NFL Betting Lines: Ravens vs Falcons Week 10 Odds Lines

November 11th, 2010 by

ravens vs falconsIn the first Thursday night NFL gambling matchup of the season the 6-2 Baltimore Ravens, named for a carrion scavenger will face the 6-2 Atlanta Falcons, a bird of prey, in a matchup that features two of the best defenses in the league.

Baltimore has long been known for its defensive prowess and concussion inducing hitters. But the Falcons D has quietly played its way into prominence and in some ways has been more effective than the Ravens’ D this season. Both teams’ D rank in the top ten in the league and will have a huge role to play in this Week 10 showdown.

Kickoff for this Thursday matchup is set for 8:25 Eastern Time and SBG Global Sportsbook opened with the Falcons as a 1-point favorite with an over/under total at 43.

Both teams will playing to protect their divisional leads and both teams will have just a few days to game plan for the other. As a result the defenses should have the relative advantage over the offenses as defense is more instinctive and less strategic and offense should take a back seat in this NFL gambling matchup.

The Ravens rank 6th in the NFL in points allowed this season (17.4 ppg), the Falcons are 10th (19.3). The Ravens are also the better team in terms of yards allowed (310.8 ypg vs. 346.4 ypg). But in several key areas that could mean the difference in this ball game the Falcons have a big advantage.

In a match as tight as this one turnovers could very well decide the ball game and the Falcons D has been much better in this regard with 19 takeaways (13 INTs, 6 forced fumbles) this season while the Ravens have just 12 takeaways (8 INTs, 4 FFs).
Neither team’s QB has been INT prone this season with just 11 INTs between the two through 8 games but with both teams sporting superb run defenses (Falcons are 6th in the NFL, Ravens rank 13th) the scoring will like take place through the air.

On paper and in reputation the Ravens D has the advantage but this could be night that the Falcons D comes up big and gets the home team a huge sports betting victory.

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