Even steven. That's the best way to describe the NFL regular-season series between the Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins. They've met six times, and each team has won three games. The two teams are 1-1 in two games at Baltimore, and they are 2-2 in four games played at Washington. They split the first two games, the Ravens won the next two and the Redskins have won the last two. In the six games, Baltimore has scored 102 Washington has scored 94 points.
Other than Baltimore's 24-10 triumph in 2008, no regular-season game between the Redskins and Ravens has been determined by a margin wider than seven points. Those are vastly different outcomes than during the preseason, where four of the past six Baltimore-Washington games produced deciding margins of 18 points or greater. In the last two preseason meetings, Baltimore beat Washington 23-3 in 2017 and the Redskins stopped the Ravens 31-13 in 2105.
Lower And Lower - The under is generally the wisest play on the total wager whenever and wherever the Redskins and Ravens are opposing each other. Two of last three Redskins-Ravens preseason games have gone under. As well, the total has gone under in five of last six Ravens-Redskins regular-season games. Five of the last eight Washington-Baltimore preseason games finished with totals of 26 or lower. In three of the last five regular-season games between the Ravens and Redskins, neither team got to 20 points.
Beltway All The Way - The Redskins have won three Super Bowls and played in the big game five times. The Ravens are 2-0 in Super Bowl play. But what are the chances of the Ravens and Redskins staring down each other in a Beltway battle in Super Bowl LIII? At MyBookie, you will get odds of +60000 if you wager on a Super Bowl matchup between Baltimore and Washington. Bovada lists the Ravens at odds of +4500 to win Super Bowl LIII and with odds of +2000 that they will capture the AFC championship.
There are some in the football world who believe the Redskins could be a solid sleeper pick to sneak into the Super Bowl this season, much like their NFC East Division rivals the Philadelphia Eagles did a year ago at odds of +5000. But Bovada doesn't appear to be buying into this rhetoric. They've placed odds of +7500 on the Redskins winning the Super Bowl, which ranks them 11th among NFC hopefuls. If you even just want to wager on the Redskins winning the NFC title and getting to the Super Bowl, those odds are +4000.
At +750, the Redskins, 7-9 a year ago, are the longest shot to win the NFC East title, behind even the New York Giants (+600), who were 3-13 in 2017. Washington is +400 to make the playoffs and -600 to miss the postseason. The Ravens are the second betting choice to win the AFC North at +400. You will get odds of +150 on Baltimore making the playoffs. The Ravens are listed at -180 to be playoff outsiders.
Bet365 puts the line on the Ravens earning one of the two AFC wildcard playoff positions at +333. In the same market on the NFC side of the ledger, the Redskins are listed with odds of +1000 to earn a wildcard playoff berth.
Smith And Joe - The quarterback position seems to be an issue for both of these teams entering the season. The conservative, ball-control offense of Alex Smith has succeeded the gunslinger mentality of Kirk Cousins under center for the Redskins, and people don't appear certain what to make of this change. Bovada lists Smith at +3300 to lead the NFL in passing yardage this season. They've assigned Smith odds of +6000 to be the NFL MVP for the 2018 season.
Long odds to be sure, but still miles ahead of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. For a guy who's won a Super Bowl, he doesn't get a lot of respect. He's listed as +12500 to be the NFL MVP, the same odds placed on Eagles backup QB Nick Foles. You can wager Flacco at +10000 to lead the NFL in passing yardage this season, or place a bet on him at +2000 to throw the most interceptions in the NFL during the 2018 regular season.
Action On Jackson - The underlying subterfuge in all this flak over Flacco is also drawing some wagering attention to Lamar Jackson. The Ravens selected the 2016 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Louisville in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft and he is undoubtedly penciled in as their QB of the future. The question on everyone's mind is how quickly will that future arrive for Jackson?
Bet365 has Jackson posted with odds of +2000 to win the NFL's offensive rookie of the year award. Betway also has Jackson at odds of +2000, while MyBookie likes Jackson's rookie of the year chances ever more at +1650. MyBookie also has Jackson down at odds of +16500 to be the NFL leader in passing yardage, and even offers odds of +20000 that he could earn the honors as the NFL's MVP.
Throw It To Mikey - The Ravens signed receiver Michael Crabtree as a free agent to boost their offensive attack and you will find a number of player performance prop bets on Crabtree being offered at different sportsbooks. MyBookie puts forth a wager on Crabtree's touchdown catches, pegging the total at 6.5. Go over or under and you will get odds of -115.
BetOnline also sets Crabtree's touchdown total bar at 6.5, but you'll get odds of -120 if you play the over and -110 on the under wager. Crabtree's receiving yardage total is set at 774.5. Play over or under and the odds are -115.
Defense First - The Ravens have always been a team built around a punishing defense and this fact of life is recognized by the online sportsbooks. Baltimore linebacker C.J. Mosley is slotted in by Bet365 as the co-sixth betting option to lead the NFL in tackles and assists in 2018. Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs is +6600 to lead the NFL in sacks this season. Mosley (+6600) and Suggs (+15000) are longshots to be named the NFL's defensive player of the year, though.