The Sunday night football predictions are difficult to make for this big time clash between the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots. The Baltimore Ravens were ushered out of the playoffs a year ago by the New England Patriots in a game they had a clear chance to win. The Ravens dropped a pass in the end zone and missed a field goal that could have made the difference and allowed the Ravens to advance to the Super Bowl. On Sunday night they have a chance for redemption.
Patriots vs Ravens Odds: In a game that could come down to the final minutes the Baltimore Ravens are listed as (-3) point favorites with the total set at 49.5. Look for an updated spread on this game at BetOnline, the top-rated sportsbook and get up to $900 in free plays to bet on football!
The Patriots come limping into this game after an upset loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The Patriots had a chance to win late but a missed field goal gave them their first loss in a home opener at Gillette stadium.
The loss could be partly attributed to the loss of Aaron Hernandez to an injury. The Patriots play the “bunch’ set that features multiple tight ends and after the injury they were forced to go to different sets. It took time to adjust and they were still in a position to win. That is why Bill Belichick is one of the best coaches in the league because of his adjustments. The coach has been adjusting all week.
The Patriots signed tight end Kellen Winslow to attempt to fill the void of a pass-catching tight end. They brought back in wide receiver Deion Branch to the fold for this game so they would be able to utilize more multiple wide receiver and spread sets against the Ravens. Will Wes Welker finally play an expanded role in the offense?
The Ravens come in after a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The Ravens could not take advantage of turnovers and let the game slip away late. They will try and right the ship and get revenge against Tom Brady and the Patriots.
The Patriots are 1-3-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last five meetings although they are usually the favorites. This time they are underdogs which make them a tempting play. The Patriots are 34-16-1 ATS in their last 51 games following a loss and they are 13-6 ATS in their last 19 against the AFC.
The Patriots know how to game plan for this game and Belichick will have his team ready to play. This game will come down to the wire and that means the points are too good to pass up.