Ravens vs. Saints NFL Week 9 Monday Night Football Top Picks: Back Baltimore in Prime Time Again

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The Baltimore Ravens will debut their new trade addition on Monday night to close Week 9 as the Ravens visit the New Orleans Saints. Which way to lean at the best sportsbooks?  

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Baltimore Ravens vs. New Orleans Saints 

Monday, November 7, 2022 – 08:15 PM EDT at Caesars Superdome 

Per usual, ESPN has the Monday night game, this week featuring the Ravens and Saints. As of now, it’s scheduled to be Baltimore’s final prime-time game, although certainly a late-season one could be flexed to Sunday night. The Saints have another Monday night game in Tampa on December 5

Apparently, we will not get a matchup of former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks in Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson and New Orleans’s Jameis Winston unless Andy Dalton gets hurt for the Saints. 

It’s the first meeting between the teams since Week 8 of the 2018 season in Baltimore when the Saints won 24-23. Drew Brees was still the New Orleans QB then and Joe Flacco was for the Ravens with Jackson a rookie. Not too many key players remain from that game on either side. 

The road team is 4-1 against the spread in the past 5 on NFL picks

Ravens to Get Boost on Defense

This will be the Ravens' debut of two-time All-Pro linebacker Roquan Smith, acquired via trade from the Chicago Bears. Baltimore gave up second and fifth-round picks in the 2023 draft and veteran linebacker A.J. Klein for Smith. He leads the NFL with 83 tackles this season and only Bobby Wagner has tallied more tackles than him over the past 5 seasons.

Smith can become a free agent after this season so that’s why the Bears got rid of him. Baltimore is likely to sign the 2018 first-round pick to an extension.  

The Ravens’ defense has been an issue, especially at linebacker with Patrick Queen a disappointment and veteran starter Josh Bynes is dealing with a quad injury that held him out of action in Week 8 against the Buccaneers. Two other linebackers may return this week: Tyus Bowser and rookie second-round pick David Ojabo as both were activated from injured reserve. 

Bowser, who led the Ravens with 7 sacks and 8 TFLs in 2021 suffered a torn Achilles in the Ravens' Week 18 matchup against the Steelers last season. Ojabo suffered a torn Achilles during his March pro day.  

Defensive Line Without Bateman

Baltimore won in Tampa on Thursday in Week 8, 27-22, rallying from down 10-3 at the half. Lamar Jackson threw for 238 yards and 2 scores and rushed for 43 yards. The Ravens totaled 231 yards on the ground and held the Bucs to only 44.  

The news wasn’t all good as starting receiver Rashod Bateman is expected to miss "a few weeks" after aggravating his left foot injury. He is 3rd on the team with 285 yards receiving on 15 receptions after missing 2 games earlier this season with an initial foot injury.

The loss of Bateman creates a void in Baltimore's deep passing game as Bateman ranks second in the NFL with a 19-yard per catch average. Veteran speedster DeSean Jackson was signed to the Baltimore practice squad last month and could debut. 

The Ravens are 2-5 ATS on the NFL picks in their past 7 Monday games. 

Saints Rather Inconsistent 

The Saints have been very up and down all season, but come off their best game, a 24-0 win over Las Vegas; the Raiders hadn’t been shut out in 8 years. They didn't even cross midfield until 2:19 remaining in the 4th quarter.

New Orleans took away the run (38 yards allowed on 13 carries) and was all over Raiders starting quarterback Derek Carr, who completed 15 of 26 passes for 101 yards and was sacked 4 times for minus-28 yards. 

Andy Dalton was 22-for-30 for 229 yards and 2 scores and is expected to start under center again over Jameis Winston. Pro Bowl running back Alvin Kamara had 2 receiving scores and one rushing. Kamara is the 1st player in NFL history to record 10 games with at least one rushing and one receiving TD in his first 6 seasons. Buffalo reportedly tried to trade for him but was told no.  

Chris Olave had 5 catches for 52 yards against the Raiders and leads all rookies in catches (37) and receiving yards (547). The former Ohio State star is definitely in the Offensive Rookie of the Year conversation.  

Ingram's Injury

Backup running back Mark Ingram suffered a grade 2 MCL sprain and could miss 3-4 weeks. Ingram played for the Ravens from 2019-20. His injury could mean more of a hybrid tight end/quarterback Taysom Hill in the backfield. Hill rushed 10 times for 61 yards vs. the Raiders.  

Tight end Adam Trautman, starting wideouts Michael Thomas and Jarvis Landry, guard Wyatt Davis and Pro Bowl cornerback Marshon Lattimore all missed Week 8 (or longer). Not clear of their status yet.

Prediction and Pick

As of right now, BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review) is the only book at BMR to have this spread under 3 according to our NFL odds, so let’s grab it as I see the Ravens winning by a field goal. The Saints are 0-4 ATS in their past 4 vs. teams with a winning road record. 

Score Prediction: Baltimore 27 - New Orleans 24 

NFL Pick: Ravens -2.5 (-115) at BetOnline 

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