Baltimore Ravens at New Orleans Saints- 9/1/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Baltimore Ravens (5-11) at New Orleans Saints (7-9)
NFL Football: Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Mercedes-Benz Superdome)
The Line: New Orleans Saints -3.5 -- Over/Under: 41 See the Latest Odds
The Baltimore Ravens look to end their preseason schedule with a road win against the New Orleans Saints when the teams meet up on Thursday night.
The Ravens look to finish off the exhibition slate on a high note as they head into the Super Dome to face off with the Saints in an inter-conference game between two sides looking to bounce back after lackluster seasons with the playoffs in mind. Baltimore is once again led by a ferocious defense and see the return of two receivers at opposite ends of their careers as both Breshad Perriman and Steve Smith should be in full health. Joe Flacco remains a constant in the Ravens offense and he could quietly put up some pretty exceptional numbers, and while the ground attack remains a mystery with any number of candidates ready to pounce. The Ravens are coming off an impressive win over the Detroit Lions last week, but they were at home and now have to travel to Louisiana to take on a Saints side coming off a loss against the Steelers might be a tough out.
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The Saints meanwhile are lined up for another explosive season offensively but their defense is going to have to step up if they’re going to make the playoffs and in a division with the reigning NFC champions, an up and coming Bucs team, and the Falcons who always seem to play well at home it could be a tough go for New Orleans if they can’t stop teams on defense. New Orleans has a lethal attack though led by Drew Brees, Mark Ingram, and everyone’s favourite fantasy breakout star Brandin Cooks and even in the preseason they should be in line to put up some points. Defensively though, New Orleans was suspect at best against the Steelers at home last week and with just over a week before they host the Raiders in their season opener they are going to have to hone their defensive game.
The Ravens are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games, 3-9-1 in their last 13 on turf, and 2-6-1 in their last nine ATS on a Thursday while the Saints are 4-1 ATS in their last five overall, 2-5 in their last seven ATS in September, and 6-2-1 in their last nine ATS on turf. The Ravens put up 30 on the Lions last week but with the Saints coming off a home loss last week I expect them to bounce back and use a big first half to cover the spread.