Coming off a thrilling, come-from-behind 36-35 home victory over the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday, the Baltimore Ravens (1-1) hit the road to face the winless Detroit Lions (0-2) on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET (CBS).
The Ravens are 7.5-point or 8-point favorites as of Thursday afternoon and the moneyline betting numbers are: -400 (BetMGM), -420 (Caesars), -425 (DraftKings) and -435 at TwinSpires.
The Lions opened at +9 in NFL betting and are currently at +310 moneyline with an over/under total at 50 at WynnBET. DraftKings has the Lions at +7.5, +330; Caesars +8.5, +320; BetMGM +8, +325; TwinSpires +8, +325.
When retail Maryland sports bettinglaunches later this year and online sports betting likely next year, NFL games and particularly the Ravens are likely to be popular choices for Maryland gamblers.
Ravens Rally vs. Chiefs
Trailing 35-24 after the third quarter, the Ravens defense stepped up huge and the team took the lead. Quarterback Lamar Jackson told Coach John Harbaugh he wanted to go for it on a key 4th-and-1 call left in the fourth quarter. Jackson ran for the conversion and Baltimore ran the rest of the time off the clock to secure the win.
The Ravens outscored the Chiefs, 12-0, in the final stanza, handing Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes his first loss as a starter in the month of September since 2016, when he was with Texas Tech and lost a 68-55 shootout at Arizona State.
It was Jackson’s ninth career game with 100+ pass yards and 100+ rush yards (the most since 1950). Jackson completed 18-of-26 passes for 239 yards with one TD and two interceptions plus had 16 carries for 107 yards and two TDs on the ground.
Lions Lose Halftime Lead
The Lions had a surprising 17-14 halftime lead at the Green Bay Packers Monday night, but could garner no more offense in the second half, losing 35-17.
Quarterback Jared Goff completed 26-of-36 passes for 246 yards with two TDs and one INT, plus led the Lions’ rushing attack with four carries for 46 yards.
Tight end T.J. Hockenson had a team-leading eight receptions for 66 yards with a TD and wide receiver Quintez Cephus added four catches for 63 yards.