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Oddsmakers Need Los Angeles Rams to Upset Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football

The Los Angeles Rams will be cheered on heavily tonight by oddsmakers across the country, who report taking a hefty amount of wagers on the opposing Baltimore Ravens.

The Los Angeles Rams will try to spoil a slew of sports bets tonight at home against the Baltimore Ravens. (Image: Mark Terrill/AP)

The Rams (6-4, 3-2 home) welcome the visiting Ravens (8-2, 4-1 away) for tonight’s Monday Night Football. The game puts MVP frontrunner Lamar Jackson and his sizzling Baltimore team on the national stage once again, their last national telecast coming three weeks ago when they knocked-off the then-undefeated New England Patriots.

Baltimore hopes to win its seventh in a row. Oddsmakers hope they don’t.

MGM race and sports director Jeff Stoneback told ESPN’s David Purdum that tonight’s game “will be our biggest decision of the year.” Westgate SuperBook NFL oddsmakers Ed Salmons added, “We definitely have some exposure on Baltimore right now.”

MNF kickoff is set for 8:15 pm ET. The Rams are 3.5-point underdogs, and the over/under is at 46.5 points.

Lamar on Display

The Ravens’ QB is in only his first full year of starting under center in the NFL, but by all accounts, it appears Baltimore has found its franchise player for the foreseeable future. The 22-year-old is nearly single-handedly revolutionizing how NFL teams look at offensive football.

Through 10 games, Jackson has thrown for 2,258 yards with 19 touchdowns against just five interceptions. He’s also run for 788 yards with another six scores. Also, this season he became just the second player in NFL history to have multiple games with a perfect passer rating (158.3).

He’s certainly the MVP this year,” Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said. “He’s a tremendous runner, but the other part of it is they’ve made a lot of explosive plays, not just in the running game. It gives me a headache. It’s a great challenge.”

As a result of his stellar play, Jackson is the heavy favorite to win the NFL regular season MVP award.

The FanDuel sportsbook has him at even money +100. Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is next at +250, and Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson a distant third at +800.

NFL Futures

The New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens are seemingly headed towards an AFC showdown. The Pats remain Super Bowl 54 favorites at +290, a $100 bet netting $290.

The Ravens are next at +470, and New Orleans Saints third at +500. Despite having the best record in the NFC at 10-1, the 49ers trail the Saints at +650.

On the other side of the spectrum, the Cincinnati Bengals managed to stay winless by losing 16-10 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Bengals are now 0-11, and their line on going winless continues to shorten.

Prior to their 11th loss, FanDuel had the Bengals going 0-16 at Yes +400, No -600. That means the sportsbook still believes the team will sneak out a win this season.

Cincinnati has five chances left. They host the New York Jets (4-7), then play at Cleveland (5-6), vs. New England (10-1), at the Miami Dolphins (2-9), and at home against Cleveland.

Devin O'Connor

Gaming Legislation, Politics, Casino Business, Entertainment----Devin O’Connor’s passion for politics and background in the world of pop culture television give him insight into the gaming industry backstories that often drive news these days. After graduating from Penn State University with a theater arts degree, he worked at MTV Networks/Viacom from 2005 to 2010 as a writer and producer, where his credits included Total Request Live, New Year's Eve specials, and a special featuring poker superstar Daniel Negreanu. He later moved on to the HGTV/DIY Network, where he created, wrote, and produced three series specials: That's So House Hunters, That's So 80s, and That's So 90s. Devin came on board with Casino.org in 2014. He lives in Pennsylvania, and is an avid marathoner, having completed 15 races to date. Email: devin.oconnor@casino.org

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