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Massive Playoff Implications On the Line in Lions-Ravens

A pair of teams trying to stay relevant in the playoff race are set to do battle in Week 13 when Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions travel to Baltimore to square off with Joe Flacco’s Ravens.

Xbet opened the Ravens as 3-point home favorites with a total of 40.

Shark Bites
  • The Lions are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games in December.
  • The total has gone OVER in nine of the Lions’ last 12 games against AFC North teams.
  • The Ravens are 7-17 ATS in their last 24 games in December.

The Lions let a key game get away from them on Thanksgiving Day and now find themselves three games behind the Minnesota Vikings for first place in the NFC North. Star quarterback Matthew Stafford was under major pressure from the vaunted Vikings defense all day and simply didn’t look comfortable for the majority of the game, but he still owns a 21-6 touchdown-to-interception ratio in 2017.

The Ravens put themselves behind the 8-ball early in the campaign but have rebounded in a major way thanks to wins in three of their past four games. The offense has struggled mightily but strong defensive showings coupled with excellent special teams have kept them in the mix.

If Baltimore wins this game, it’s going to be on the strength of the defense. The unit ranks sixth in yards allowed in the NFL and has registered three shutouts. Stopping the run is going to be key for Baltimore, and Ravens bettors will be happy to see the underwhelming duo of Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick in the backfield for the Lions.

The Ravens have struggled playing in the early slate of games on Sundays this season, evidenced by the squad going 1-4 SU in its past five when playing in the 1 p.m. ET time slot.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Detroit Lions were listed as 3-point underdogs at sportsbooks such as TopBet, with the total listed at 42.

OddsShark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game picked a 26-16 victory for the Ravens. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Detroit Lions vs Baltimore Ravens Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Baltimore Ravens currently sport a record of 6-5, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 5-5-1 ATS. The Detroit Lions are 6-5 and 5-5-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Baltimore Ravens post a 6-4-1 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Detroit Lions have gone 8-3 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Baltimore vs Detroit injuries news.

The Ravens-Lions odds would favor the Ravens if the betting lines were set according to power ranks. Baltimore is rated No. 11 in our latest OddsShark poll, while the Lions sit at No. 15.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Baltimore Ravens' No. 18-ranked offense (21.45 PPG) against a Detroit Lions defense that ranks No. 21 at 24 PPG. The Ravens passing attack has averaged 164.27 yards per game, less than the Lions give up through the air (243.27 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Lions own the league's No. 26-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 128.4 yards per game when on the road. Baltimore, on the other hand, rates No. 11 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Marvin Jones hauled in 6 passes for 109 yards against the Minnesota defense in the team's last game, but the result was a 30-23 loss against the Vikings on Thursday.

The Ravens grabbed a Week 12 victory over the Texans in their last game, winning 23-16 at M&T Bank Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Detroit is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Detroit's last 7 games
  • Detroit is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Detroit's last 12 games on the road
  • Baltimore is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Baltimore's last 7 games
  • Baltimore is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Baltimore is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Detroit at Tampa Bay, Sunday, December 10
Baltimore at Pittsburgh, Sunday, December 10