Let Lamar Jackson’s reign for the Baltimore Ravens begin. Jackson’s first test as a full-time starter for the Ravens will be a road game against the Miami Dolphins, who are arguably the worst team right now in the NFL. The Dolphins are at home, though, with a new coach and a new starting quarterback. The Ravens are +375 to win the AFC North, while the Fins are +7500 to win the AFC East.
Betting Preview for the Baltimore Ravens vs Miami Dolphins NFL Regular Season Week 1 Game on September 8, 2019
Where: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens
When: Sunday, September 8, 2019, 1:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Baltimore Ravens (0-0)
It’s Lamar Jackson’s time for the Ravens. After pulling off a front-office maneuver that sent Joe Flacco to the Denver Broncos, Baltimore is left with nobody else to start under center but Jackson, the dual-threat quarterback who is expected to give the Ravens a jolt on offense. Jackson passed for 1,201 yards and six touchdowns against three touchdowns and added 695 rushing yards and five rushing scores last season for the Ravens. Baltimore is expecting better numbers from Jackson now that they have handed him complete control of the offense. The promise of Jackson as a full-time starter may very well manifest right away in Week 1, as the Ravens are only up against the rebuilding Dolphins team that has given too many signals in the offseason that simply points to their relatively low level of intent to win. Of course, there’s also the Ravens’ stout defense that ranked second in the NFL last year with just 18.2 points allowed per game.
The Ravens are 3-0 against the spread (ATS) in their last three games away from home.
Betting on the Miami Dolphins (0-0)
Nothing screams louder of the Dolphins’ plan to tank than the trade they made just under a week before the start of the 2019 NFL season. That was when they traded star left tackle Laremy Tunsil to the Houston Texans in exchange for future draft picks. Meanwhile, the Dolphins have chosen veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick to their Week 1 starter over second-year QB Josh Rosen. It’s a head-scratching decision, as a rebuilding team like the Dolphins should rather find what they have in Rosen, but they are also probably looking to get a quarterback in next year’s NFL Draft. Fitzpatrick is a decent signal-caller who had some crazy games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2018, but he doesn’t have someone like Mike Evans this time around. Instead, he’ll be working with the likes of second-rate receivers like DeVante Parker and Albert Wilson. Parker is always a breakout candidate but has not really broken out yet, but with a new quarterback in town, who knows if this is really the year for the former Louisville Cardinals star?
The Dolphins are 3-1 ATS in their last four home games.
The Ravens take down Miami, 29-16.
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