The high-flying New Orleans Saints take their show on the road to Baltimore for a Week 7 clash with the Ravens. With the Saints at 4-1 and Ravens at 4-2, there are Super Bowl aspirations for both of these teams. I’m not so confident in the Chiefs getting by just with Patrick Mahomes alone, they’re going to need to get help from the defense eventually.
There is of course the Patriots, but after them, my favorite team in the AFC has to be the Ravens. The Steelers are starting to heat up, though they don’t have the defensive talent to match the Ravens. Nor does anyone in the AFC and the NFL. They’ve overtaken the Jaguars as the best defense, at least as it stands statistically at the moment.
Much has been talked about regarding the New Orleans’ offense. Drew Brees has found the fountain of youth and has been delivering strikes downfield for the Saints. While everyone talks about how Tom Brady could play until he’s 45, Brees looks like he has another 5 years in the tank. Interestingly enough, Brees has never beaten the Ravens in his career.
He’s gone 0-4 against the Ravens in a career that has spanned 18 seasons. Brees has beaten every team in the NFL except the Ravens. A win for the Saints would give him a win against all the 32 squads in the league. The only other quarterbacks to do that are Peyton Manning and Brett Favre, not bad company.
Brees is going to have to do it on the road against a solid Baltimore defense. He clearly hasn’t been a fan against the Ravens in the past. Brees has thrown 9 touchdowns to go along with 8 interceptions against the Ravens for a 84.5 QB rating. However, has zinged the ball for 6 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in his last two starts against them.
The last time he was in Baltimore, the Saints took a 30-24 loss in 2010. The Saints are coming off an electrifying, 43-19, win over the Redskins two weeks ago on Monday Night Football. They had the previous week off with a bye. Meanwhile, the Ravens blanked the Titans by a score of 21-0 on the road. It should be a good one in Baltimore on Sunday afternoon. Get our free Saints vs. Ravens pick below.
New Orleans Saints vs. Baltimore Ravens NFL Week 7 Betting Odds:
vs. Ravens -2.5(-125)
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Saints vs. Ravens Pick:
The Ravens have been frustrating opposing offenses this season. This may not be the Ed Reed and Ray Lewis’ Ravens D, but in an era that plays towards offense, the Ravens are holding up well this season. They rank 1st with 270.8 yards allowed per game. The next nearest team, the Jaguars, are allowing more than 35 yards per game than what Baltimore has given up. They’ve been a balanced unit that has been good against the pass and run.
The Ravens are allowing 188 yards against the pass per game, 2nd in the NFL, and 82.8 yards per game against the run, 3rd. They are the only top-5 defense that ranks is in the top-5 against the pass and the run. Note that the Ravens are 1st in points allowed by a pretty sizable margin. They’re allowing 12.8 points per game, while the Cowboys at 2nd are allowing 17.2 points.
It’s even more impressive if you consider that the Ravens have played only two games in Baltimore. They’ve played the Bills and Broncos at home, allowing 3 and 14 points. The closest offense they’ve played that resembles the Saints is the Steelers. Roethlisberger was held to 274 yards with a touchdown and interception. The running game was invisible, as James Conner led the team in rushing with 19 yards.
With the Saints averaging 424 yards per game for 3rd in the league, this will be the best offense that the Ravens will play. We’ll see this afternoon how real the Ravens’ defense is. Drew Brees has thrown 11 touchdowns with no interceptions so far this year. He has a prolific 122.3 QB rating through five games. It’s the best offense the Ravens will see, and the best defense Brees will see by a wide margin.
The Redskins are the only defense that the Saints have played who rank in the top-10. Brees’ career quarterback rating is at 90.8 outdoors. In a dome that goes up to 103.6. On the road against the best defense in the league, expect the Saints to hit a wall against the Ravens. Brees won’t be silenced completely, but likely enough to allow Flacco and the offense take advantage of a defense allowing 28 points a game. The Ravens should get the win and cover here.