Baltimore Ravens (0-1) at Oakland Raiders (0-1)
The Ravens lost by 6 in Denver last week and looked awful offensively. However, they were on the road against one of the best teams and one of the best defenses in the league and they could have won if not for two 55+ yard field goals nailed by Denver kicked Brandon McManus. This week, they get a much easier matchup as they play an Oakland team that might be the worst in the AFC. There was a lot of hope that this would be the year that the Raiders would get out of the cellar, but they played horribly week 1 in a 33-13 home loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, a game that was 30-0 before garbage time. They’re better than they were last season, but they’re still one of the least talented teams in the league. The Ravens should have a much easier time of moving the ball against the Raiders, even without left tackle Eugene Monroe and wide receiver Breshad Perriman with injuries. I still have hope for the Ravens as a top AFC team, as I did coming into the season.
The Ravens aren’t nearly as good of a team on the road, or at least they haven’t been in the Joe Flacco/John Harbaugh era. They are 47-11 at home over that time period, outscoring their opponents by an average of 10.33 points per game, as opposed to 35-35 on the road, outscoring their opponents by an average of just 1.04 points per game. However, they are in their 2nd straight road game, which helps. Teams are 197-200 in their 2nd of two road games since 2008, getting outscored by an average of 0.25 points per game, as opposed to 278-392 in their 1st of one road game since 2008, getting outscored by an average of 3.10 points per game. This line is too high for me to put money on Baltimore, especially since we don’t know how their defense will handle losing Terrell Suggs for the season with a torn Achilles, but the Ravens should be the right side.
Baltimore Ravens 20 Oakland Raiders 10
Pick against the spread: Baltimore -6.5