The Ravens may be laying big points in NFL betting but they are not playing like a team that is a sure thing to cover the spread, even against the Lions.
Bet on football has seen the Ravens alternate wins and losses for over a month and that is why they are just an average team at 6-6. That may be enough though against a Detroit team that is 2-10 straight up and 3-8-1 against the NFL betting lines. The Lions may also be without starting quarterback Matthew Stafford which would have even more people that bet on football looking to take the Ravens. Stafford has shown his toughness but his injury has obviously affected his play and Detroit’s offense has suffered. "He's obviously very sore, and he's playing knowing that he's going to get hit, and when he does, he'll be in excruciating pain," Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz said. "But he's resilient and tough, and he's done his best to stay in there." If Stafford can’t go then the Lions would have to go with backup quarterback Daunte Culpepper.
Baltimore is coming off an NFL betting loss to Green Bay on Monday but they are still in the playoff picture at 6-6. “We've got plenty to be encouraged about," Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh said. "We're in a tight race for the wild card, we are every bit in it. Everybody, they'll say what they'll say. It's a week-to-week proposition in this league."
Detroit has not played well on the road this season so they are a risky proposition for gamblers looking to bet on football. The Lions are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 bet on football road games.
Baltimore has owned teams with losing records of late. The Ravens are 9-0 in bet on football action vs. a team with a losing record. Baltimore has not played well overall though as they are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The other problem for Baltimore is that they are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games when playing on Sunday following a Monday night game.
Eight of the last eleven road games have gone over the bet on football total. Four of the last five Baltimore home games have gone under in NFL betting.