NFL Betting: Baltimore Ravens at Detroit Lions

NFL Betting:  Baltimore Ravens at Detroit Lions

Week 15 of the National Football League schedule concludes on Monday night in Detroit as the hometown Lions host the Baltimore Ravens at Ford Field. Despite the fact that this is a non conference matchup it’s a very important game for both teams. The Ravens come in at 7-6 and with the Cincinnati Bengals being upset by the Pittsburgh Steelers over the weekend they’ve now got an opportunity to get back into the divisional race. Detroit is in a similar spot and can pull into a tie with the Chicago Bears in the NFC Central with a win here.

There’s a number of contradictory concepts in the handicap of this game but simply put the Ravens aren’t a great road team and the Lions are a solid home team. Detroit is just 4-2 SU at home but Matthew Stafford has been a much more potent quarterback at Ford Field where he’s thrown 15 touchdowns in six games. Despite this perceived home field superiority, however, the ATS numbers don’t validate this advantage. Detroit is just 3-3 ATS this year and 9-12 ATS at home since 2011. Calvin Johnson. We’re no fans of the erratic Jim Schwartz coached team but they continue to have one of the best defensive lines in football but we get the support their receiving from bettors on their home field.

Baltimore has shown a tendency to play in close games this season. Eight of the Ravens’ last 10 games have been decided by three points or less which makes it dicey to lay a touchdown with the Lions. The Ravens are just 1-5 SU/2-4 ATS away from home this season. Baltimore is coming in riding a three game winning streak while Detroit is coming in off a loss which actually makes us more interested in the home team. While its tough to go against the Ravens’ penchant for playing in close games we’ll lay the points with the Lions and look for them to continue Baltimore’s misery away from home. We’ll also look for this game to go ‘Over’ the total as Matthew Stafford has a big game and Joe Flacco gets enough for Baltimore to exceed the total.