Redskins vs. Ravens Point Spread: NFL Pre-Season Week 4 Odds, Prediction

Charlie Grant | Updated Aug 27, 2018

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It’s hard to tell what to expect in exhibition NFL games but pre-season bettors can usually rely on the Baltimore Ravens.

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August 30, 2018, 7:30 PM ET
M&T Bank Stadium
Baltimore
10-6
Pointspread +5.5 -115
Moneyline +220
Over / Under o +35
Pointspread -5.5 -105
Moneyline -270
Over / Under u +35

John Harbaugh’s club carries a 12-game pre-season win streak into its Thursday matchup against Beltway rival Washington.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Harbaugh is among the elite NFL coaches in the month of August. The Ravens are 32-12 straight up and 29-15 against the spread in the pre-season since he became the team’s head coach in 2008. Baltimore is 12-0 SU in its last 12 exhibition contests and 16-4 ATS in its last 20.

The Ravens are coming off a 27-10 victory over the Miami Dolphins last week in Florida and the Under is 10-3 in their last 13 pre-season games.

Washington, meanwhile, lost 29-17 at home against Denver last Friday and hasn’t scored more than 17 points in a game this month. The squad is 12-7 SU and 11-8 ATS in pre-season games since Jay Gruden became the head coach in 2014.

Gruden has a reputation as a coach who doesn’t play his starters much in these warmup contests. Alex Smith and the rest of the Redskins first team offence played only a quarter and a half against the Broncos. Bettors shouldn’t expect to see any recognizable names on the field for Washington on Thursday night.

Washington Redskins

Washington could be looking for a body to take some snaps in its pre-season finale. Backup quarterback Colt McCoy injured his thumb and didn’t practice on Monday. That leaves the Redskins with only Kevin Hogan as the available QB for Thursday night.

Undrafted rookie Connor Jessop was signed by the Redskins on Sunday and should see some action in the second half against Baltimore. The former Virginia Tech Hokie attended Washington’s rookie minicamp and should have some familiarity with Jay Gruden’s offence.

Baltimore Ravens

There might not be a more talked-about battle for backup quarterback in the NFL than the one going on in Baltimore. Veteran QB and former Redskin franchise player Robert Griffin III is fighting rookie Lamar Jackson for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart behind Joe Flacco. Griffin is at-risk of getting cut if he can’t beat Jackson out for the backup job.

“There will probably be a storyline around that,” Griffin told reporters over the weekend. “But, aside from that, it’s just continue to do what we’ve been doing and let the coaches make the decision at the end of the day.”

Redskins vs. Ravens Prediction

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