Baltimore Ravens and Las Vegas Raiders clash in the final game on the NFL coupon for the first round of matches, with the bookies anticipating a fairly close encounter although they give the former the edge for this clash. The majority of leading American Football betting sites have the line at 4.5 points in favour of the Ravens, with the bookies also having them as one of the outright favourites.

Baltimore made it to the postseason bracket last season as fifth seeds in the AFC Championship and they played out a fairly tight clash against Tennessee at the Nissan Stadium, with the former coming through by a seven point margin, although they ran into brick walls when clashing with the Bills and scored a measly three points.

This time around, we might expect their offense to be a lot stronger in order to compete at the business end of the competition, while Las Vegas are something of an unknown quantity after not qualifying for the postseason. The Raiders won as many games as they lost in the AFC West, with Kansas City Chiefs dominating the division.

We think that the knowhow of the Ravens should see them claim a victory and their price is attractive enough to either back as a single or put in a parlay with some other short-priced picks.

BETTING VERDICT

Baltimore to win

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