The Baltimore Ravens and Carolina Panthers are both 2-1 and are in some tight races for the top spots in their respective divisions. These two teams will collide this Sunday at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium.
The two teams have only met four times in their short histories. The last meeting was in November 2010 when the Ravens won 37-13. This was actually the first time that the Ravens had ever beaten the Panthers. Still, the rosters for the teams have particularly changed as both teams have since become consistent playoff contenders.
The Baltimore Ravens got a push on their last game with a last-minute field goal to beat the Cleveland Browns 23-21. The Ravens were -2 favorites to win this game. They have gone over the point total in their last five games after allowing 350 or more yards to their opponents in their prior game. Tight End Dennis Pitta has been placed on the injured reserve with a hip injury. Running back Bernard Pierce and linebacker Terrell Suggs are both listed as questionable for this game.
The Carolina Panthers were -3 favorites against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week but lost 37-19. The team has gone under the point total in seven of their last ten games. They have also taken the under in their last five games after suffering losses of fourteen or more points in the last week. Both of the team's running backs, DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, are both officially listed as being questionable for the game but it is widely expected that both of them are going to play in this game.
The Baltimore Ravens are -3.5 favorites in the betting odds to beat the Carolina Panthers in this game. The over/under is rather low as it is listed at only 40.5 points. The Ravens have -175 odds for a straight up win while those are at +155 for the Panthers to win outright. This is expected to be a highly anticipated game in terms of the betting lines and for how the game is likely to evolve.