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Ravens vs Lions NFL Week 3 Betting Predictions & Free Picks

Ravens vs Lions NFL Week 3 Betting Predictions & Free Picks
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Once you’ve gone out of the frying pan and into the fire, can things get worse? That’s the question the Detroit Lions and bettors at Michigan sports betting sites may be asking themselves this week.

Detroit gave up 41 points in a Week 1 loss to San Francisco. Another 35 points were surrendered during a Week 2 Monday Night Football setback at Green Bay.

This week, the Lions get a short week to prepare for a Baltimore Ravens team coming off a win over the AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs. At NFL betting sites, the Ravens are set as 9-point favorites over the Lions. Baltimore is 4-1 straight up and against the spread in the last five games against Detroit.

Check out Ravens vs Lions odds, injury report, betting lines and more.


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Ravens vs Lions Key Matchups

Baltimore QB Lamar Jackson vs Detroit’s LBs: It’s the task of the linebackers to read and react to the QB and contain any rollout or run attempt. Jackson is the NFL’s most elusive QB. Detroit’s LBs are the worst in the league. Jackson should be able to run amok.

Lions Offense vs Ravens Pass Defense: Baltimore has allowed an NFL-high 752 yards through the air in two games. Detroit QB Jared Goff is 11th in passing yardage (584).

Detroit’s TJ Hockenson vs Baltimore secondary: Hockenson is emerging as the star he was projected to be when the Lions selected him in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Against Green Bay, he joined David Hill (1981) as the only Lions TEs since the 1970 merger with 50+ receiving yards and 1+ TD in consecutive games.

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5 Key Ravens vs Lions Stats

38: Average points per game surrendered so far this season by the Lions defense.

8: Consecutive games that the Lions have allowed 30+ points. That’s a franchise record.

16: Games in which Baltimore has rushed for 200+ yards since 2019. Second-highest in the league is nine.

8: Times Jackson has rushed and thrown for 100+ yards in an NFL game. That’s the most of any QB since 1950.

6: Times Jackson has rushed for 100+ yards and a TD in the same game. That’s also the most of any QB since 1950.


Ravens vs. Lions Player Props To Back

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson, Over 75.5 Yards Rushing

Odds: -115 at DraftKings

Jackson is fourth in the NFL in rushing (193 yards). The Detroit D is ripe for the picking.

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Lions TE T.J. Hockenson, Over 61.5 Yards Receiving

Odds: -114 at FanDuel

Hockenson has gone over 66 yards in both games this season.

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Ravens K Justin Tucker, Over 8.5 Points

Odds: -111 at BetMGM

Tucker loves kicking at Ford Field. He once kicked six field goals in a game there.

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Ravens vs Lions Weather Forecast

You might think a weather report for a game in a domed stadium like Ford Field would have no bearing on the NFL picks and almost always, you’d be right. But here’s where it matters. Baltimore’s Justin Tucker is the most accurate kicker in NFL history and won’t need to be concerned with the elements. In a 2013 game at Ford Field, he kicked six field goals, including a franchise-record 61-yard game winner.


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Ravens vs Lions Moneyline

Everything at betting apps points to a Baltimore blowout victory. The Lions defense is hideous. Baltimore just beat a Kansas City team that’s been to the past two Super Bowls.

Yet, history tells us the Lions often come up with their best when at their lowest ebb. In 2018, also during Week 3, Detroit was 0-2 and facing the 1-1 New England Patriots. Doom and gloom loomed large all week. Yet on game day, Detroit won going away 26-10. Baltimore could be due for a letdown after such an emotional win. Go with the Lions for the upset at +350 with BetMGM.

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Ravens vs Lions Point Spread

This is Detroit’s second home game of the season. It’s also the second home game this season in which sportsbooks have made the Lions are more than a touchdown underdog. Detroit is 3-1 against the spread in its last four home games in which the team was a home underdog of at least seven points.

The Lions covered their NFL odds in Week 1 against San Francisco (+9.5) and last season against Green Bay (+7.5). That being said, Baltimore is 5-1-1 ATS in its last seven games as a favorite of nine or more points. Still, it’s a lot of points to give a home team. Take the Lions and +9 at -110 at FanDuel .

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Ravens vs Lions Totals

In two games this season, Detroit has surrendered 76 points. The Ravens have scored 63 points in two games while allowing 68. In other words, his game isn’t likely to finish up 23-17.

The total on this game is set at 49 points at NFL betting sites, which seems quite low for this game. The total has gone over in four of Detroit’s last five games and in five of the past seven games between these two franchises. Get all over the Over of 49 at -110 at DraftKings .

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About the Author

Bob Duff for Bookies.com
Bob Duff
A veteran journalist based in Windsor, Ontario, Bob Duff has covered the gambling and sports betting industry since 2016. He has written more than two dozen books.