|Written by Mike|
Bet on the NFLWhile the New Orleans Saints have long been seen as favorites at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, they fell to 3-3 at home this year on Monday night when they lost to the Baltimore Ravens 34-27. Both teams are still in the playoff hunt in spite of their opposite records.
The Saints were -3 favorites for the game. The over/under was at 50.5 points as well.
The teams exchanged touchdowns in the first quarter. At the start of the second, Kyle Juszczyk fumbled the ball for the Ravens just one yard shy of a touchdown. Pierre Warren recovered the fumble for the Saints. The Saints had a similar situation where they were stopped at their goal line later in the quarter but they at least had a field goal. The Saints had a 17-14 lead at the half.
The Ravens tied the game with a field goal and then got a touchdown as W Hill intercepted a pass from Drew Brees, running for 44 yards on the play. The Ravens extended their lead further in the fourth as Justin Tucker nailed a 55-yard field goal. They went ahead by two touchdowns as Justin Forsett ran for a 20-yard touchdown. Drew Brees did get a touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham late in the quarter but the Saints were unable to convert their onside kick attempt.
Justin Forsett had 182 rushing yards and two touchdowns for the Ravens. On the Saints side, Drew Brees went 35-45 with 420 passing yards and three touchdowns. Two of his touchdowns went to Jimmy Graham.
While they are total opposites in terms of their records, both teams still have strong playoff shots. The 7-4 Ravens are .046 points behind 7-3-1 Cincinnati for the AFC North lead and are among five teams tied for two wild card spots. However, the Ravens are behind Kansas City and San Diego when tiebreakers are considered. As for the 4-7 Saints, they are actually tied with Atlanta for the top spot in the NFC South.