Week 3 Lions vs Ravens NFL Preseason Odds
The Detroit Lions will be in Baltimore on Saturday to take on the Ravens in Week 3 of the NFL’s 2016 preseason slate. The Ravens have won both of their preseason games thus far, even though starting quarterback Joe Flacco, in recovery from a torn ligament in his knee last season, has yet to step onto the field. The Lions have split their preseason games and are looking to build momentum going into the regular season. Check out the betting odds for all the Week 3 NFL preseason action.
NFL Preseason Week 3 Detroit Lions vs Baltimore Ravens
When: Saturday, August 27, 2016, 7:00pm ET
Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore
TV: WBAL Baltimore
Radio: WIYY 97.9 FM Baltimore
Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
NFL Odds: Baltimore (-3.5), O/U 42.5
Why should you bet on Detroit?
If you’re betting on Detroit, you’re wagering that those offensive line issues and those defensive miscommunications that made them look silly against the Bengals are going to be solved, and the team will come out organized and ready to take on the Ravens. Week 3 is generally the dress rehearsal for starting units, and with Eric Ebron and Golden Tate returning to the field, the Lions should have their full passing attack. So if their line can give Matthew Stafford some protection, the Lions should be able to move up and down the field.
Why should you put your money on the Ravens?
Some of the best news for Baltimore fans involves the return of Joe Flacco to the field in Week 3. He expects to play for most or all of the first half, and in media interviews he indicated that he needed the reps on the field to get ready for the regular season. He has not played in a live game since his injury in November. His leadership and stability will help the offense, and the Ravens’ strong defense against the rush will force Matthew Stafford to evade the pass rush and win the game through the air — a situation that often leads to Lion turnovers by the bushel.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Ravens have played solid defense against both the pass and the run all preseason, while the Lions have struggled on both sides of the ball. I’m going with the more consistent team to this point and predicting a 23-14 Baltimore win.