Baltimore Ravens (7-6) at Detroit Lions (7-6)

Kickoff: Monday, December 16th, at 8:40PM Eastern

Line: Detroit -6.5 Total: 50

With a 7-6 record in the 2013 NFL football wagering season, the Baltimore Ravens have the last wild card spot in the AFC. The Detroit Lions won’t have one is they can’t win their division title. Leading online oddsmakers see Monday night’s game as a contest between one of the league’s best offenses and one of the toughest defenses. Detroit is rated number one in total offense. Baltimore’s defense is rated 8th in total points allowed. At YouWager, the Ravens, the reigning NFL champions, are 6.5 point underdogs in this matchup.

Detroit’s quarterback, Matthew Stafford, is passing for 297.2 yards per game. Stafford has completed 58.3 percent of his throws in 2013 for 3,973 yards with 27 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Stafford’s most effective receiver has been Calvin Johnson. Johnson is second in the league with 1,351 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. But some sportsbook bettors are concerned about Johnson’s age. Taunting him, Matt Elam, a safety for Baltimore, promises trouble for the 28 year-old receiver. He told a YouWager news source, “He’s pretty old, so I don’t know how physical he’ll be. He’s a big guy, but he’s older. I guess when they get older they’re not going to be as physical, you know what I’m saying? We’re going to have to be physical, make him uncomfortable.” The Ravens may have a difficult time moving the ball forward on the ground as well. Running back Reggie Bush is struggling with an injured calf. Bush did not attend most of the team’s practice sessions, but may play anyway. Detroit’s offense is averaging 26.6 points and 409.4 yards per game. Their defense is giving up 24.7 points and 355.2 yards per game.

Baltimore’s running back, Ray Rice has not managed to be very productive this season. For this reason, the Ravens are only rated 29th in rushing. The Ravens can expect strong opposition from the Lions, on the ground. In the air, quarterback Joe Flacco will have to remind Detroit, and Internet wagering buffs, that he has Super Bowl-winning skills, if he wants to take the Ravens to the playoffs. Baltimore is undefeated at home, but their games on the road have been a different story. Flacco has completed 59.4 percent of his passes for 3,238 yards with 18 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He has been sacked 41 times.

In their last 6 games on the road, against a team with a winning record, the Ravens are 5-0-1 against the spread. After a victory, they re 1-4 against the spread. Baltimore is 18-6-2 against the spread when playing a team with a winning record. In the last 4 games between these two teams, the home team has covered the point spread. In their last 7 matchups, the Lions are 2-5 against the spread. Oddsmakers expect to see these teams generate plenty of points. At YouWager, the Lions are 6.5 favorites. The Total is 50. Game time Monday night is 8:40PM Eastern.


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