A Week 3 rematch of last season’s AFC Championship game between Tom Brady and Joe Flacco serves as the grand finale to today’s NFL betting lineup
Running back Ray Rice has racked up 278 yards in two regular season meetings with the Patriots along with 237 yards in two postseason games
Baltimore lost a close game in Philadelphia last week while the New England Patriots were upset by the Arizona Cardinals. We preview this primetime matchup with a look at betting trends against the spread, injury updates and NFL odds for half-time betting and team totals.
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The 20-18 loss to Arizona was Tom Brady’s first career home opener that didn’t result in a straight-up win. New England outgained the Cards by 142 yards and Brady completed 28 of 46 passes for 316 yards but he couldn’t connect on his deep passes, going just three for 12 on pass attempts more than 15 yards downfield.
Online sportsbooks offered Baltimore with the token 3-point advantage for home field but enough money on the Patriots trimmed that line to -1.5. It’s bounced back today with some online betting outlets and one of the key storylines involves tragic news for Ravens wideout Torrey Smith (Check status).
Smith left the team this morning on the news his brother had been killed in a motorcycle accident. If Smith doesn’t play, Anquan Boldin, Dennis Pitta and Jacoby Jones will look to pick up the slack but Ray Rice is the Ravens biggest weapon.
First-half odds favor the Ravens by a half-point with a total of 24.5. First half team totals are 12 for the Pats and 12.5 for Baltimore.
Teams like the Patriots usually attract plenty of action from the sports betting public based on reputation. Playoffs included, New England did win 15 games straight-up last year and they are 6-2 SU away from Gillette Stadium but the fact they are getting points should send off a signal.
– Teams who won at least 10 games the previous season are just 25-43-7 ATS (37-percent) as September road dogs since the 2000 season
The loss of Smith’s brother may serve as a distraction for some teams but this Ravens crew is a focused group and this date has been circled on their calendar since NFL schedules were released. Whether or not Smith plays, look for QB Flacco, RB Rice and the Ravens defense to give New England all they can handle. Take the Ravens