NFL PREVIEW AT YOUWAGER: RAVENS VS. REDSKINS

Baltimore Ravens (9-3 SU, 5-6-1 ATS) vs. Washington Redskins (6-6 SU, 7-5 ATS) at Washington

Kickoff: Sunday, December 9th at 1PM Eastern

Line: Washington -2.5

Total: 47.5

While nearly every sportswriter seems to be jumping on the RG3 bandwagon, the Baltimore Ravens now have the daunting task of taking on Griffin and his team. At YouWager, the Ravens are currently 2.5 underdogs in Sunday’s contest. Can Baltimore contain the Washington Redskins in this AFC-NFC battle?

The hot young Washington quarterback and his club have made quite an impact on the NFC East for YouWager’s NFL football bettors in the last 3 weeks. Washington’s rally, to come back and beat the NY Giants, the reigning NFL champions 17-16 on Monday Night Football, no doubt thrilled the online bettors that found themselves on the right side of that matchup. After a depressing loss to the Carolina Panthers, Washington’s 3-game streak has put them only a game behind the Giants in the run for the NFC East title, and possibly, the playoffs.

Baltimore has been a playoff team ever since John Harbough, their head coach, came on board. But Baltimore’s 4-game winning streak came to an end after the Pittsburgh Steelers topped them 23-20. The Ravens really need a win here, to secure a spot in the playoffs for their fifth season in a row.

Oddsmakers at YouWager say it will be interesting to see how Baltimore counters Washington’s offense. Baltimore hasn’t been very effective, offensively, on the road. QB Joe Flacco has only averaged 16.5 points per game on the road in the 2012 NFL football wagering season. That’s well below the club’s 25.2 points per game average for the season.

Flacco may have his problems, but the Redskins are currently leading the NFL in allowing pass plays of over 20-plus yards. They are 31st in the league, allowing 299 yards a game in the air, so a good performance from Flacco will be critical, YouWager’s NFL analysts say.

Can the Ravens stop the offense Griffin’s team is running right now?  The Ravens defense, unfortunately, is not playing like it used to, these days. Baltimore’s defense is now rated only 25th overall in the NFL. Playing without Terrell Suggs, Ray Lewis, and Lardarius Webb will hurt. These guys are the team’s best defenders on 3 levels.

If Baltimore attempts to outscore Washington, a wager on the Over could seem like a good idea. But it’s important to remember, says YouWager’s NFL expert, that in the last 4 meetings between these two teams, the score has gone Under the total. Because the Ravens have not been performing well on the road this season, many sharp sportsbook bettors are going with the Redskins on this one. At YouWager, the Redskins are 2.5 favorite. The total is 47.5. Game time on Sunday is 1PM Eastern.

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