Sportsbook Betting: Dolphins vs Ravens NFL Week 9 Picks

November 6th, 2010 by

dolphins vs ravensThe Baltimore Ravens have gotten off to one of the best starts in the NFL gambling action this year and are among the early favorites to play for Super Bowl title in Dallas in February. At 5-2 this team is tied for the 2nd best record in the NFL and has already played the most difficult stretch of its schedule.

The Miami Dolphins (4-3) are an outside playoff contender at this point but have been very good at one phase of the game: winning on the road. The Dolphins are an NFL best 4-0 outside of Sun Life Stadium and will look to become the first team with 5 road wins this weekend in Baltimore.

But there’s one phase of the game the Dolphins have been awful at: Red Zone scoring. And if the Dolphins can’t get a few 7 point scores instead of a steady stream of 3’s they will lose in Week 9.

Kickoff for this Saturday matchup is set for 1:05 Eastern Time and SBG Global Sportsbook opened with the Ravens as a 4.5-point favorite with an over/under total at 40.5.

Over the past two weeks the Dolphins have gone 1-1 versus the Steelers and Bengals and scored 44 points but have scored just 2 TDs during that stretch. That’s great news if you’ve got K Dan Carpenter on your fantasy football team as he’s kicked 10 FGs during that stretch but it’s a very bad omen if you’re going to take on the Ravens’ bone crunching defense in a NFL betting odds showdown.

Baltimore’s defense is as good as ever giving up just 18.4 oints per game and 313.9 total yards per game. And while those stats may not be mind blowing the Ravens are still #7 in the NFL in total defense and those numbers came against the best teams in football (Patriots, Jets, and Steelers) and without All World S Ed Reed.

With Reed in the lineup this is a completely different defense that should be able to keep Miami’s playmaker WR Brandon Marshall in check and prolong the Dolphins Red Zone blues.

Look for Baltimore to get the sports betting win this weekend.

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