NFL Football Point Spread: Ravens -3.5 O/U 44
Sunday October 14, 2012 1 PM EST FOX
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After struggling for the first few games the Ravens (4-1) defense played great in their last game only allowing 6 points in a win over Kansas City. They are atop the AFC North Division and are facing a well-rested Dallas team that is coming off a bye.
The Cowboys needed the extra week, as in their last game they lost badly to the Chicago Bears with Tony Romo getting picked off 5 times. The Cowboys are only at 2-2 and they could really use a win to keep pace with the Eagles and the Giants in the tough NFC East.
The Ravens are 3-0 at home this season the Cowboys are 1-1 on the road.
Last Sunday the Ravens beat the Kansas City Chiefs 9-6 while the Cowboys had a bye and in their last game they were embarrassed on Monday night losing to the Chicago Bears 34-18.
On the season the Cowboys are 1-3 ATS and they have an Over/Under record of 1-3 and the Ravens are 2-3 ATS and they have an Over/Under record of 3-2.
Not all of the 5 picks were Romo’s fault, but he has to get back on track in this game. The Ravens did shut down the Chiefs’ passing offense, but Matt Cassel is no Tony Romo and Baltimore and their 23rd ranked pass defense must play well in this game.
The Baltimore D gave up over 210 rushing yards to the Chiefs in the win last week and that is a concern. Still, one of the big weaknesses of the Cowboys this season has been RB DeMarco Murray and their 29th ranked rushing offense. Murray is the lead back, but he only has 237 rushing yards in the 4 Dallas games, he had 24 rushing yards in the loss to Chicago, and he is only averaging 3.9 yards per carry.
Joe Flacco did not have a great game against the Chiefs, as he did not throw a TD and he had a pick only passing for 187 yards. He has a solid set of WR’s in Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin, who are each averaging over 14 yards per catch, and they will face a legit Dallas pass D that is the top ranked unit in the league.
While Flacco struggled a tad against the Chiefs Ray Rice rushed for over 100 yards, which he has done in 2 of his last 3 games. The Cowboys run defense ranks 15th in the league and they held the Bears to under 100 rushing yards in their last game even though they lost the game.
Cowboys vs. Ravens Key Betting Trends
The Cowboys have only covered the spread in 2 of their last 7 games on the road and in their last 5 road games the posted total has gone Over every time.
The Ravens have only covered the spread in 1 of their last 6 home games and in their last 7 home games the posted total has gone Under 5 times.