Baltimore Ravens vs. Las Vegas Raiders: 3 Best 'Monday Night Football' Prop Bets
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Hopefully, everyone enjoyed the first weekend of the NFL. I know I did. Today, we will look at the best props and spread for the tilt between the Baltimore Ravens and Las Vegas Raiders on the first "Monday Night Football" game of the year.
After looking through the most popular sportsbooks in the country, we've found some sure-fire selections for tonight. Who do we think will score a touchdown? Will Lamar Jackson hit the over on his longest rush? Will Henry Ruggs bounce back after a disappointing rookie year? And will the Ravens cover the spread?
Here are the answers.
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FanDuel: Anytime Touchdown Scorer: Mark Andrews (+130)
The Ravens have an obvious running back problem. With J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards, and Justice Hill all out for the season, the Ravens will rely on Ty'son Williams and Trenton Cannon and a gaggle of washed-up backs to start the season.
While any team's running attack will benefit greatly from the presence of Lamar Jackson, the Ravens will need more passing from him this season. Since Jackson's MVP season in 2019, Mark Andrews has been his favorite target, especially in the red zone. With 20 touchdowns in just nine starts in his career, Andrews has proven to be a reliable target, and he will have to continue to be in 2021 if the Ravens want to breakthrough.
DraftKings: Lamar Jackson Longest Rush: Over 19.5 Yards (-115)
Jackson will clearly be a huge part of the Ravens' offensive attack tonight. The Ravens' patchwork backfield should be able to stay afloat thanks to Baltimore's creative offensive scheme and Jackson's uncanny ability to run the ball. Jackson's presence will take a lot of the pressure off their backs and open up holes in the running game.
In the open field, nobody is better than Jackson. His electric footwork and elusiveness make him a threat to bust one open at any moment. If he gets a few yards of space, he will make some magic happen. With a fairly weak front-seven for the Raiders, Jackson should have no problem in the option game getting big chunks of yards.
Barstool: Henry Ruggs III Receiving Yards: Over 36.5 (-115)
In Henry Ruggs' rookie season, he hit his receiving yards prop in six of his 13 games played. He will obviously take on a bigger role in this offense with the departures of Tyrell Williams and Nelson Agholor. Even though he has not played like a No. 1 receiver so far in his career, he has a chance to emerge as Derek Carr's second-favorite option in the passing game behind Darren Waller.
Ruggs' best ability is his speed and his ability to get open downfield. Because of his elevated role and his deep-threat ability, this one should be fairly easy, especially now that the Ravens' secondary took a hit with Marcus Peters' torn ACL.
Bovada: Best Spread: Ravens -4 (-115)
This seems like a trap. The Ravens, even with all of their injuries, are just better than the Raiders. The Raiders should be better on defense after adding Yannick Ngakoue and a slew of depth pieces, but do they honestly have a prayer of stopping Jackson tonight? Highly doubtful.
The Raiders offense isn't scary for opponents, either. While Josh Jacobs is a solid back, Las Vegas has nothing outside of him and Waller. A quarterback like Carr needs more talent to prosper. He'll complete a high percentage of passes again this season, sure, but the Raiders' ceiling is a lot lower with him under center with a lack of weapons.
The Ravens defense should have no trouble against an average Raiders offense and the Raiders defense will have no answers for one of the most dynamic offenses in football. Look for the Ravens to win by at least two touchdowns tonight.
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