NFL Preseason Odds, Predictions for Ravens vs. Cardinals (Aug. 21)

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  • The Ravens go for their 22nd straight preseason win tonight when they face the Cardinals.
  • Baltimore will be without Lamar Jackson, but that hasn't stopped it in the past in practice games.
  • Check out a preview of the game and Brandon Anderson's pick below.

Ravens vs. Cardinals Odds

Ravens Odds-5
Cardinals Odds+5
Moneyline-220 / +175
TimeSunday, 8 p.m. ET
Odds as of Saturday and via Caesars.

The NFL's greatest-ever preseason dynasty hits the road on Sunday night.

The Baltimore Ravens have won 21 straight preseason games. They're even 18-2-1 against the spread during that span. Don't tell Ravens backers that this game doesn't matter.

Simply put, we are witnessing greatness — in meaningless football games.

The Ravens were very impressive in their preseason debut, vanquishing the Titans, 23-10, while getting some very impressive play under center. Tyler Huntley, Anthony Brown and Brett Hundley combined to go 28-of-35 for 259 yards and a touchdown. Baltimore also ran for a combined 130 yards.

Baltimore did not play many/any starters or noteworthy faces against Tennessee, and that will be the case again against Arizona. Lamar Jackson will not play tonight, and neither will running back J.K. Dobbins.

Given their preseason prowess, the Ravens are noteworthy favorites tonight. Here's how one of our experts is betting the game.

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Ravens vs. Cardinals Prediction

Ravens -210
Best Book
8 p.m. ET

Brandon Anderson: Sometimes you just gotta keep things simple.

Everyone knows the Ravens preseason trend by now. And the longshot guy in me so badly wants to play the underdog here, look super smart, and call the big upset that ends the streak. But do you really want to be the guy that steps in front of this speeding train? I don't.

You know the numbers by now. John Harbaugh and Baltimore have won 21 straight preseason games. The Ravens haven't lost a preseason game since 2015! Think about how long ago that was. Rex Grossman and rookie Tevin Coleman started that game for the Falcons, while Matt Schaub took the loss for the Ravens — and even that was by just one point.

The Ravens have won by 12.9 points per game during this absurd win streak, and moneyline bettors have seen a ridiculous 82.9% return on investment (ROI) over this stretch. That's why Baltimore is such a big favorite on the road.

And history says huge road preseason favorites are favored by that much for a reason.

Since 2004, road favorites of -210 or more in the preseason are 18-3 straight up, with a 20.1% ROI on the moneyline.

When everyone knows a team is so much better that they're a big preseason favorite even on the road, history says the ML bet is profitable, even with the juice.

Especially when it's the Ravens.

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