According to a reliable YouWager news source, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco will be wearing a brace on his left knee when his team faces the New England Patriots on Sunday. It’s only a protective measure, the Ravens say, after Flacco was hit hard by DeAndre Levy, a lineman for the Detroit Lions, last week. Online sportsbook wagering fans saw the Super Bowl-winning quarterback’s knee give way, in slow-motion, when he sustained the hit.
Baltimore’s head coach, John Harbaugh, told YouWager’s source, ”I winced when I saw it on tape again this morning. It was a pretty tough hit.”
In practice sessions this week, Flacco wore a brace on the knee. He said it was slightly stiff, but OK. “It’s always scary when you get your knee hit,” he said. “I’ve never really had a severe knee injury or anything so you don’t know what is what. If you feel something you definitely get a little scared.”
Flacco doesn’t seem to think it will slow down Baltimore’s winning momentum. As the 8-6 Ravens aim for their fifth win in a row, at YouWager, they are 2.5 point favorites in Sunday’s matchup with the Patriots.
The 10-4 New England Patriots have problems of their own. Without star receiver Rob Gronkowksi, quarterback Tom Brady almost managed a win in Miami. Almost. But ‘almost’ won’t get the job done, as one Internet wagering enthusiast said. In the 2013 NFL football betting season, the Pats have gone 3-4 on the road. Still, they are the Patriots, and Tom Brady has shown the online wagering community that he can put numbers on the board with other receivers.
Ravens fans hope Flacco’s commitment to Sunday’s game is about more than his ego or attempt to get into the record books. In his 6 years in the National Football League, Flacco hasn’t missed a single start, for 107 games. “Hey listen,” he told YouWager’s source, “At some point it may happen that I can’t go out there to start a football game. But I’d prefer that I hold that off a while.”
Despite Flacco’s stiff knee, or the absence of ‘Gronk,’ online oddsmakers hope to see a playoff-caliber effort from both of these Super Bowl championship winning clubs. In the last 5 games between the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots, the Ravens have won 3. Two of those wins were playoff games. Against a team with a winning record, Baltimore is 19-6-2 against the spread. In their last 5 games, the Pats are 1-4 against the spread. At YouWager, the Patriots are 2.5 point underdogs in Sunday’s contest. The Total is 44.5. Game time on Sunday afternoon is 4:25PM Eastern.