Saints vs. Ravens 2021 NFL Preseason Week 1 Odds and Preview
The New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens start their NFL preseason scramble at the M&T Bank Stadium this Saturday. It’s been a great couple of years for the Saints after winning double-digit games in the last four years and ending the previous season with 12 wins.
Meanwhile, the Baltimore Ravens are not far behind with 11 victories last season and double-digit games in each of the last three years. We expect a tight contest between the two in the preseason, and with several changes, as well as second and third stringers, getting more playing time, this one is going to be interesting.
That being said, the NitroBetting news team takes a look at some of the important details of the Saints vs. Ravens game. We start things off with basic event info and betting odds. Moreover, to make sure that you are on the right track, we deliver timely betting trends and expert betting predictions geared to help you lock in the best picks. Don’t forget to check out the latest 2021 NFL Preseason odds at out online Bitcoin sportsbook.
New Orleans Saints vs. Baltimore Ravens Game Information
- When: Saturday, August 14, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
- Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland
- TV: CBS, Fox, NBC
- Radio: 870 WWL-AM (Saints) / WBAL Sports Radio 1090 (Ravens)
- Live Stream:NFL Game Pass
- NFL Odds: New Orleans Saints (+114) / Baltimore Ravens (-137)
Why Bet on the New Orleans Saints?
Without Drew Brees, the New Orleans Saints will have to make major adjustments at the quarterback position. At the moment, there’s a healthy competition happening between Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill. Winston is the favorite of the two and provides the Saints a more traditional skill set that matches Sean Payton’s style of play. He also has more starting experience. On the other hand, Hill has been with the Saints for a while and he can introduce versatility if called upon. The Saints will have to expand their wide receiver options while Juwan Johnson transitions to the tight end spot.
Going over the defense, we expect to see Shy Tuttle take on more responsibility on the defensive side. There’s a good chance that the Saints will showcase rookie linebacker, Pete Werner, as he tries to earn a starting role in the regular season. Furthermore, there’s a contest going on between two punters in Blake Gillikin and Nolan Cooney. This preseason game gives the aforementioned a chance to warm up and see which combinations work best for the Saints’ system.
Why Bet on the Baltimore Ravens?
The Baltimore Ravens recently finalized their starting quarterback, so expect to see Trace McSorley and Tyler Huntley taking charge in this game. Alejandro Villanueva joining from Pittsburgh improves the team’s offensive line, while Bradley Bozeman moves over to center. With the addition of a third wide receiver, there’s less pressure on Marquise Brown and Sammy Watkins. All of which is anticipated to provide the Ravens’ attack more options.
Defensively, Tyus Bowser should see more action at the linebacker position and it’s going to be interesting to see if Justin Houston can create more chemistry with him and improve the pass rush. The Ravens are strong contenders for the Super Bowl title, but getting both offense and defense to work consistently this season will be crucial. Hence, we anticipate multiple rotations happening within the team to find its sweet spot just before the 2021 NFL season kicks off.
Saints vs. Ravens Betting Trends
- The Saints are 4-1 in their last 5 games.
- The Saints are 3-2 against the spread in their last 5 games.
- The totals have gone over in 3 of the Saints’ last 10 games.
- The Ravens are 6-4 in their last 10 games.
- The Ravens are 4-1 against the spread in their last 5 games.
- The totals have gone under in 4 of the Ravens’ last 5 games.
Saints vs. Ravens Expert Betting Predictions
With how the Baltimore Ravens are looking right now, they enter the clash as slight favorites ahead of the Saints. The absence of key players in this game could mean more struggle for New Orleans. However, we cannot disregard the fact that several changes to the team could lead to an improved system. There’s a good chance that they cover the spread with slight chances of winning. But ultimately, the Ravens get the upper hand if they cannot match the pace.
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*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.