Ravens vs. Raiders Point Spread: NFL Week 1 Odds, Prediction

Nik Kowalski | Updated Sep 08, 2021

The Baltimore Ravens are on the road in Las Vegas to open the season against the Raiders. Former MVP quarterback Lamar Jackson is looking for another big year after leading the Ravens in both passing and rushing last year.

Baltimore
4-1
AT
September 13, 2021, 8:15 PM ET
Allegiant Stadium
Las Vegas
3-2
Pointspread -3 -120
Moneyline -162
Over / Under o +50.5

60%

Betting Action

40%

Pointspread +3 +100
Moneyline +135
Over / Under u +50.5

60%

Betting Action

40%

Monday Night Football kicks off with the Baltimore Ravens travelling west to Las Vegas for a clash with the Raiders in the first game at Allegiant Stadium with fans. The Ravens finished 11-5 a season ago before losing at Buffalo in the Divisional Round, while Las Vegas went an even 8-8 and missed the playoffs. Kickoff in Vegas is at 8:15 EST.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

The Ravens have only had one losing season since 2008, and the Raiders have helped out with this as they’ve lost 12 of their last 15 against Baltimore. The Ravens also covered the spread in 11 of those 15 meetings, and enter Week 1 as a 4.5-point road favourite to win against Las Vegas on the NFL odds.

On the flip side, Las Vegas is 4-1 ATS in their last five Week 1 games and 6-1 ATS in their last seven Monday nighters. Nearly 80 per cent of Sports Interaction bettors are rolling with Baltimore.

The over-under Monday is set at 51, which has a lot to do with both teams ranking in the Top-10 in points per game a year ago but also Last Vegas ranking 30th in points against at 29.9 a game. That said, Baltimore finished first in opponents points per game in 2020–21 with an 18.5 average.

Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore’s Top-10 offence had a ton to do with their commitment to running the ball. No team averaged more carries per game than the Ravens last season, and no team came within 30 yards of Baltimore’s 192.1 rushing yards per game.

Former MVP quarterback Lamar Jackson led the team in both passing and rushing in 2020–21, throwing for 2,757 yards and adding another 1,005 on the ground. When Jackson hit 1,000 rushing yards last season, he became the first quarterback to rush for the century mark more than once.

Along with Jackson, running back Gus Edwards should see a ton of carries on the ground as both J.K. Dobbins (injury) and Marc Ingram (free agency) won’t be suiting up in Week 1. Both Dobbins and Ingram received over 70 carries for the Ravens last season.

Las Vegas Raiders

Jon Gruden’s even season in 2020–21 pushed his record to 19-29 during his second stint as the Raiders’ head coach. To make matters worse, the Raiders have played one playoff game since 2003 and quarterback Derek Carr’s yet to start a playoff game in seven years with the club.

Carr’s returning as QB1 for Las Vegas and his supporting cast of Josh Jacobs, Darren Waller, and Henry Rugs III will too. Jacobs rushed for 1,065 yards last season while Waller had 107 catches for 1,196 yards and nine touchdowns, leading all tight ends in receptions. Ruggs had 452 receiving yards in his rookie campaign.

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