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NFL odds, betting lines: Even without Derek Carr Raiders still favorites vs Ravens

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Oakland Raiders v Baltimore Ravens Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

The opening line for the Raiders over the Ravens was 4 points. That spread had narrowed with Derek Carr not playing, but the Raiders are still favored over the visiting Ravens by 2.5 points by courtesy of OddsShark.

With Derek Carr, the Raiders had a 28-27 come-from-behind win in Baltimore in week 4 of last season. This time it will be EJ Manuel at the helm for the Raiders.

Both teams are coming off back-to-back losses. But you thought the Raiders’ putting up just 10 points in each of their two losses was bad, you haven’t seen the Ravens lately.

They have scored a total of 16 points combined in their two losses against the Jaguars and Steelers without cracking double digits in either game.

Their loss to the Jaguars in London was an absolute slaughter. They were, for all intents and purposes shut out 44-0, but the Jaguars allowed a mercy score in the final minutes to make it 44-7.

The Jags went up 44-0 on the first play of the fourth quarter and Joe Flacco didn’t even take the field in the fourth as they just wanted to get on the plane and go home. At that point Flacco had completed 8 passes for 28 yards and two interceptions.

Somehow Blake Bortles threw for four touchdowns — something he hasn’t done since 2015. Bortles has thrown a total of 3 touchdowns in the Jaguars’ three other games combined, along with 3 interceptions.

Last week wasn’t a whole lot better. They were down 19-0 by halftime at home to the Steelers. Then they added three field goals in the second half and lost 26-9. Flacco attempted 49 passes in that game, completing 31 for 235 yards with 1 TD and 2 interceptions.

That could be the reason why, despite being without Derek Carr and despite the Raiders’ terrible play the past two weeks, they’re still favored.