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Broncos vs Ravens betting preview

The Denver Broncos have won eight straight games and will look to make it nine straight his Sunday when they visit the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium.

But Denver is just 1-7 ATS in its past 8 vs Ravens, a trend that conflicts badly with their 9-0 SU, 7-2 ATS run in their past 9 games as favorite.

The Ravens, meanwhile, battered by injury and coming off a week where they fired their offensive coordinator, are 0-5 ATS in their past 5 December games and 2-7 ATS in their past 9 home games.

The Ravens are also a money-losing 1-7 SU their past 8 games as underdog.
 

Overall, Denver is 6-2 ATS over the course of its eight-game winning streak. The game opened as a PK at most sportsbooks, but had been bet up to -2.5 for Denver as of Thursday (over at BetOnline).

Baltimore is 6-2 SU and 7-1 ATS over its last nine games against eight games against Denver. The total has gone UNDER in four of the last five meetings between these two teams.

View Denver vs Baltimore Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Ravens at No. 20 and the Broncos at No. 5 heading into this contest. Handicapping models project a 33-28 result in favor of the Broncos.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Baltimore's No. 9-ranked offense (25.5 PPG) against a Broncos defense that ranks No. 4 at 19.8 PPG. The Ravens passing attack has averaged 235.5 yards per game, more than the Broncos give up through the air (215.7 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Broncos own the league's No. 11-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 108.6 yards per game when on the road. Baltimore, on the other hand, rates No. 22 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

The Broncos were a 26-13 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Raiders. They covered the 10-point spread as favorites, while the total score (39) made winners of UNDER bettors. Peyton Manning led the way last time out for the Broncos, connecting for 310 passing yards and a 26-13 victory over the Raiders at O.co Coliseum.

Last time out for Baltimore, they were a 31-28 loser as they battled the Redskins on the road. The Ravens failed to cover in the match as a 1.5-point underdog, while 59 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Baltimore comes off a game where it received a 3-TD performance from Joe Flacco in a losing cause against the Redskins, a 31-28 final.

Denver Broncos Trends:
When playing in December are 5-5
When playing on turf are 3-7
After outgaining opponent are 6-4
When playing outside the division are 6-4

Baltimore Ravens Trends:
When playing in December are 6-4
When playing on turf are 8-2
After being outgained are 7-3
When playing outside the division are 6-4

A few Broncos at Ravens trends to consider:
Denver is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Denver is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Denver's last 5 games when playing Baltimore
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Denver's last 10 games on the road
Baltimore is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Denver
Baltimore is 16-1 SU in its last 17 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Baltimore's last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Baltimore's last 5 games when playing Denver

Next up:
Denver home to Cleveland, Sunday, December 23
Baltimore home to NY Giants, Sunday, December 23