Ravens vs. Saints MNF Odds & Picks Week 12
Week 12 of the season wraps up on Monday Night Football in the Bayou. The New Orleans Saints have lost two consecutive games at home, and they are going to try to avoid a third straight defeat at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens. The oddsmakers are still showing a lot of confidence in the Saints, posting them at -3. The ‘total’ is a relatively high 49.5.
RAVENS – SAINTS MNF POINT SPREAD WEEK 12 2014:
This offense has had the potential to be explosive all season long, and 26.1 points per game shows just that. Odds have it, it will take at least that many points to knock off the Saints in their hometown.
2. Why the SAINTS will cover the spread: The Saints can’t really lose three games in a row at home… can they? QB Drew Brees has barely averaged six yards per pass attempt over the course of each of his last two games. He has gone against two really good secondaries in that stretch, though. This week, he is going against a Baltimore secondary which just recently lost DB Jimmy Smith for the season.
History will tell you that the second corner has had a terrible time defending big time wide receivers. Now, without Smith in there, the Ravens are going to be stuck with a pair of corners who could be very vulnerable.
3. Total Talk SAINTS/RAVENS: The Ravens have been an incredibly balanced team this year in terms of ‘totals’, going a level 5-5 for the ‘over’ and the ‘under’. However, Baltimore has played three straight ‘over’ games on the road, and here at the Superdome, that could end up being the case once again.
New Orleans has played five of its last seven games ‘over’ the ‘total’, including taking three of its last four here at home past the number.
4. Betting Trends for SAINTS/RAVENS: The Saints really looked like they were about to go on a tear. They had covered three straight games off of their bye. However, they have run into two straight duds here at home where they have been beaten both SU and ATS.
Baltimore has gone just 1-2-1 ATS this season when playing on the road, though its one cover did come in its other game on the road against an AFC South foe. The Ravens beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 48-17 in a game in which QB Joe Flacco threw five touchdowns in the first 18 minutes.
Ravens 38 – Saints 31