Baltimore Ravens and Los Angeles Rams will face each other in the NFL 2021 Week 17 action on Sunday afternoon. The home side goes for the playoffs hunt, and they look forward to winning this game. The visitors eye the division top spot, and they will search for a positive result here.
Baltimore needs to bounce back after losing four times in a row, as the playoffs spot is slipping out of their hands. They need to go for a win in front of the home crowd to stay in the post-season race. On the other hand, the away side has already secured its playoffs ticket. However, Los Angeles wants to grab the pole position in the NFC West.
Baltimore Ravens – Can they bounce back with a win?
The Ravens looked like a certain playoffs participants, but their abysmal form led them to a tricky situation. They lost on the last four occasions, dropping to an 8-7 record and a second place in the AFC North. Three of those four defeats were very narrow, but they lost to the Bengals 41-21 in the previous match. Baltimore’s poor defense allowed the opponent to produce 575 yards in the offense, while another difficult circumstance was Lamar Jackson’s absence.
Baltimore’s starting quarterback is listed questionable for this game, but he’ll likely be able to help his teammates. Jackson has passed for 2,882 yards this season, with 16 scores and 13 interceptions, while he was sacked 38 times. He also leads the Ravens’ rushing department with 767 yards and a pair of TDs, while Devonta Freeman and Latavius Murray have combined for 799 rushing yards and ten touchdowns. Mark Andrews dominates the receiving corps with 1,187 yards and nine touchdown receptions, while Marquise Brown has generated 953 receiving yards and six scores. On the other hand, Patrick Queen has 92 total tackles, while Tyus Bowser sacked the rival QBs six times.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Devonta Freeman, Marquise Brown, Sammy Watkins, Rashod Bateman, Mark Andrews, Nick Boyle, Alejandro Villanueva, Ben Cleveland, Bradley Bozeman, Kevin Zeitler, Patrick Mekari
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Justin Ellis, Brandon Williams, Calais Campbell, Tyus Bowser, Josh Bynes, Patrick Queen, Odafe Oweh, Jimmy Smith, Chuck Clark, Brandon Stephens, Tavon Young
Quarter Back: Lamar Jackson
Kicker: Justin Tucker
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Los Angeles Rams – Will they stay in the top-spot race?
The Rams have enjoyed a four-game victorious run that secured them a place in the playoffs. They sit on the top of the NFC West with an 11-4 record, but the Cardinals are only one win behind them. Los Angeles has been pretty productive in the offense lately, and they go to this one after beating the Vikings 30-23. Although Minnesota gained more yards in the offense and the Rams made three turnovers, they were excellent in the ground game.
Matthew Stafford has thrown for 4,339 yards so far, with 36 touchdowns and 13 picks, while the opponent’s defenders sacked him 24 times. Sony Michel and Darrell Henderson Jr. and the Rams’ most productive players in the ground game, combining for 1,416 yards rushing yards and eight scores. Cooper Kupp is one of the NFL’s best receivers with 1,734 yards and 14 touchdown receptions, while Van Jefferson and Robert Woods have combined for 1,264 receiving yards and ten scores. On defense, Jordan Fuller dominates with 101 total tackles, while Aaron Donald has 12 sacks.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Sony Michel, Cooper Kupp, Odell Beckham Jr., Van Jefferson, Tyler Higbee, Tremayne Anchrum Jr., David Edwards, Coleman Shelton, Austin Corbett, Rob Havenstein
Expected Line-Up (Defense): A’Shawn Robinson, Bobby Brown III, Aaron Donald, Leonard Floyd, Christian Rozeboom, Troy Reeder, Von Miller, Darious Williams, Jordan Fuller, Taylor Rapp, Jalen Ramsey
Quarter Back: Matthew Stafford
Kicker: Matt Gay
Expert Pick #1 – Baltimore Ravens +3.5 @-110
Although the Ravens haven’t played well lately and the Rams entered a winning streak, I see the hosts covering the number here, and I’ll take it as the first pick. This match could be crucial for Baltimore in their playoffs battle, and they should be highly motivated. If Lamar Jackson returns to the roster, the Ravens might win this one.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 46.5 @-110
The Rams have been pretty productive lately, while the Ravens have been involved in many high-scoring matches at home. The Over cashed in nine of the last 12 Baltimore’s home games, while four of the Rams’ previous six road matches went over the margin. Give me the Over as the second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Ravens Over 20.5 @-115
The Ravens should be clinical in the front, and I see them scoring at least 21 points in this one. Los Angeles allowed 22+ points on their last five outings, and although the odds are a bit shorter for this one, I’ll back this pick as the second alternative.