The Baltimore Ravens will be playing the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday Night in Week 2 NFL Preseason, August 21st at 8 pm. The game will be broadcasted on FOX TV.
The Baltimore Ravens have been perfect in the preseason going back multiple years, as John Harbaugh continues to pile up preseason victories. The Ravens have won 21 consecutive games. You have to go back to the 2015 pre-season for the last time Baltimore lost a pre-season contest. Bettors have been backing the Ravens in this game, with Baltimore opening as a 3.5-point favorite and the line now sitting at 6. Let’s take a look at Sunday night's game and NFL preseason picks.
NFL Preseason Week 2 Betting Odds
Baltimore Ravens -6
Arizona Cardinals +6
The public seems to be on the Ravens in this one...all Baltimore does is win in the preseason. That's under head coach John Harbaugh. This number opened up at 3.5 and is up to 6 and likely to go higher. If you're looking for a good preseason matchup, don't watch the Ravens take on the Cardinals. It's hard to have confidence in the Cardinals right now... their top two quarterbacks are both injured and won't be playing.
The Ravens are garnering a lot of respect from the oddsmakers due to Harbaugh’s success in the preseason. There are also other things to watch out for, however. Unfortunately, Lamar Jackson will not play so it could really come down to Tyler Huntley and Anthony Brown. Both QBs looked good last week, but it's hard to say how they'll do away from home. The noise at the stadium could be more challenging for them and make it tough to play their game.
It doesn't look like Kyler Murray will see any preseason action, while it's unclear if backup Colt McCoy will play this week. The former has been dealing with arm soreness and the latter has been nursing a sore arm. That means third-string quarterback Trace McSorley will get the start. For him, this game is even more special as it will be his former team. “We’re excited to watch Trace,” head coach Kliff Kingsbury said to the media, “Obviously being his former team, he’ll be keyed up and that one, and it should be a fun evening.”
Ravens vs. Cardinals Free Pick
It is important to keep in time that the Ravens could win this game and continue their streak of winning the preseason. They can do so by not only winning but also beating the spread. Touchdowns in preseason football are risky propositions and games are played on the road. The Ravens may have a small edge at quarterbacking in the game, but it’s not by much. McSorley may be a little tougher than Huntley or Brown and he’ll want to impress his old team on their field. It has been said that you don't try to break a streak, but instead focus on any success until it ends.I can't really argue with that logic and if you want to lay the points with Baltimore, I can't go against that pick, but I am leery. As a general rule of thumb, it's not ideal to lay points on the road in the preseason, and definitely not a touchdown. The Ravens may just do enough to win this game and cover the spread, but I am not willing to risk that. Besides, it is too hard to predict the total points that will be scored in a game.
With both of their top two quarterbacks on the shelf, it is unlikely that the Cardinals will be doing anything fancy with their offense. For the Ravens, Lamar Jackson will not be available to play and in such a situation, they are going to want to keep things very vanilla. I’ll take this game under the total.
BookMaker Pick: Under 38.5
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