to .500 on the season last weekend after a critical 24-21 home win over AFC North rival Cincinnati. The Ravens outplayed the Bengals on both sides of the ball, outgaining them 403-255 in total yardage and controlling possession of the football for over 16 more minutes. QB Lamar Jackson looked quite good in his first start for the injured Joe Flacco, passing for 150 yards and adding 119 more on the ground. Jackson will get another start here in Week 13 against a sub-par Oakland run defense, which could mean big trouble for the Raiders. The receiving trio of Michael Crabtree, Willie Snead, and John Brown has also made a big impact, combining for over 1.600 yards and seven touchdowns. Overall, Baltimore is currently averaging 23.7 points per game (17th overall) on 370.2 total yards of offense.
The Ravens have been quite good on the other side of the ball so far this season, holding opponents to an average of just 18.1 points per game which is first overall in the NFL. Baltimore has been especially solid against the pass, giving up only 205.4 yards per game through the air (2nd overall).
Free NFL Betting Prediction: Baltimore -11
While I initially had some doubts about Lamar Jackson’s abilities as a starter heading into Week 11, he certainly showed he was more than capable of running the Ravens offense in a critical win over Cincinnati. He should have a much easier time this weekend against a horrible Oakland defense that has been giving up an average of 30+ points per game. The Raiders have also been one of the worst offensive teams in the entire NFL, with Gruden and Carr openly getting into heated arguments several times a game. I have a feeling there will be plenty more of those debates on Sunday afternoon, as Baltimore is currently first overall in points allowed, second against the pass, and fourth against the run.
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Oakland is a dreadful 3-8-1 ATS over their last 12 road games. They are also just 3-7 ATS this season and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall. Baltimore is a rock-solid 6-1 ATS over their last seven meetings with the Raiders at home. They are also 10-4 ATS in their last fourteen meetings overall.
While this might seem like a lot of points to leave on the table in this particular matchup, I really do have little to no faith in this Raiders offense. Yes, they were able to score 23 points last weekend but Arizona is giving up 24.8 points per game – almost a full touchdown more than Baltimore is. Lamar Jackson should be able to easily crack the 100 barrier on the ground and will likely find the end zone at least 2-3 times. This game has all the makings of a 24-10 or 27-14 scoreline, so I’m laying the points and taking a shot with the home favorite in this spot.