Detroit Lions (6-5) at Baltimore Ravens (6-5)
|Date & Time||Sunday December 3, 2017, 1:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Baltimore Ravens -3 -- Over/Under: 42
The Detroit Lions and Baltimore Ravens meet Sunday in NFL action at M&T Bank Stadium.
The Detroit Lions look for a win here after splitting their last 10 games to stay in the NFC wild card race. The Detroit Lions have won four of their last five road games. Matthew Stafford is completing 62.5 percent of his passes for 3,010 yards, 21 touchdowns and six interceptions. Stafford has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last seven games. Marvin Jones Jr. and Golden Tate have combined for 1,429 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while TJ Jones has 24 receptions. The Detroit Lions ground game is averaging 78.3 yards per contest, and Ameer Abdullah leads the way with 505 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Detroit is allowing 24 points and 359.4 yards per game. Tahir Whitehead leads the Detroit Lions with 74 tackles, Anthony Zettel has 6.5 sacks and Darius Slay has four interceptions.
The Baltimore Ravens look for a third straight victory to remain in the AFC wild card race. The Baltimore Ravens have split their last four home games. Joe Flacco is completing 65.2 percent of his passes for 1,875 yards, nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Flacco has one or less touchdown passes in eight of his last nine games. Mike Wallace and Jeremy Maclin have combined for 721 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Benjamin Watson has 42 receptions. The Baltimore Ravens ground game is averaging 116.8 yards per contest, and Alex Collins leads the way with 630 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Baltimore is allowing 17 points and 305.7 yards per game. C.J. Mosley leads the Baltimore Ravens with 95 tackles, Terrell Suggs has 9.5 sacks and Eric Weddle has four interceptions.
The Lions are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 games in December and 2-8 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Ravens are 7-17 ATS in their last 24 games in December, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win. The over is 5-2 in Ravens last 7 games overall and the over is 4-0 in Lions last 4 games overall.
The Detroit Lions have played their best football this season on the road and have had a mini bye week to prepare given that their last game was on Thanksgiving. I'm still not taking the Lions and the free field goal. The Lions defense has really taken a step back the last couple of weeks, and Stafford has become the king of putting up impressive numbers when the game is out of hand. The Ravens are as healthy as they've been all season and the defense has given up a combined 16 points in their last two games. Stafford against this Baltimore defense could get very ugly for the road team, especially when him already battling a sprained ankle. Give me the Ravens by a touchdown.