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Ravens vs. 49ers 2023 NFL Week 16 Odds, Preview & Pick

By Hank Blaine

Ravens versus 49ers caps a fantastic Christmas Day and evening of NFL action. The Baltimore Ravens head to San Francisco feeling a tinge disrespected. The Niners are -5.5 favorites against the best team in the AFC. Will Lamar Jackson and his bunch play with a chip on their shoulder? Or do the oddsmakers have this one right? See below for NFL odds, analysis, and free picks for Baltimore at San Francisco.

Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers Game Information

  • When: Monday, December 25th, 2023. 8:15pm EST.
  • Where: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
  • TV: ABC, ESPN+
  • Radio: 98 Rock WIYY (Ravens) // KSAN 107.7 The Bone (49ers)
  • Live Stream: NFL+
  • NFL Odds: Ravens (+5) // 49ers (-5)

Why Bet on the Baltimore Ravens?

Baltimore’s defense rarely plays a bad game. The Ravens gave up 33 tot eh Browns in a loss and 31 to the Rams in a win, but other than those two games, Baltimore has shut down their opponents this season.

The Seahawks scored 3, the Bengals 20, and the Chargers 10 in Baltimore wins. Last Sunday in Jacksonville, the Ravens held the home team to 7 points in a terrific 23-7 Baltimore win.

Baltimore’s D can adjust to any offensive system. So no matter what the 49ers try to do, the Ravens will counter with a solid plan.

Lamar Jackson should pocket his second NFL MVP this season. For sure, Brock Purdy is putting up fantastic stats, but Jackson is doing it both on the ground and through the air.

Lamar has thrown for 3,105 yards while completing close to 66% of his passes. Jackson has tossed 17 touchdowns to just 7 interceptions. Lamar has rushed for 741 yards, a 5.5 per carry average, and 5 TDs.

Almost as important? Jackson wills the Ravens to victories. He is the sole reason Baltimore prevented the loss to the Rams. The 49ers will struggle to contain the Baltimore quarterback.

Why Bet on the San Francisco 49ers?

Although the 49ers boast one of the league’s best defenses, San Francisco could struggle versus a dual-threat quarterback like Lamar Jackson.

Arizona’s Kyler Murray threw for 211 yards and a TD against SF. Kyler threw a couple of interceptions, but he’s not as careful with the ball as Jackson.

More importantly, Kyler rushed for 46 yards on 6 carries, which is 8.2 yards per carry. James Connor rushed for 86 yards and a TD against the 49ers D. If San Francisco isn’t careful, Jackson and the Ravens could score 30 in a heartbeat.

Brock Purdy is dominating defenses. Purdy has thrown 3,795 yards while completing close to 70% of his passes. Purdy has thrown for 29 touchdowns to 7 interceptions.

Purdy is unstoppable because Deebo Samuel, Christian McCaffrey, and George Kittle are unstoppable. But as well as the 49ers offense has played, San Francisco faces a talented defense on Monday night.

SF could be in for a tough game versus the Ravens. Don’t be surprised if Purdy and his mates have their worst game since the loss to the Bengals.

Ravens vs. 49ers Betting Trends

  • Baltimore is 11-5 ATS in the last 16 games.
  • The Ravens 8-1 SU in its last 9 games.
  • The totals went under in 5 of Baltimore’s last 6 games played in December.
  • San Francisco is 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games.
  • The 49ers are 6-0 SU in their last 6 games.
  • The totals went under in 8 of San Francisco’s last 11 games played in week 16.

Ravens vs. 49ers Expert Betting Predictions

This game should be electric. Both teams are clamoring for the top seed in their respective conference. San Francisco’s offense is one of the top units in the past 20 to 25 years.

However, the 49ers are up against a team that can match them in points. Not only that, but SF has beaten up overrated defenses this season like the Cowboys’ and Eagles’.

Tampa Bay has an okay defense and the 49ers scored just 27 against them. 27 may not be enough against the Ravens, which will put up points. Baltimore is fired up regarding the point spread. Expect a focused Ravens squad on both sides of the ball. Baltimore money line is the play.

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