Ravens eyeing 18th straight preseason win: Here's why Saints could actually be a good underdog bet

Preseason football is here, which suggests it’s time to recklessly hypothesize on a novice’s profession after seeing him for a couple of plays and leap to conclusions when it pertains to a few of the significant quarterback fights around the league. Very few fans can remain juiced about a low-scoring preseason match for all 4 quarters, however there is one group of individuals who can: NFL preseason gamblers.

Yes, there are those who bank on preseason football — a club which I’m happily a member of. Some might make fun of us or believe we have absolutely nothing much better to do with our lives, however the joke is on them since cash is being made. For those not familiar with NFL preseason wagering, there are 2 constants you require to be familiar with: Unders are going to strike and the Baltimore Ravens are going to win. I’m here today to weigh in on the latter.

The Ravens are presently riding a 17-game win streak in the preseason — which clearly is the longest active streak in the league. According to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley, the Ravens are simply 2 preseason wins far from connecting the NFL-record 19 successive wins that Vince Lombardi and the Green Bay Packers tape-recorded from 1959-1962. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh does not take these preseason video games as a joke, as he thinks they suggest something because they develop momentum heading into the routine season.

“It suggests a lot,” Harbaugh stated, by means of the Ravens’ main site. “Whether it’s a winning streak, or simply the concept of how you approach the video games.

“I simply believe it’s a credit to the gamers in regards to preparation and the coaches for many years in regards to we run an excellent training school, offseason program and people are prepared to play excellent essential football. That’s what wins, whether it’s preseason or whatever it may be.”

With history near to being made and their current performance history, the Ravens are going to be a popular choice to beat the New Orleans Saints on Saturday night (Baltimore is a 2.5-point favorite at Caesar’s Sportsbook). Nevertheless, I’m extremely careful of taking Baltimore.

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Firstly, the Ravens have actually handled a number of concerns in training school. Quarterback Lamar Jackson missed out on the very first 10 days of camp due to COVID-19 and the offending line has actually been getting “whipped relatively frequently at practice.” Here’s what CBS Sports NFL Expert Jason La Canfora stated in his expert notes on Friday:

“Star left take on Ronnie Stanley is coming off a considerable midseason surgical treatment and simply began to do private drills today. At finest possibly he is prepared for some operate in the 3rd preseason video game, however even then will be resolving things himself checking his body in such a way he never ever has in the past. It’s been a turning cast of less-than-ideal prospects working as the beginning left take on without him (Tyree Phillips, Patrick Mecari, Andrew Smith), crucial veteran finalizings Kevin Zeitler and Alejandro Villanueva have not seen much of the field recently resolving their own medical concerns, and the makeshift 5 male systems have actually been getting whipped relatively frequently at practice.”

Undoubtedly, Jackson will not play much in this preseason match, however the offending line is absolutely something to fret about. JK Dobbins, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill are genuine running backs, however will they have a hard time behind their blockers? Furthermore, Baltimore’s leading receivers in Marquise Brown and Rashod Bateman have actually handled injuries and have actually hardly practiced. Things simply have actually not worked out on offense approximately this point. Trace McSorley will get some perform at quarterback, and while he has revealed some flashes, just how much will he in fact play? The only other quarterback Baltimore has on lineup is Tyler Huntley, an undrafted totally free representative out of Utah who you might keep in mind from his look versus the Buffalo Expenses in the postseason. He finished 6 of 13 passes for 60 backyards after Jackson was knocked out with a concussion.

So the Ravens have some concerns worth fretting about, however why do the Saints have a possibility in this video game? Look no more than the quarterback position. Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill are fighting for the right to change Drew Brees under center, which suggests they will take more snaps than a regular beginning quarterback would. Furthermore, when they are secured, the Saints have a number of quarterbacks who a minimum of have the prospective to prosper in the 2nd half. New Orleans has novice Ian Book, who is an interesting novice out of Notre Dame, and after that Trevor Siemian. The previous Denver Broncos quarterback went 13-11 as a starter from 2016-17, and is at least a functional backup compared to a few of the other signal-callers who are getting associates for other groups. 

The Saints likewise have some protective novices that might be enjoyable to view. First-round pass-rusher Payton Turner is a gamer who might have an effect, cornerback Paulson Adebo has actually made buzz in training school and linebacker Pete Werner will get his very first NFL action too. 

Is this a warranty that the Saints will beat the Ravens this weekend? No. I would never ever ensure anything in the preseason. Eventually we are going to be seeing lots of future totally free representatives and borderline lineup gamers fight for a win in the 2nd half. Lots of will be blind-betting the Ravens on Saturday — including my coworker Will Brinson of the Select 6 podcast. I am not. I’m welcoming the function of contrarian and taking the Saints. 

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