NFL Lock of the Week: Baltimore Ravens Against the Spread

Ralph Longo@ IIIJanuary 11, 2013

BALTIMORE, MD - JANUARY 06: Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens during a game against the Indianapolis Colts during the AFC Wild Card Playoff Game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 6, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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At the moment, the Baltimore Ravens are currently a 10-point underdog on the road against the Denver Broncos for Saturday's game. I'm here to tell you that the plus-10 Ravens are the best bet of the weekend and are a lock to cover the spread. 

By no means can it be expected that the Ravens will win this game. Perhaps they'll pull off the upset, but it seems unlikely given how well Peyton Manning's played the past two months and how strong the defense is looking. 

But to be 10 point underdogs is far too high. There is absolutely no way that Ray Lewis and the defense will let this game get that out of hand. Yes, they Ravens lost by 17 to Denver four weeks ago, but that was without Lewis on defense, and before this team knew it was going to be his last hurrah in a Ravens uniform. 

Baltimore also struggled mightily to get their rushing attack going in that game, and while that could happen again, I think it's very unlikely and their performance in Week 15 was more of a fluke in an otherwise solid season. 

And especially with extremely cold weather forecast, it's going to be hard for both teams to mount an effective offense. This game has all the signs of being a tight, field position strategy type of game, in which no one really gains the upper hand until the very end.

So, if you're looking for the best game to pick this weekend against the spread, look no further than the Baltimore Ravens. It should be a close one, and with a spread that's currently sitting at plus-10, that's all you'll need.