The New Orleans Saints (4-1) travel to Maryland this weekend to take on the Baltimore Ravens (4-2) in Week 7 NFL action. Kickoff is set for 4:05 PM EST on October 21st at M&T Bank Stadium. The game will be televised on FOX.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Ravens listed as 2.5-point home favorites. That line has changed only slightly after early betting, as Baltimore is currently available at -2. The total for this matchup is 50 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 7 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Ravens vs Saints Vegas Odds & Game Preview
New Orleans won four consecutive games before heading into their bye last weekend for some much needed rest and recovery. The Saints reeled off impressive victories over the Browns, Falcons, Giants, and Redskins to improve to 4-1 on the season after losing their Week 1 game against Tampa Bay. QB Drew Brees has been fantastic, throwing for 1,658 yards and 11 touchdowns in just five games. Brees has also yet to throw an interception this season and is currently completing 77.9 percent of his passes. WR Michael Thomas is having an outstanding season as well, racking up over 500 yards receiving since the start of the season. RB Alvin Kamara has proved to be a nightmare for opposing defenses, as he is a threat to do damage while either running the ball or catching passes out of the backfield. As a whole, New Orleans is currently averaging a ridiculous 36.0 points per game (1st overall) on 424.0 total yards. They also currently have the 3rd best passing offense in the NFL, as they are averaging 320.8 yards per game through the air.
Things haven’t been quite so impressive for the Saints on the other side of the ball, as they are currently giving up an average of 28.0 points per game (26th overall). Despite limiting opponents to just 71.4 rushing yards per game, New Orleans has been giving up a dreadful 297.6 yards per game through the air (30th overall).
The Ravens shut out Tennessee by a score of 21-0 last weekend to improve to 4-2 on the season and get right back in the thick of things in the AFC North. Baltimore is currently tied for first overall in the division after the Bengals choked away a win against Pittsburgh in Week 6. QB Joe Flacco has looked fairly solid under center for the Ravens, throwing for 1788 yards and nine touchdowns in six games. WR Michael Crabtree had a breakout game against the Titans last weekend, catching six passes for 93 yards and a touchdown. John Brown is the deep threat for Baltimore, as he already has over 300 yards receiving and three touchdowns. Overall, the Ravens are currently averaging 25.5 points per game (12th overall) on 393.0 total yards.
Baltimore has been exceptional on the other side of the ball, as they currently are giving up only 12.8 points per game – the lowest average in the entire NFL. They have been absolute fantastic defending against the pass, as opponents are averaging just 188.0 yards per game through the air (2nd overall).
Free NFL Betting Prediction: New Orleans +2
Historically speaking, I usually tend to avoid taking the Saints when they are playing on the road against talented defensive teams. However, they are arguably the hottest team in the entire NFL right now – at least they were before heading into their bye in Week 6. New Orleans should be well rested and ready to go against a Ravens team that is also playing with a ton of confidence right now. Brees appears to be playing at another level right now, and the dual threat of Kamara and Thomas might finally expose some weaknesses in the Baltimore defense.
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Baltimore is just 7-19-1 ATS over their past 27 games in the month of October. They are also only 2-6 ATS in their last eight games in Week 7. New Orleans is a very solid 16-5 ATS in their last 21 road games and 44-20-1 ATS in their last 65 games against teams with a winning record. The Saints are also 4-2 ATS over their past six games overall.
While some might be worried that Brees and Co. are just 1-4 ATS over their past five games on the road against Baltimore, I really do think that New Orleans will make a statement here in Week 7. The rest of the league seems to underestimate how much better they’ve been defensively as of late, holding both the Redskins and Giants to under 20 points. The Ravens are hardly an offensive juggernaut and good offensive teams like Cincinnati have shown that it is possible to score 30+ points against this defense. While shutting out the Titans last weekend was impressive, it is important to remember that this is the same Baltimore team that lost to the Browns in overtime back in Week 5. I’ll take the free points and roll with the Saints on the road.