Baltimore at New Orleans Preseason Week 4 Expert Pick
The rosters are almost completely set, and we are almost ready for the real thing in the NFL, but there is still the business of one more preseason game for each team to attend to. Week 4 of the preseason is when we get a closer look at the starters, and while the plays being called are just a small fraction of what’s in the playbook, it’s still out first real chance to see what each team is likely to be all about this season. The Baltimore Ravens are a team looking to rebound after a rough season, and they are going to be in for a tough time of things in the always hard to win AFC North. Their final game of the preseason sees them head south to New Orleans to face a team that is looking to get back to some level of respectability after a few down years. These are two teams looking to take an upwards trajectory, although you have to think that neither one is a legitimate threat to win Super Bowl 51 or a threat in the NFL odds.
Here’s a Look at the Baltimore at New Orleans Preseason Week 4 Expert Pick & Game Info
When: Thursday, Sept 1 at 8 PM EST
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
TV: Check local listing
Radio: Baltimore / New Orleans
Live Stream: NFL.com
NFL Odds: New Orleans at -5
Why bet on the Baltimore Ravens?
You have to hand it to the Ravens this preseason, as they have gone unbeaten, and have looked defensively very sound in the process. They have won both of their home games against the Lions and the Panthers, and also picked up a nice road win versus the Colt in Indianapolis. This is a real confidence builder for a team that is looking to pick up the pieces after a rough 2015 season. They still figure to be a little less talented than the Steelers and the Bengals in the AFC North this season, but if they can put together the sort of defensive play that they have in the past 3 weeks, they may just be up there challenging at the end of the season.
Why bet on the New Orleans Saints?
Things have not gone very well for the Saints during the preseason, as they have not won a game, and have struggled on the offensive side of the ball. They played against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week with the starters getting a lot more playing time, and they were picked apart quite easily before the back-ups settled things down a little bit. We have learned that it’s not a good idea to get too up or down on a team during the preseason, but given what has gone down in New Orleans during the past few seasons, you can bet that a few alarm bells are already starting to ring.
My Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
You have a team that is playing well defensively going on the road to play a team that has struggled to put points in the board. That all adds up to a Ravens win for me, and more questions being asked about this current Saints line-up.
Baltimore Ravens 24 New Orleans Saints 10