Baltimore Ravens v New England Patriots – NFL Betting Preview and Prediction
This Monday, November 4, we will get to see a thrilling bout between New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens, who will lock horns at M&T Bank Stadium where Baltimore will look to hand Patriots their first L of the season, as they climb their way to the top of the league.
New England Patriots eyeing a perfect 9-0 record
The Patriots will enter this fixture with a perfect 8-0 record and are coming off a 27:13 win over Cleveland Browns last week. Before that, patriots edged past Buffalo Bills (10:16), defeated Washington Redskins (7:33), New York Giants (25:14) and dismantled New York Jets 0:33.
While holding onto an impressive record, Patriots, just like any other team have some issues and we believe those issues will surface here. The biggest concern we have with Patriots is their passing attack, and while it’s hard to be too negative about it, there is no hiding the fact QB Tom Brady is not quite the same quarterback he was five years ago, with his arm strength noticeably weaker than what it used to be. The lack of a true downfield threat also reduces the ability for receivers to get open, which is something Ravens will look to take full advantage of.
For the Patriots, TE Matt LaCosse has been ruled out for this match. OG Shaq Mason, WR Gunner Olszewski, SS Patrick Chung, TE Ryan Izzo, WR Julian Edelman and RB James White on the other side are all listed as questionable. On a more positive note, WR N’Keal Harry is expected to play here.
Ravens looking to extend their streak to four in a row
Baltimore Ravens are coming off a bye week and will enter this fixture with a 5-2 record next to their name. Looking back at their last five fixtures, Ravens lost to Kansas City Chiefs (33:28) and Cleveland Browns (25:40), to which they added a streak of three consecutive wins against Pittsburgh Steelers (23:26), Cincinnati Bengals (23:17) and most recently Seattle Seahawks (16:30) on November 20, 2019.
Entering this fixture, Ravens will look to take full advantage of Brown and their dynamic QB Lamar Jackson, who is more or less impossible to scheme for, even for the incredibly strong Patriot’s defence. His elusiveness and speed is a huge nuisance to deal with for any of his opponents and Patriots won’t be an exception. We can expect Patriots to use their blitz-heavy scheme in defence, which they did in last weeks, however, we can’t see it working with the same success against Ravens and Jackson, who is on top of all also an exceptional passer. All things considered, it will all come down to how well can Jackson carry his team and considering his form and overall talent, we believe he is more than capable of making something happen here.
Ravens will enter this fixture with CB Maurice Canady, LB Patrick Onwuasor, OL Patrick Mekri and CB Jimmy Smith WR Marquise Brown and CB Bennett Jackson all listed as questionable.
Smith could be returning for Ravens, which should further boost their secondary that already looks very solid with Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters. We expect their pass defence to hold out here.
Verdict & Prediction
New England Patriots enter this fixture as favourites, which is fair, considering they strong form, however, we believe Ravens will prove to be a much tougher nut to crack compared to what the visitors might expect. Lamar Jackson will be the man to watch, as he seems to be the perfect player to exploit all of Patriot’s weaknesses, who will have a hard time stopping him. Jackson has grown tremendously this year into an excellent pocket passer and his running ability is not to be underestimated either. As long as he can perform up to par and avoid unnecessary turnovers, there is a real chance for the home side to win and with the odds offered on that outcome, we will gladly take our chances.
Prediction: Baltimore Ravens to win
Odds: 2.46 Matchbook