The Oakland Raiders were supposed to be one of the rising teams in the NFL this season, able to compete for the AFC West championship. That could well happen, but we have the feeling nothing positive is going to take place until this team upgrades its defense. On Sunday they will face off against a team that is off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2009, as they visit the Baltimore Ravens in action that begins at 1 PM ET at M & T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. VietBet customers have the opportunity to enjoy reduced juice wagering before the game begins, and then after the opening kickoff, they can continue the action through the state-of-the-art software provided by Live Betting Ultra.
Raiders vs Ravens – NFL Betting Line:
In the betting lines posted on this game by the people at VietBet, Baltimore is the slight favorite at home:
Oakland Raiders +3 (+105)
Baltimore Ravens -3 (-125)
Over 46 points -110
Under 46 points -110
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Raiders vs Ravens Betting Trends:
- Season Record: 2-1 SU, 2-1 ATS
- The Raiders are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oakland’s last 6 games on the road
- The Raiders are 7-18 SU in their last 25 games on the road
- The Raiders are 2-10 SU in their last 12 games when playing Baltimore
- The Raiders are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games when playing Baltimore
- The Raiders are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Baltimore
- The Raiders are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Baltimore
- Season Record: 3-0 SU, 2-1 ATS
- The Ravens are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Baltimore’s last 6 games at home
- The Ravens are 2-9-1 ATS in their last 12 games at home
- The Ravens are 10-2 SU in their last 12 games when playing Oakland
- The Ravens are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Oakland
Raiders vs Ravens – CJ’s Take:
Oakland is a team that has covered its last five games on the road, and that would seem very unusual for squad that doesn’t exhibit a lot of defensive prowess. But while they are 32nd in the league defensively, they are also first on offense, and a lot of credit for that has to go to Derek Carr, who threw for 249 yards last week in a 17-10 victory over the Tennessee Titans. Carr has, at his disposal, one of the better wide receiver duos in the AFC in Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, and the team is having some success rotating running backs Latavius Murray, DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard, the latter two being rookies, which is certainly a pleasant surprise for them. And they seem to have a swashbuckling coach in the person of Jack Del Rio, who as you probably recall, when for the two-point conversion after late touchdown the season opener at New Orleans and succeeded.
The Ravens are a healthier squad this season, and obviously the record shows it. They had 20 players on the injured reserve last season, and they have brought back almost all of those people and then some. One of those is Steve Smith, who actually reversed field after announcing his retirement and decided to come back for another season. He had 87 yards receiving last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars, in a game where Baltimore was frankly lucky to win. It isn’t often that you can turn the ball over three times in the fourth quarter and still come away with a victory on the road, but that is exactly what happened. Give some credit to the defense, which allowed Jacksonville to only come up with one field goal out of those three turnovers. And speaking of turnovers, the Baltimore defense intercepted Blake Bortles three times and held the Jaguars to just 216 yards of offense.
What VietBet patrons probably didn’t expect last week was that the Oakland stop unit would come up with some big plays. They forced three turnovers against Tennessee, which is admittedly not the most explosive offensive team, but it is encouraging to see that they can flip the field a little bit.
Meanwhile, the Ravens have not really looked like the kind of team that can create much of a margin over the opposition. They defeated Buffalo 13-7 in the opening week, then came back from a 20-0 deficit to beat Cleveland 25-20 and barely skated by last week, having to get a 54-yard field-goal by Justin Tucker to win it. Tucker might be their most potent weapon, and he kicked four field goals last week when drives stalled. Joe Flacco threw the ball 40 times but only had 214 yards to show for it.
These teams met last year in the second week, and Oakland came away with a 37-33 victory, in a game that featured 56 first downs and 735 yards passing.
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Next up for both teams:
- Oakland hosts San Diego Sunday, October 9th, 4:25 pm ET
- Baltimore hosts Washington Sunday, October 9th, 1:00 pm ET
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By Charles Jay