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Los Angeles Rams at Baltimore Ravens - 8/9/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Rams (0-0) at Baltimore Ravens (0-0)

NFL Football: Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm (M&T Bank Stadium)

The Line: Baltimore Ravens -3 -- Over/Under: 36 See the Latest Odds

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The Los Angeles Rams and Baltimore Ravens meet Thursday in NFL preseason action at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Los Angeles Rams enter the season as Super Bowl contenders, so it’s going to be interesting to see how Sean McVay and his staff handle the playing time with this roster. Jared Goff shouldn’t see a lot of time in this contest, meaning majority of the reps will go to Sean Mannion and Brandon Allen, two wet behind the ears quarterbacks simply hoping to stay employed. The one interesting thing about the Rams offense is that there’s three rookie backup offensive linemen in Joseph Noteboom, Brian Allen and Jamil Demby, so this second unit could experience some serious growing pains. Defensively, seeing a secondary with Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib is going to be entertaining for better or worse. I also want to see fifth round draft pick Ogbonnia Okoronkwo climb up the linebacker depth chart. The Los Angeles Rams went from being unwatchable to one of the more intriguing rosters in the league rather quickly. 

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Los Angeles Rams at Baltimore Ravens - 8/9/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Baltimore Ravens are coming off a 17-16 victory over the Chicago Bears in the Hall of Fame Game, a contest in which Joe Flacco didn’t play. We should see the Ravens starter a bit more in this contest, and hopefully Lamar Jackson also gets a chance to prove himself more than he did in the preseason opener. The positives of that contest is that RGIII had his moments and could have earned himself a chance to revive his career if he can build on such a performance. The Ravens could have a backup QB competition going on right now. Defensively, Chris Board led the Ravens with seven tackles, Kamalei Correa had three sacks and Chuck Clark had one interception. Overall, the Baltimore Ravens have to do a better job of closing games, as a team that turns the ball over four times shouldn’t still have a chance to win late.

The Rams are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Ravens are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games on fieldturf. The favorite is 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 meetings and the home team is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.

The Los Angeles Rams know what they have for the most part and should be more focused on health rather than playing the guys who make a difference. I like teams that have a preseason game under their belt already, and you have to be intrigued by what RGIII and Jackson showed in limited reps. Throw Flacco in there, and the Ravens have a solid quarterback trio that is trustworthy betting wise. I'll lay the field goal with the home team. 

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