Ravens vs. Lions NFL Week 3 Preview and Best Bet

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The Baltimore Ravens kick off Week 3 with a visit to the Detroit Lions. Last week, the Ravens managed to take down the 2019 Super Bowl Champs, beating the KC Chiefs 36-25. Meanwhile, the Lions got smacked by the awakened Green Bay Packers, losing 35-17. 

Below, we’ll take a look at the early NFL odds and best sportsbook to bet with. 

Baltimore Ravens vs. Detroit Lions

Sunday, September 26, 2021 – 01:00 PM EDT at Ford Field

The Lions were 11 1/2-point underdogs against Green Bay Monday night and they remain the underdogs once again. The Ravens entered last week as 3 1/2 -point underdogs, but after coming out on top, they’re favorite this week. According to Bovada, Baltimore is a 9 -point favorite over Detroit with the over/under at 48.

The Matchup

The Detroit Lions are coming off their second straight loss after falling to the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football. As for the Ravens, they managed to flip the narrative after many expected the injury-riddled team to get stomped by the Chiefs in Week 2. 

But even with several key players sidelined, this Ravens team proved that they’re a dangerous matchup, so there is no reason they can’t continue this momentum against the lackluster Detroit Lions. The Ravens offense has come out of the gate hot this season and scored 63 points through the first two weeks. They’re averaging 443.5 yards per game on offense with both the passing and run game intact. Baltimore’s defense, on the other hand, has allowed a total of 68 points and an average of 448 yards per game which puts them near the bottom of the rankings. 

For Detroit, they’re having problems on all sides of the ball. Through their first two games of the season, the Lions have allowed an average of 38 points per game and things are not going to get any easier against a Baltimore team that just posted 36 on Kansas City. 

Even on offense, Detroit lacks receiver talent to make it through the Ravens’ defense and Jared Goff has struggled to play against top-end defenses. Add in the fact that Sammy Watkins is a rising star alongside promising rookie Rashod Bateman and a dual-threat quarterback.

Prediction

This Detroit team is bad and they’re going to need to turn things around fast if they want a shot this week. However, that’s not going to be easy coming off a Monday night loss––there’s just too much to fix in such little time

Free NFL PickBaltimore Ravens -9 (-110) at Bovada (visit our Bovada Review)

Baltimore Ravens -9 (-110)
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