Both of these teams sit at the top of their divisions, and they’ll meet on Patriot’s home turf for the Monday Night Football game. Baltimore has won their last two games and they are currently tied with Pittsburgh for 1st in the AFC North. This could be more of a challenging game for the Pats than they’ve faced recently, since the Ravens seem to be rolling right now. Even so, the Sports Interaction football betting odds have the Patriots listed as -7 favorites.
Baltimore Ravens vs. New England Patriots
Point spread: Patriots -7
Date: Monday, December 12, 2016
Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts
Quarterback Joe Flacco would probably not be considered an elite QB, but he’s been playing like one as of late. He has recorded season-highs with four touchdown throws and 381 passing yards during their game against the Dolphins last week. His team came out of the gates strong and scored 14 points in the first quarter, giving them a solid lead that they’d hold for the entire game. The strongest aspect of that game wasn’t Flacco however, it was their stellar defense, which allowed only 277 yards while forcing three interceptions from Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
The Patriots know that they have their work cut out for them this Monday. “Joe Flacco is one of the top quarterbacks in the league,” Patriots defensive captain Devin McCourty said in a presser. “I think his ability to get the ball down the field and also his experience and understanding of what’s going on out there and knowing how to attack a defense.”
Baltimore head coach John Harbaugh has also acknowledged that this may be the biggest obstacle on the schedule for his team, saying “Now we have our toughest challenge. We’re going to need to play our best football on Monday night up in New England to win that football game. We do believe we have a chance to do that based on where we’re at right now. That’s what we’re shooting for.”
With their beatdown of the Dolphins last week, the Ravens improved to 7-5 on the year.
New England Patriots
It’s been a banner year for Mr. Tom Brady, who has left the drama of Deflategate in his rearview mirror as he’s led his team to a 10-2 record AND become the all-time winningest quarterback in the league just last week. His 201st win unseated Peyton Manning, and he’s now a single W from becoming the third quarterback with 180 regular-season wins. Brady said of the record: “It’s always been about winning, and I’ve been very fortunate to be on a lot of great teams. I’m just really grateful.”
The Pats are missing some very big, battle-changing guns with Rob Gronkowski now out for the season and Danny Amendola out until the playoffs. Tom Brady is Tom Brady however, and seems to find a way to win regardless of any adversity.
The QB has had to count heavily on RB LeGarrette Blount without his favorite Gronk in the mix, but he might not be able to count on him much against Baltimore’s league best run defense. Last week against the Rams, Blount ran for 88 yards and a touchdown. So, as he’s had to in the past, he will be needing Julian Edelman and Malcolm Mitchell to put up very good numbers for him. Last week, the two of them combined for 16 passes for 183 yards.
Ravens vs. Patriots Prediction
This is going to be much more of a challenge for the Patriots than most of the teams they’ve faced this season, save Seattle. That said, they should still be able to pull of a win, but with a close score.
New England -7