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Detroit Lions vs Baltimore Ravens NFL Week 14 Picks

by Scott Burgess on Thursday, December 10th, 2009

The Baltimore Ravens host the Detroit Lions, Sunday Dec 13, as the Ravens look to jump up in the AFC North Standings. The series is tied at one, but they haven’t met since 2005. NFL oddsmakers at SPORTSBETTING.com have the Ravens as -13.5 point home favs over the Lions with the over/under set at 39.5 points . Be sure to get your Detroit Lions vs Baltimore Ravens NFL Week 14 Picks in now at SPORTSBETTING.com

The Lions (2-10) lost at Cincinnati 13-23 in Week 13. QB Matt Stafford made 11 of 26 passes for 143 yards with one TD and two interceptions; overall he’s thrown for 2,267 yards with 13 TD’s and 20 interceptions for a 61 passer rating. Backup QB Dante Culpepper came in and made two of three passes for 48 yards. RB Kevin Smith had 16 carries for 75 yards with a TD, while WR Calvin Johnson made six catches for 123 yards with a TD. The Lions 25th ranked running game, led by RB Kevin Smith’s 678 yards rushing and five TD’s, will have a hard time against the Ravens sixth ranked rush defense.  Detroit's best chance to win may lie with WR Calvin Johnson making multiple plays down the field . He is their most dynamic threat, and possesses the skills to come down with long receptions, even if he is covered. The Lions will likely need such plays in order to upset the Ravens. WR Johnson leads their 20th ranked pass game with 730 yards receiving and four TD’s, he has a TD in three straight games. Detroit has lost 18 consecutive road games, while QB Matthew Stafford leads all rookies with 13 TD passes. The Lions have averaged 21ppg and allowed 31.3ppg in their last three games. They are 0-6 SU on the road where they average 15.7ppg and give up an average 33.5ppg.They are 3-8-1 ATS and 5-7 over/under.

The Ravens (6-6) lost at Green Bay 14-27 in Week 13 and have risen to second in the AFC North thanks to Pittsburgh losing. QB Joe Flacco made 15 of 36 passes for 137 yards with one TD and three interceptions; overall he’s thrown for 2,881 yards with 14 TD’s and 11 interceptions for a 84.6 passer rating. RB Ray Rice had 14 carries for 54 yards, while RB Willis McGahee added a TD. WR Todd Heap made five catches for 52 yards, while WR Kelley Washington made four catches for 39 yards with a TD. The Ravens defense had only one sack on the day. After starting the season like gangbusters, QB Joe Flacco's play has null and void over the past few weeks. Since the Ravens' Week 8 bye, QB Joe Flacco has three TD passes with six interceptions and is averaging just 201 yards passing per game . If the Ravens 13th ranked pass game continues struggling against the Lions' league-worst pass defense, there would be serious cause for concern. Their 16th ranked running game, led by RB Ray Rice’s 875 yards rushing and seven TD’s, will go against the Lions 19th ranked rush defense. RB Rice has gone three straight games without a TD, but he leads all NFL running backs with 599 yards receiving. The Ravens have averaged 16.3ppg and allowed 20.3ppg in their last three games. They are 4-2 SU at home where they average 25.2ppg and allow 14.2ppg. They are 6-6 ATS and 5-7 over/under.

Recent Trends to Consider:

  • Ravens are 9-0 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
  • Ravens are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
  • Ravens are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games as a home favorite of 10.5 or greater.
  • Lions are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss.
  • Lions are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 road games.
  • Lions are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a road underdog.
  • Lions are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
  • Under is 4-1 in Ravens last 5 home games.

Detroit Lions vs Baltimore Ravens
When:  Sun, Dec 13, 2009 1:00 PM ET      
Line: SPORTSBETTING.com
Pick: Ravens -13.5

Point-Spreads.com Detroit Lions vs Baltimore Ravens NFL Week 14 Picks

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