Vikings open as underdog vs Ravens
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The defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens have finally fought their way back to .500.
And following a victory over Pittsburgh Thanksgiving night Baltimore now owns the six seed in the AFC playoff standings.
The Ravens can enhance their playoff hopes when they host Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings Sunday.
Baltimore suffered from a bit of the Super Bowl flu this year, starting 3-5. But the Ravens have won three of their last four, and at 6-6 now sit atop the six-team scrum for that second AFC wild-card spot.
Minnesota, meanwhile, just beat Chicago 23-20 in overtime, and is 4-1 ATS over its last five games.
In the early wagering Baltimore was favored by a touchdown over the Vikes at Bovada. Some trends of note include:
The Vikings are 1-6-1 ATS past eight games vs Baltimore and the total has gone UNDER in 7 of Baltimore's last 8 games at home. Overall, the Ravens are 30-2 SU past 32 home games as favorites.
The Ravens sport a record of 6-6 and 6-6 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Vikings sit at 3-8-1 and 5-6-1 ATS on the season. The over under records are 4-7-1 for the Ravens and 9-3 for the Vikings.
The Ravens sit at No. 11 in the current NFL Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Vikings are at No. 29 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Ravens will win this game 23-16.
Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 23-20 winner as they battled the Bears at home. The Vikings covered in the match as a 2.5-point favorite, while 43 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. In their last game, the Ravens were Week 13 winners, coming out on top of the Steelers by a score of 22-20.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Baltimore's No. 25-ranked offense (20.75 PPG) against a Vikings defense that ranks No. 32 at 30.5 PPG. The Ravens passing attack has averaged 227.92 yards per game, less than the Vikings give up through the air (287 YPG on average).
In comparing defenses, the Vikings own the league's No. 11-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 104.67 yards per game when on the road. Baltimore, on the other hand, rates No. 30 this week in generating rushing yards at home.
A few Vikings at Ravens trends to consider:
Minnesota is 3-9-1 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Minnesota's last 12 games
Minnesota is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Minnesota is 0-4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Baltimore is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games at home
Baltimore is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Baltimore's last 8 games at home
Baltimore is 6-1-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Minnesota
Minnesota home to Philadelphia, Sunday, December 15th
Baltimore at Detroit, Monday, December 16th