New Orleans Saints at Baltimore Ravens Pick - Odds and ATS Predictions

October 21, 4:05 PM EDT

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Baltimore -2.5

The New Orleans Saints (4-1) and Baltimore Ravens (4-2) will meet again in a cross-conference clash at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland on Sunday, October 21st, 2018 at 4:05 PM ET. The affair will be televised on FOX. The Ravens have won the last three meetings between both parties, but it is worth noting that the two teams only meet every four years due to scheduling constraints. In 2014, Baltimore defeated New Orleans 34-27 in NOLA as a 2.5-point underdog.

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New Orleans Saints at Baltimore Ravens Overview

New Orleans Saints

The Saints come in off a historic win on Monday Night Football two weeks ago as the Black and Gold have enjoyed a bye in between their triumph against the Washington Redskins between now and then. In the aforementioned victory, Saints Quarterback Drew Brees set a record for most career passing yards eclipsing Peyton Manning’s mark set prior to his retirement. The Saints have won four in a row and defeated the Skins by a score of 43-19. New Orleans has also covered in their last three outings.

Baltimore Ravens

After losing to the Cleveland Browns in overtime in a sloppy 12-9 loss determined by field goals, Baltimore’s defense pitched a shutout against the Tennessee Titans in their follow-up in Music City. The Ravens dominated the Titans by a score of 21-0. The Ravens are finally back home after a three-game road trip that saw them also earn a win at Pittsburgh on Sunday Night Football when they defeated the Steelers 26-14 as a three-point dog.

Reasons to Back Baltimore

The Ravens defense is the best in the NFL. The Ravens surrender a league-leading 270.8 yards of total offense per game and also lead the NFL in scoring defense with a menial 12.8 points per game. There is an old adage, the offense will win games and defense will win championships. It is very hard to fade a team with a defensive unit this good even if Drew Brees is on the other side.

Reasons to Avoid New Orleans

New Orleans enters into this contest in a notorious trap spot. They made a positive impression on Monday Night Football and while they were at it, a historic moment was witnessed by America which makes them a popular choice alone in their first match since. When you toss in the bye, New Orleans looks way too easy here with points to take back. This seems to be a carrot dangling at the end of a string more than a free lunch.

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New Orleans at Baltimore Prediction 10/21/2018

Outside of Washington, New Orleans has not crossed paths with a team that has the defensive awareness like that of Baltimore. And with respect to that, New Orleans plays at a much higher level at home with a clear-cut advantage as opposed to the paltry M&T Bank Stadium. Though the Saints score a league-leading 36 points per game, this was done against Tampa Bay, Cleveland, New York, and Atlanta. None of these teams come even close to Washington let alone Baltimore in terms of defense. The Saints are in for a rude awakening.

Free Pick: 
Take Baltimore -2.5

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