Saints Vs. Ravens Betting Lines And Preview: Winston, Hill Look To Halt Baltimore’s Preseason Streak

On Saturday, the New Orleans Saints take on the Baltimore Ravens in what amounts to the unstoppable object vs. an immovable force. The Ravens enter the matchup as the Goliath of NFL preseason. Dating back to 2016, the Ravens have won an absurd 17 consecutive preseason games. They’re also 15-2 against the spread over that stretch.

On the other hand, Lamar Jackson just got activated after coming down with Covid for the second time and likely won’t play more than a series. Meanwhile, the Saints field two experienced QBs battling for the starting gig.

Either way, it’s never too early to gamble on the NFL.

BetRivers prices Baltimore as -2.5 favorites at home (-121) and -148 on the moneyline, with the Saints offered at +2.5 (even) and +123 on the moneyline. That’s a good price for New Orleans point spread bettors, as most sportsbooks are dealing +2.5 (-110).

‘Over’ backers can find 35.5 for the total at BetRivers, while FanDuel‘s 36 is the better number if you like the ‘under’.

Here are more key points ahead of Saints-Ravens.

Lamar Jackson Backups

Despite the Ravens’ overwhelming record in games that don’t count, Saturday should put that to the test.

As John Harbaugh told the media Tuesday regarding Jackson’s expected playing time, “It wouldn’t be more than about a series, if we do anything with him.”

That means Trace McSorley and Tyler Huntley will see the bulk of the action with the 2019 MVP on ice. McSorely and Huntley own a combined 15 career regular-season pass attempts.

New Orleans Quarterback Battle

On the other side of the McSorely/Huntley tandem, the Saints field two experienced QBs fighting for the starting spot. The Saints haven’t witnessed a quarterback controversy for 15 years, thanks to Drew Brees, and Sean Payton can’t help but reminisce about his Hall of Famer-to-be.

“I think both of the players we’re talking about (Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston) have had the benefit of training, being in meetings with him (Brees) and seeing the daily grind,” Payton told NFL Total Access. “Obviously, there’s a high bar for our team. I think both of those guys will rise to the challenge. They both understand the importance of the reps that we’re going to have.”

Saints Quarterback Odds

DraftKings lists Winston as the -190 favorite to take the first snap of the regular season for the Saints, a number bet up from a -140 opener. While Hill got the starting nod when Brees was out for four games last season, he and Winston have been alternating with the first team at training camp.

Veteran pass rusher Cam Jordan gave his thoughts to NFL Network’s Good Morning Football: “At the end of the day, it’s all about who will put us in the best position to win. I do know that we have a baller in Jameis Winston. It’s bombs in Jameis’ way. You know he’s gonna take deep shots, take a lot of deep throws. …. Then, you talk about Taysom, and you know after last year we went 3-1 with him, so you know we can win at a high clip with him.”

Bookmaker’s Take

So gamblers must decide between the historic Baltimore preseason trend against the experienced and motivated quarterbacks of New Orleans.

Ed Salmons, vice president of risk management at SuperBook USA, gave his two cents about the theory that teams with quarterback competitions are good bets in the preseason.

“I think there’s some truth to that,” the oddsmaker told Louisiana Sharp this week.

The QB battle in Denver between Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater factored into the Broncos vs. Vikings line moving from pick ’em to Denver -2.5, Salmons said.

“It’s just hard to think the Ravens can be the same team in the preseason without Griffin and Jackson playing, and the Saints have two guys who are competing,” he added. “You would think at a minimum, they’re each going to get a quarter, if not more.”

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