It won’t be the flashiest game on the Week 13 schedule, but it could be the most competitive.
The Lions and Ravens enter this game with identical 6-5 records, and both are 5-5-1 ATS this season. To take it one step further, both are inching their way to possible wild card spots, and would like to be part of the NFL post season in January.
Detroit Lions at Baltimore Ravens
Point Spread: Ravens -3 (-110) Date: Sunday, December 3, 1:00pmET Location: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD
Point Spread and Betting Analysis
It’s hard to believe, but this game marks only the fifth time in NFL history that the Ravens will meet the Lions during the regular season. The Ravens hold the 3-1 series edge in the games they have played, the last one being played on December 16, 2013 when the Ravens edged the Lions 18-16 on a Justin Tucker 61 yard field goal in the last minute of play. The Ravens are 0-3-1 ATS in their last four games following a straight up win. Interesting note, the over is 4-0 in the Lions last four games overall, while the over is 4-0 in the last four games the Ravens have played in the month of December.
Thanks to a 30-23 setback to the Minnesota Vikings on Thanksgiving the Lions find themselves 6-5 (5-5-1 ATS) on the season, and are now three full games behind the division leaders (Minnesota). When breaking down the Lions this season, they have scored a lot of points, currently tied for fifth in that department (26.7 average) but have struggled running the ball (30th – 78.3 yards).
The defence has been an issue at times, currently ranked 26th in total yards (359.4). This mixture of offence and defence has the team right in the middle of most games (Net points of 30, average of 2.72/game), but this team has to break that mold. The Lions are 4-1 on the road this season.
The Ravens are coming off a 23-16 victory over the Texans on Monday night football, and now have a 6-5 (5-5-1) record on the season. In the win, two elements existed. The offence was ugly, but they didn’t turn over ball. Quarterback Joe Flacco passed for only 141 yards, but did not throw an interception, or fumble the ball. This has been normal for a Ravens team who is 31st (281.1) in total yards, and 32nd (164.3) in passing yards.
If the Ravens do anything in this game and season, it will be all about the defence, ranked 7th (305.7) in total yards, and second (17.0) in points allowed.
Detroit Lions at Baltimore Ravens Prediction
Lions 21 – Ravens 17