We all know that a major injury can have a serious impact on a team, but it can also create a ripple effect that affects a few others. Earlier this week, word came out that rookie sensation DeShaun Watson had torn his ACL in practice and would be out for the remainder of the year. This is a young man who was starting to thrive in the NFL, and who was helping the Houston Texans make a run at the incredibly tight AFC South, even placing them as favorites at the latest future NFL Betting Lines.
The Texans are now in disarray with the news of this injury, and it will almost certainly open the door of opportunity for the other teams in this division. No-one wants to hear about a player going down with a major injury, but you can bet that the Tennessee Titans, who currently hold the lead in the South, will be viewing the Texans loss as a chance to really take control of the division.
The drive to win this thing will start on Sunday afternoon with a visit from the 4-4 Baltimore Ravens, a team that needs a win if they are to keep pace with the Steelers in the AFC North. The Titans are in as 3 ½ point favorites for this one, with the point total set at 43.
Baltimore (4-4) at Tennessee (4-3) Week 9 NFL Betting Lines & Expert Pick
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) 2 de noviembre de 2017
- When: Sunday, November 5 at 1 PM EST
- Where: Nissan Stadium, Nashville
- TV: CBS
- Radio: 97.9 FM (Baltimore) / 104.5 FM (Tennessee)
- Live Stream: CBS Sports Network
- NFL Betting Lines: Tennessee Titans -3.5 (Over/Under at 43)
- Mostly Cloudy: 25°C/77°F
- Humidity: 65%
- Precipitation: 15%
- Cloud Cover: 64%
- Wind: 16 mph SSW
- Stadium Type: Open
Recent Head to Head (Last 10 Games)
- Record: Baltimore leads 6-4
- Score: Baltimore 16.60 / Tennessee 15.60
- Rush Yards: Baltimore 89.20 / Tennessee 98.60
- Pass Attempts: Baltimore 31.60 / Tennessee 35.40
- Completion Percentage: Baltimore 55.70 / Tennessee 56.78
- Passing Yards: Baltimore 190.00 / Tennessee 214.30
- Total Yards: Baltimore 279.2 / Tennessee 312.9
- Turnovers: Baltimore 1.50 / Tennessee 2.10
Why bet on the Baltimore Ravens?
The Baltimore Ravens are coming off a huge 40-0 win over the Miami Dolphins that got them back to .500 on the season, but it almost came at a cost. During that game, QB Joe Flacco took a brutal hit to the head that left him looking very woozy on the turf. While Flacco certainly has not been at his best this season, the Ravens definitely have a better chance of winning with him under center. The good news is that the injury was not as bad as it first looked, and Flacco is listed as probable for this coming weekend.
The question now is whether the Ravens can defy the NFL Betting Lines to put together back to back wins. This is certainly not guaranteed, as they have lost 4 of their last 6. They are a respectable 2-2 on the road this season but are 2-8 SU in their last 10 road games. The good news here is that they are 5-2 SU in their last 7 visits to Tennessee, and are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 trips there.
- Average Score For: 21.25
- Total Yards: 279.76
- Rush Yards: 126.88
- Passing Yards: 152.88
- Average Score Against: 18.50
- Total Yards: 317.25
- Rush Yards: 132.75
- Passing Yards: 184.50
Why bet on the Tennessee Titans?
This Titans team has been a tough one to figure out this season, as they have been playing a little Jekyll and Hyde all year. They go from looking good for a couple of weeks to having another couple of games where they outright stink. They are one a decent roll right now, though, and are coming into this one with back to back wins under their belt, although their 12-9 win over the Browns last weekend was nothing short of ugly.
The Titans have not had much success through the air this season, but have been getting some joy on the ground, with their running game in the top 10. Home has been good to the Titans, where they are 6-1 ATS in their last 7, and while they have not had a lot of joy SU versus the Ravens, they are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings with Baltimore.
- Average Score For: 22.57
- Total Yards: 326.43
- Rush Yards: 124.57
- Passing Yards: 201.86
- Average Score Against: 24.71
- Total Yards: 329.43
- Rush Yards: 100.14
- Passing Yards: 229.29
Latest Betting Trends for NFL Week 9
- Ravens are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games
- Ravens are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Baltimore’s last 6 games
- Titans are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games at home
- Titans are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tennessee’s last 6 games
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Even if Joe Flacco does start, you need to wonder just how ready he will be. I think the Ravens will go back to struggling offensively this week, and I like the Titans to back the NFL betting lines for Week 9, with the point total going slightly UNDER.
Score: Baltimore Ravens 16 – Tennessee Titans 26