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Ravens vs. Falcons NFL Preview

Betting a Falcons Ravens game in recent years has always produced the same result - the Ravens cover the spread and the game goes UNDER the total.

It's happened seven straight games and the Ravens are slight underdogs tonight in NFL action. If you believe history will repeat itself, a Baltimore wager on the moneyline might make sense.

With only a single point to cover at home, the Atlanta Falcons look like they will have a slight edge when the Baltimore Ravens come to town on Thursday Night Football.

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On paper this game couldn’t be a closer matchup, so home-field advantage could be the deciding factor. Both teams will go into the game atop their respective divisions with a 6-2 record on the season, and both teams are on a two-game win streak going into Thursday night.

Neither team has any serious injuries to report. The Falcons do have a short list of players that are questionable to start on Thursday, but only LB Sean Weatherspoon was absent from practice this week. [ Ravens Falcons Matchup Report ]

Atlanta has been better on total offense this season and ranks fifth in the league in that category with an average of 370 yds/game. Baltimore ranks 14th in the same category, but a closer look shows that they’re not far behind Atlanta’s totals with 348 yds/game of their own.

Both teams are among the leaders in the league in rushing, and after eight games the Falcons have only rushed for 142 more total yards than the Ravens. We see the same close comparison in rushing defense with the Ravens allowing only nine yds/game more than Atlanta thus far.

This trend continues for passing offense with only 10 yds/game separating them, but it’s in the pass defense category where we see that one team has a slight edge over the other. Baltimore ranks ninth in the league against the pass, allowing the opposition an average of 206 yds/game, while Atlanta sits down in 26th place in the same category allowing 250 yds/game.

With no big edge going to either team you’ll have to get back to old-school betting basics for the Week 10 Thursday night contest. Home-field advantage, with only one point to cover at Bovada, is enough for Atlanta to get the nod this week.

If you’re looking to make a bet on the total keep in mind that the Falcons average 24.5 pts/game while the Ravens average 21.9 pts/game. With a total of only 43.5 points being offered at Sports Interaction, the OVER bet looks like it’s the way to go.