Los Angeles Rams vs Baltimore Ravens Prediction, Pick – 8/9/18

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National Football League: Preseason Week 1 LAR vs. BAL

Los Angeles Rams at Baltimore Ravens August 9, 2018- 7:30 PM ET M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD

With one game under their belt, the Baltimore Ravens will be back in action at M&T Bank Stadium where they will host the visiting Los Angeles Rams in a Thursday night NFL Week 1 preseason clash that has the following NFL Odds from our best online bookies ;

BALTIMORE RAMS
Moneyline
+140 -160
Spread
+3 -3
Total
36 36

After winning their Hall of Fame Game over the Chicago Bears, the Ravens will officially open their preseason schedule with a home contest against the Rams who are travelling cross-country for this matchup.

For Los Angeles, they will be expecting to build on what was an impressive 2017-18 campaign that saw them make the postseason for the first time since 2004. Winning the NFC West as they went 11-6 on the year, the Rams were an explosive team under first-year head coach Sean McVay, but fell short in the playoffs to the Atlanta Falcons.

Second-year QB Jared Goff was impressive in the new system as was RB Todd Gurley, who claimed Offensive Player of the Year. Heading into the 2018-19 season, the Rams will be well stacked on both sides of the ball with the addition of WR Brandin Cooks from New England and adding help along the defense with the likes of Aqib Talib, Marcus Peters to bolster the secondary along with Ndamukong Suh, who will be a force along the D-Line along with Defensive Player of the Year in Aaron Donald.

The Ravens for their part are coming off a 9-7 season that saw them miss the postseason on the final play of the game. It was a bitter defeat as the Ravens for the third consecutive year and fourth in five seasons have missed the playoffs.

Back under center will be veteran QB Joe Flacco, but with the drafting of dual-threat quarterback Lamar Jackson out of Louisville, head coach Jim Harbaugh may be tempted to make a change if he sees the season begin to unravel? Also in the QB mix is Robert Griffin III. Defensively, the Ravens’ stout unit will be back but will need help from the offense to produce

Prediction/Pick

While the Rams will be expected to make the Super Bowl after putting together some missing pieces, Flacco and Harbaugh will be feeling the pressure in Baltimore just to get back to the postseason. In what should be an entertaining contest; for sports betting purposes from our best sportsbooks for this LAR vs. BAL matchup, MyBookie is favoring the Ravens MINUS the points (-3) over Los Angeles with BetNow giving us the Over/Under at 36.0 total game points scored.

Liking the backup signal-callers for the home team, I will favor the Ravens MINUS the points (-3) to cover the spread as my best betting pick.