NFL Betting Lines & Picks – Steve Smith faces Carolina As A Raven on Sept 28th from Baltimore, MDNoah Williams
The Carolina Panthers and the Baltimore Ravens will both look to pick up a win in their Week 4 matchup between two of the ‘feistiest’ teams in the league today.
The Ravens will look to extend their modest two-game winning streak while the Panthers look to rebound from their first loss of the season the last time out.
Carolina at Baltimore
Date: Sunday, September 28th
Start Time: 1:00pm
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Stadium: M&T Bank Stadium
TV Info: NBC
Live Stream: Click here to live stream the game.
Radio: For full list of Carolina Panthers radio station affiliates, click here. For full list of Baltimore Ravens radio station affiliates, click here.
Spread: Baltimore -3.5
Is this an older and wiser Steven Smith who plays against the team that shunned him; the Carolina Panthers are headed to Baltimore to take on the Ravens who are 3.5 point NFL betting line favorites this Sunday in an attempt to improve from their 2-1 record.
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) September 25, 2014
The Ravens have the same record that they hope to improve upon in week 4, though, and a nation watching their every move- this Sunday isn’t a game that either team is going to take lightly.
NFL Betting Lines & Picks Preview – Panthers Vs. Ravens
Baltimore (2-1 SU, 2-1 ATS) picked up a hard-fought 23-21 road win against the Cleveland Browns in Week 3 and covered the spread as a 1.5-point favorite while the Panthers (2-1 SU, 2-1 ATS) were on the wrong end of a convincing 37-19 loss to Pittsburgh while never coming close to covering the spread as a 3-point home favorite.
Baltimore is ranked ninth in total yards and eighth in rushing, but are ranked just 16th in scoring (21.7 ppg) though they are ranked an impressive sixth in points allowed defensively (16.7 ppg).
Former Panthers longtime wide receiver Steve Smith has established himself as the Baltimore’s top receiver in just three games, yet the fleet-footed Smith still has a hard time believing he’s wearing a different uniform than Carolina’s, though it was the team’s decision to release him on March 13 that fueled his move to the Ravens.
Smith is now quarterback Joe Flacco’s go-to receiver with team highs of 18 catches and 290 yards.
"I never really imagined that I’d be in a different uniform," he said. "I never really thought that I’d be playing against the Panthers."
For his part however, Smith said he has moved on.
"I think for every man that tries to earn a living despite the amount of money, you always try to go to work doing (more), always trying to give them more than they pay you," Smith said. "And when things don’t work well, unless you obviously hate your job, nobody walks out going, ‘Yay, I just got fired!’"
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 25, 2014
The Panthers are ranked 20th in total yards, and a mediocre 18th in scoring (21.0 ppg) but rank 10th in points allowed (19.3).
Athletically gifted quarterback Cam Newton is still clearly not 100 percent healthy. The powerful Newton has just 26 yards rushing in two games since missing the opener due to a rib injury.
"We know he is a big part of what we do," Rivera said. "The thing it shows is we can’t rely on him all of the time. Now we have to find other answers and other ways to (run the ball) — and the coaching staff is working on that."
Game Analysis: I expected the Carolina Panthers to take a step backwards this season and I can see they’re well on their way to doing just that. While I’m not overly impressed with Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens, I am going to advise you to back them in this Week 4 contest against a Panthers team that is even more offensively-challenged than the Panthers are.
Carolina is 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record, but Baltimore has compiled a seriously consistent 18-7-2 ATS mark in their L/27 games against a team with a winning record and I believe they’re going to hold it down at home against a still-injured Newton and the mediocre Panthers offense.