NFL Preseason Odds, Picks, Predictions: Betting Analysis for Ravens vs. Panthers & Texans vs. Cowboys (Saturday, Aug. 21)
Justin Casterline/Getty Images. Pictured: Quarterback P.J. Walker.
The Ravens have been pretty unstoppable in the preseason under John Harbaugh’s tenure, but that doesn’t mean they’re invincible.
With a bevy of injuries keeping stars like Sammy Watkins, Marquise Brown and more sidelined — plus a Panthers squad that is likely rolling out both Sam Darnold and P.J. Walker at quarterback — it might be time to look past Baltimore’s dominance in the preseason.
Down in Texas, the Texans’ quarterback trio is sure to put up some exciting points against a Cowboys defenses that has seen better days and Dallas’ offense is more than ready to welcome back Amari Cooper and show off just what makes them America’s Team.
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The Ravens have won 18 straight preseason games and are 16-1-1 ATS during this stretch. If it’s not broken, why fix it?
Well, things could change this week as the Ravens are dealing with a slew of injuries to Marquise Brown, Rashod Bateman, Sammy Watkins, Miles Boykin, Deon Cain, Ben Cleveland, Jimmy Smith, Justice Hill, Nick Boyle, Marlon Humphrey, Trace McSorley, Brandon Stephens, Aaron Crawford and others.
A big part of the Ravens’ success is their depth and that could be tested here against a Panthers team that is implementing Sam Darnold into the fold and has a back up in P.J. Walker who could light up the scoreboard against Baltimore’s backups. At +3.5 there’s a small amount of value on the Panthers.
Houston is playing Davis Mills, Tyrod Taylor and Jeff Driskel at quarterback in the preseason and — while one is expecting the Texans to do anything worthwhile in the regular season — that doesn’t mean they won’t create a spark in the preseason.
The Texans scored 26 points last week and now face a Cowboys team that isn’t the best defensively. In addition, this is an explosive Cowboys offense that will gladly welcome the return of Amari Cooper.