With Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson missing his second consecutive practice on Friday, there’s plenty of uncertainty surrounding a team that still has hopes of making the playoffs.
Jackson practiced on Wednesday, but ESPN reported that he had a pronounced limp, which has now sidelined him for two days. Jackson injured his ankle early in a Dec. 12 loss to the Cleveland Browns, the second setback of what’s become a four-game losing streak.
One of four AFC teams sitting at 8-7, the Ravens are outside of the playoffs at the moment as the Miami Dolphins would earn the final berth by virtue of a tiebreaker. Baltimore needs a team in front of it to falter in its final two games, but that won’t matter if the Ravens (7-8 ATS) can’t win at least one of their final two games.
Tyler Huntley, fresh off the COVID-19 list, is in line to get the start if Jackson is sidelined on Sunday. Huntley sparked the offense in a 31-30 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Dec. 19, recording a pair of passing touchdowns while rushing for two more scores.
Los Angeles (11-4 SU, 8-7 ATS) has clinched a playoff berth and still has hopes of claiming the top seed in the NFC, which comes with a first-round bye and home-field advantage through the NFC Championship Game if the Rams make it that far.
The Rams, though, don’t control the race for the top seed as they’d need losses by both Green Bay and Dallas. Los Angeles, though, can only worry about the team in front of it, which just happens to be the reeling Ravens.
The Rams are currently laying 5 to 5.5 points after being installed as 2.5-point favorites when there was less known about Jackson’s injury status. The total opened at 45.5 points but has grown to either 46 or 46.5 depending on the sportsbook.
If you’re looking to wager beyond the spread, moneyline, or total, here are some prop bets worth considering. And be sure to check all of the books as more props may become available once there’s more certainty as to whether Jackson or Huntley will line up behind the center for Baltimore.
Team Scoring Props
Baltimore Ravens First Team to Score (+110 at BetRivers)
Even with the Rams favored, the Ravens have a shot at getting on the board first. Having traveled across the country, with a 1 p.m. ET start feeling like 10 a.m. PT for the Rams, it won’t be shocking if Los Angeles gets off to a slow start.
Will The First Team To Score The First Points Win The Game? No. (+140 at BetMGM)
If you think the Ravens will score first, but that the Rams will win, these two team props may be the wagers for you.
Rams QB Matthew Stafford passing yards over 287.5 (-115 at DraftKings)
With a secondary decimated by injuries, the Ravens are allowing 280.5 passing yards per game, the highest total in the NFL. Stafford has surpassed 287.5 yards in eight of 15 games this season, though he’s fallen short of that total the last three weeks.
Matthew Stafford over 2.5 passing touchdowns (+160 at DraftKings)
Stafford has thrown for at least three touchdowns eight times this season. While he hasn’t hit three in the last two games, he’s had two three-game streaks where he’s thrown at least three touchdowns in each game. Against Baltimore’s secondary, look for Stafford to spread the ball around for at least three touchdowns.
Matthew Stafford’s longest completion over 40.5 yards (-110 at DraftKings)
Stafford’s longest completion has topped 40.5 yards in 10 games this season and WR Cooper Kupp’s longest reception has surpassed that total in seven games. It stands to reason the two will connect on at least one long pass in Baltimore.
Rams WR Cooper Kupp receiving yards over 107.5 (-115 at DraftKings)
Kupp has surpassed 107.5 receiving yards in four straight games and eight of the last 10. Even if the Rams win this one comfortably, look for Kupp playing a big role in the offense early yet again considering the state of Baltimore’s secondary.
Rams TE Tyler Higbee receiving yards over 32.5 (-115 at DraftKings)
Higbee has surpassed 32.5 yards in eight games this season and if the Ravens are focusing heavily on Kupp, he should top that number on Sunday.