|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFL The New Orleans Saints travel to the cold of Baltimore December 19th to take on the Baltimore Ravens in a key battle between NFL Playoff bound teams. The New Orleans Saints have been hitting on all cylinders as they prepare for this trip up to the Baltimore Ravens home. The Baltimore Ravens are in need of an important win on their home field as the season draws to a close
The Baltimore Ravens defense was once the toughest defense in the NFL and now they are still among the top five but they have slipped in some games this season. They allowed 374 passing yards to Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Buffalo Bills in one game. The return of Ed Reed was anticipated but when he did make it back on the field the secondary had their worst games of the season as they attempted to assimilate Reed back into the mix.
Sportsbook lists this Sunday matchup as minus 2 in favor of the Ravens, with the total over under at 43.5.
Playing against the run the Baltimore Ravens have been above average. They are yielding just over 100 yards per game on the ground. The pass defense of the Baltimore Ravens has also been solid. They are giving up just over 200 yards per game through the air. Ray Lewis is still the master of defense on this team but he is now a wily veteran and not the speedy linebacker in the middle of the field as he once was.
The New Orleans Saints offense has stumbled this season but now with Reggie Bush back in the fold they have stepped it up a notch to the level of play that got them to the Super Bowl. Drew Brees is looking more comfortable in the pocket and his receivers are getting open on every play.
When that happens it is easy to pile on the points and win games on offense. The running game has picked up steam with Chris Ivory picking up the slack as the new number one running back. The New Orleans Saints offense have the edge over the Baltimore Ravens.
The New Orleans Saints defense was the most aggressive defense in the NFL during their 2009 run to the Super Bowl title. This season they have been aggressive but they have not been as lucky as in 2009. The New Orleans Saints defense has held their NFL opponents to less than 110 yards rushing per game.
They are also holding opposing quarterbacks under 200 yards per game in the 2010 NFL season. Darren Sharper was the man on this defense and now he has been slowed by injuries. Sharper's absence has led to weaknesses on this New Orleans Saints defense.
Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens offense has not played to the level many have expected. With the addition of two game breaker receivers in TJ Houshmandzadeh and Anquan Boldin many felt this offense was ready to go to the next level.
The expectations of a high powered Baltimore Ravens have been blown apart and now they are attempting to reinvent themselves and get back to Ray Rice and the running game. The Baltimore Ravens offense and the New Orleans Saints defense are dead even and no one has the edge.