Preseason Betting Week 1 Picks Odds: Panthers – Ravens

August 12th, 2010 by

baltimore ravens NFL betting lines handicappers will have an outstanding matchup of potential playoff teams in the sports betting matchup between Carolina and Baltimore.

The Carolina Panthers were the top seed in the NFC playoffs in 2008 and are looking to get back into the post season after an 8-8 straight up record last year while going 9-7 against the spread. Carolina went under the total in 10 games.

The Baltimore Ravens are among the preseason favorites to make the Super Bowl in February. Head Coach John Harbaugh has led them to the playoffs in his first two seasons on the job. Last year Baltimore went 9-7 straight up and 8-7-1 against the spread with just 6 games going over the total. The Ravens destroyed the Patriots in a playoff game at New England but were eliminated at Indianapolis by the eventual AFC champion Colts the following week.

SBG Global Sportsbook opened with Baltimore as a 3-point favorite and with a total of 34. This game can be seen on ESPN and kicks off at 8:05 Eastern Time.

The Ravens look to be a well balanced team that could go deep into the playoffs. Long known as a strong defensive team, the Ravens were again among the best in the NFL last year as they ranked 3rd overall for total defense and 3rd for points allowed.

Baltimore’s offense slipped a little last year in quarterback Joe Flacco’s sophomore season but much of that can be attributed to injuries. The Ravens finished just 13th overall for offensive yardage and an even worse 18th in passing. Baltimore was a solid running team that finished 5th in the NFL for yards on the ground. Flacco is expected to have better productivity this year as the Ravens are more healthy and have added weapons to the receiving corps with Anquan Boldin and Donte’ Stallworth.

One of the most interesting story lines and handicapping angles of the preseason with the Ravens will be the battle to backup Flacco as Marc Bulger, Troy Smith, and John Beck will each get a shot and plenty of reps in exhibition games.

Harbaugh and company are excited about this year and are ready to go.

“You can’t help but to be excited to come into training camp,” said the Baltimore coach. “We’ve probably addressed some personnel situations that have not been able to win some games for us in critical situations in the playoffs. I think we’ve done that.”

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