The Baltimore Ravens seem to like the Monday night spotlight as of late, covering the spread six of the last eight times they've played the weekend finale.
Monday Night Football offers up what should be a good one this week as Baltimore visits Detroit to try to tame the Lions at Ford Field.
Point spread: Lions opened as six-point favorites; the total was 48.5. (Line updates and matchup report)
Odds Shark computer prediction: 23.2-22.7 Lions
Why the Ravens can cover the spread
Thanks to a crazy victory over Minnesota last week, Baltimore has won three straight games to crawl above the .500 mark. The Ravens own the No. 6 position in the AFC playoff picture at the moment, which is great news for a team that sat at 3-5 a short while ago.
Baltimore only ranks 29th in both total offense and rushing but ninth in defense and eighth against the run. And that defense might not have to deal with Detroit RB Reggie Bush, who's dealing with a sore calf.
It has also shown an ability to cover Monday Night spreads, as its 6-2 ATS streak proves.
Why the Lions can cover the spread
Detroit is still working on that NFC North division title and still holds the lead on Chicago, by a tiebreaker. Paced by the deadly combo of quarterback Matt Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson, the Lions rank second in the league in total offense and sixth in scoring, at nearly 27 points per game.
They're also a better team at home, where they're averaging 31 PPG this season. Losing Bush might hurt, but Joique Bell has provided some punch recently, running for 160 yards the last two games.
The Odds Shark computer is calling for a Detroit victory but a Baltimore cover in a game that stays UNDER its total. The Lions are still flighty. They've actually lost three of their last four games.
The Ravens, on the other hand, just seem to be putting things together for a playoff run. In what should be a dandy of an inter-conference matchup, go with the proven winner in Baltimore.
- Baltimore 6-2 ATS past eight Monday Nighters
- Detroit UNDER 5-0-1 past six Monday Night games
- Ravens are 2-5 ATS vs. the Lions since 1985
- The OVER is 10-2 past 12 Detroit games when the Lions are home favorites
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