• The Baltimore Ravens are -4 on the spread against the Las Vegas Raiders in this Monday Night Football matchup. The total is set to 51.
  • Lamar Jackson has rushed for over 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons.
  • The Raiders hit the over in 13 of their 16 games last season.

 

The Baltimore Ravens are heading out west to Sin City for a Week 1 battle with the Las Vegas Raiders. Although both teams have question marks entering the season, the Ravens and Raiders should be in the mix for a playoff spot when all is said and done.

Let’s take a deeper dive into this Monday Night Football matchup between the Ravens and Raiders, complete with where to watch the game, betting odds, public trends, and a prediction.

 

How to Watch Ravens vs. Raiders Monday

Baltimore Ravens (0-0) @ Las Vegas Raiders (0-0)

Date: Monday, September 12th
Start Time
: 8:20 p.m. ET
Television: ESPN

 

Ravens vs. Raiders Betting Line

 

  • The Ravens are -4 on the spread against the Raiders in Week 1.
  • Las Vegas is listed at +180 on the moneyline while Baltimore is at -200.
  • The total is set to 51.
  • Lines are subject to change throughout the week.

 

Public Betting Trends

Early public betting reports show serious confidence in the Birds. The Raiders are bringing in 64% of all bet tickets and 66% of the total money wagered at DraftKings Sportsbook. This follows a notable trend among the primetime games in Week 1. 

 

 

 

Ravens vs. Raiders Game Notes

The Ravens and Raiders have similar offenses in some ways, but there is one big difference. They both like to run the ball and throw to tight ends, but Baltimore has Lamar Jackson.

Jackson’s ability to run the ball is a complete game-changer for the Ravens and it helps open up space for skill-position players. The former MVP ran for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons.

On the other side, the Raiders have the better passing quarterback — Derek Carr. In fact, Carr’s excellent 2020 season was overshadowed by the fact that Las Vegas finished 8-8 and on the outside looking in of the playoffs. Carr finished with 27 passing touchdowns against just nine interceptions last season.

His main target is Darren Waller, a dynamic tight end who posted back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons in 2019 and 2020. Waller finished with a career-high 107 catches and nine touchdowns last season as well.

But the problems for Las Vegas are on the defensive side of the ball. Carr and the offense were able to put up points, but the defense finished 30th in scoring defense. The Raiders added a few new faces to shore up the defense, but it might be a few weeks before the defense finds its stride.

Look for the Ravens to attack Las Vegas’ weak run defense. The Raiders allowed over 125 rushing yards per game last season. Even if Las Vegas had a stout run defense, that would not stop Baltimore from playing their game. They led the NFL in rushing with an impressive 191.9 yards per game.

The Baltimore defense could be the difference in this game. They finished top 10 in four major defensive categories — total (7), scoring (2), passing (6), and rushing (8). They have one of the best cornerback tandems in all of football with Marcus Peters and Marlon Humphrey.

The best chance that the Raiders have. at pulling off the upset is going to be early in this game. Historically, the Ravens have had a hard time overcoming large deficits with Jackson under center. If Las Vegas can take an early lead, they might be able to force Baltimore out of its rush-heavy offense.

When it comes to the betting trends for this game, there is one notable tidbit from DraftKings Sportsbook. Last season, the Raiders went over on the total points in 13 of 16 games. Their high-flying offense combined with a porous defense made for a ton of high-scoring games. Will that trend continue or have the Raiders plugged those holes on defense?

 

Our Week 1 MNF Prediction

It’s always tough to go against an underdog at home, but the Baltimore rushing attack is going to be too much for Las Vegas to handle. Derek Carr will keep this game close but don’t be shocked when the Ravens to pull away with their signature rushing attack in the fourth quarter.

Prediction: Ravens win 34-28

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