Baltimore Ravens (2-2) at Oakland Raiders (2-2)
|Date & Time||Sunday October 8, 2017, 4:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Oakland Raiders -4 -- Over/Under:
The Baltimore Ravens and the Oakland Raiders square off in week 5 NFL action from the Oakland Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.
The Baltimore Ravens will look to rebound after back-to-back losses to fall back to .500 after a 28-9 loss to the Steelers in week 4. Joe Flacco completed 31 of his 49 pass attempts for 235 yards, a touchdown and 2 interceptions. Alex Collins led the Baltimore ground game with 50 rushing yards on 9 carries, while Mike Wallace caught a team-high 6 passes for 55 yards and the team’s lone touchdown in the loss. Javorius Allen also caught 6 passes, while Benjamin Watson and Nick Boyle each hauled in 5 passes in the losing effort. Ladarius Webb logged a sack and Eric Weddle added an interception as the Ravens defense allowed 381 yards of total offense in the loss.
The Oakland Raiders will also be looking to bounce back after back-to-back losses of their own, including a 16-10 loss in their last outing to the Denver Broncos to fall to 2-2 this season. Derek Carr threw for 143 yards and a touchdown on 10 of 18 passing before leaving the game with a fracture in his back that will sideline the Raiders’ starting QB for 2-6 weeks. E.J. Manuel filled in in relief, throwing for 106 yards and an interception on 11 of 17 passing. The Raiders’ ground attack was hardly that in week 4, combining for 24 rushing yards on 15 carries, led by Marshawn Lynch, who racked up 12 yards on 9 carries. Johnny Holton’s lone reception was a 64-yard catch and run for a touchdown, while Seth Roberts caught 4 passes for 49 yards. Jared Cook caught 3 passes for 46 yards while Cordarrelle Patterson hauled in a team-high 6 passes in the loss. A pair of Raider sacks highlighted the otherwise solid performance from the Oakland defense, giving up 298 yards of total offense and holding the Broncos to 5 for 16 on 3rd down in the losing effort.
Baltimore is 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against the AFC while the under is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games following a loss. Oakland is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games against the AFC while the over is 21-6-2 in their last 29 home games. The home team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
If Carr was playing, I’d probably back Oakland, but I don’t trust Manuel as far as I can throw him. Not to mention, the Raiders have a porous defense that an experienced QB like Flacco could tear up if everything lines up right. I think the this is a prime spot for the Ravens to steal a win, so I’ll take the points with Baltimore in a game I think the Ravens win outright.