Baltimore (5-3) at New Orleans (3-5)
When: Monday, November 7th 2022
Where: Caesars Superdome,
New Orleans, LA
Time: 8:15 ET | TV: ESPN
Opening Odds: Baltimore -3.5/49
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The Baltimore Ravens will look to keep their lead in the AFC North when they step out of conference and head to New Orleans to take on the Saints on Monday Night Football. The Ravens might have just a 5-3 record, but lead late in all three setbacks and could easily be 7-1 or even 8-0. Baltimore is coming off two hard-fought wins over the Cleveland Browns and most recently, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers behind a strong rushing attack. The Ravens made a splash at the trade deadline, acquiring linebacker Roquan Smith from the Chicago Bears. Smith leads the NFL with 83 tackles and will help a Baltimore defense that ranks 20th in scoring (22.9 points allowed per game). Smith will play Monday night, as well as starting linebacker Tyus Bowser and rookie linebacker David Ojabo, whom have yet to play this season because of Achilles injuries.
In Baltimore’s win over Tampa Bay, Lamar Jackson threw for 238 yards and two scores and the team rushed for a whopping 231 yards. One of Jackson’s top receivers, Rashod Bateman, injured his foot and will miss a few weeks. The offense averages 26.0 points per game – good for sixth in the NFL – but have seen the total hit the Under in seven of their last 10 games overall. There will be several key players on the side of the Ravens who will be questionable this week. Running back Gus Edwards and tight end Mark Andrews were banged up in last week’s game. Baltimore will have their bye next week before hosting the Carolina Panthers on Nov. 20.
Last week, New Orleans’ defense had an interception, four sacks, seven tackles for loss, nine quarterback hits, eight passes defended and nine stops on 14 third-down attempts. The Saints’ secondary limited star wide receiver Davante Adams to one catch for three yards. Andy Dalton threw for 229 yards and two scores and presumably will keep the starting job over Jameis Winston. Alvin Kamara had 62 rushing yards and a touchdown on 18 carries and a team-high of 96 receiving yards to go with a pair of touchdowns on nine catches and 10 targets. No. 2 running back Mark Ingram suffered an MCL sprain and is expected to miss 3-4 weeks. The Saints running game is averaging 171 yards in the last four games.
The Ravens are even better than their 5-3 record. The offense is really tough to stop and now the defense is improved with Roquan Smith. I’m not going to overreact to the Saints win over the Raiders last week. Las Vegas is bad and just lost to Jacksonville. The Saints have failed to cover their last four Monday night games.
Pick: Ravens -1.5