NFL Wild Card odds, line: Ravens vs. Chargers picks, predictions from dialed-in expert who’s 18-7
Roberts has worked in the Las Vegas sportsbook industry for 20 years, including a 13-year run as Station Casinos’ book director. Armed with an unmatched network of sources, Roberts is on a 47-36 run on NFL picks and has been especially adept at picking games involving the Chargers and Ravens, going 14-6 on all games involving L.A. and hitting on four of five matchups involving Baltimore. That’s 18-7 overall in NFL picks against the spread, and anyone who has followed him is way up.
Roberts knows that the Ravens’ mid-season renaissance can be traced back to the promotion of Lamar Jackson under center. The rookie quarterback is 6-1 as a starter and has re-energized Baltimore’s offense. In limited action, Jackson has rushed for 695 yards and five scores, including two in the season finale against the division-rival Browns.
While the signal caller is most dangerous scrambling, in the pocket he has thrown for over 1,200 yards and just three interceptions. The best passing day of his pro career came against these same Chargers, as Jackson went 12-of-22 for 204 yards and a score without turning the ball over. With the Ravens’ defense yielding only 17.9 points per game, Jackson doesn’t need to win games on his own.
But just because red-hot Baltimore is coming in hot doesn’t mean it will cover the Ravens vs. Chargers spread this time around.
For the Chargers, Rivers has been vintage this season, tying a career-high 105.5 passer rating in the regular season while also posting a 68.3 percent completion rate. That’s the second-best mark of his career behind a 69.5 percent season in 2013. And he’s been able to put up those numbers because the Chargers have surrounded him with a solid group of playmakers.
Melvin Gordon and Keenan Allen were both playing through injuries during their first matchup against the Ravens and both players should be much healthier this time around. That should give Rivers more weapons offensively with Mike Williams, Tyrell Williams and Antonio Gates all also making contributions. Considering that Baker Mayfield and the Browns just put up 376 yards through the air by spreading the wealth (five different Cleveland receivers had at least three catches for 45 yards), getting productivity from all those options in the passing game could wind up being the key to Los Angeles covering in this rematch.
We can tell you Roberts is leaning toward the over, but he has uncovered a major x-factor that makes one side of the spread a must-back. He’s only sharing what it is and who to back at SportsLine.
So who wins Chargers vs. Ravens? And what major x-factor causes one side of the spread to hit hard? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Ravens vs. Chargers spread to jump on, all from the Vegas legend who is a profit-making 18-7 run on games involving the Chargers and Ravens.