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Week 14 NFL Betting Market: Early Money Has Ravens-Chiefs Spread on the Move

Dec 04, 2018 8:30 PM EST
  • The Baltimore Ravens head to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs, with Baltimore still unsure of who will be starting at QB.
  • Using The Action Network's betting tools, we've identified how sharp bettors have moved the spread in the early going.

Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes: perhaps two of the games brightest stars in the making. They could face off this weekend in Kansas City, with the Chiefs aiming to hold onto their division lead and the Ravens looking to improve their win streak to four games.

Jackson and the Ravens took care of the Falcons in Atlanta in a 26-16 victory. Or should I say, Jackson, RGIII and the Ravens, as Robert Griffin III took the field for a bit with Jackson in the concussion protocol.

The Ravens are now 3-0 straight up and against the spread with Jackson starting, but it’s no guarantee he keeps the job when Joe Flacco is ready to return from his hip injury. Their QB situation is currently up in the air for this game.

Despite the uncertainty, the line has moved in the Ravens’ favor since opening. At this point, I imagine many Ravens bettors are hoping Jackson gets the nod regardless of Flacco’s health status.

On Sunday night, Baltimore opened up at +7.5/+8 around the market. It only took around a half hour for them to drop to +7, though.

On Monday afternoon, BookMaker/CRIS became the first book of note to move the line past the key number to 6.5. Shortly after, other books began following suit.

Baltimore is getting less than 40% of bets vs. the mighty Chiefs, but when we look at where the money has gone, they’re getting 60% of the cash.

Kansas City’s offense has had their way with essentially everyone this season, but that could come to a stop when they take on Baltimore’s formidable D. The Ravens are tops in the league in terms of points and yards allowed and the Chiefs will still be getting used to life without Kareem Hunt.

Per Bet Labs, teams with at least a .800 winning percentage in the final four weeks of the season have covered just 44.1% of the time.

Credit:

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Lamar Jackson.

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