The Baltimore Ravens are 1.5-point road favorites over the Washington Commanders in their NFL Preseason game slated for Monday, August 21
Baltimore has won 24 successive NFL Preseason games
Washington downed Cleveland 17-15 in Week 1 action. Can they pull the upset in our Ravens vs Commanders picks?
The Baltimore Ravens have won 24 successive NFL Preseason games since 2015 and the Washington Commanders were the victims on nearly 21% of the occasions. The Ravens enter as favorites in the Ravens vs Commanders odds for tonight’s MNF preseason game.
Baltimore is 5-0 straight up against Washington during this 24-game run. That’s accounting for 20.8% of the victories during the streak.
Oddsmakers are projecting this pattern to continue. As they meet in Week 2 of the NFL Preseason, it’s Baltimore that is set as 1.5-road favorites. Baltimore is 3-0 SU at Washington during this win streak.
Read on as we break down our NFL preseason Ravens vs Commanders prediction.
Ravens vs Commanders Odds
Over 37.5 (-110)
Under 37.5 (-110)
Washington’s 24-game win streak is an NFL record for preseason play. The second-longest was 19 games by the Green Bay Packers from 1959-62. Kicker Justin Tucker and tackle Ronnie Stanley are the only players who’ve been on the Baltimore roster during the entire win streak.
Odds as of August 21 at FanDuel. Be sure top claim a FanDuel promo code to bet on Ravens vs Commanders and other NFL preseason action this week.
FanDuel is offering a prop wager on whether the Ravens will again run the table with an unbeaten 2023 preseason. Yes is offered at underdog odds of +185. No is set with a betting line of -235.
Ravens vs Commanders Betting Splits
The Ravens are being given an implied win probability of 53.3%. Betting is split on the game, however. Washington is drawing 55% of bets, while Baltimore is getting 61% of the handle.
The total is set at 37.5 points. Three of the last five Ravens vs Commanders NFL preseason games have gone under that total.
How to Watch Ravens vs Commanders
Kickoff is set for 8:00 pm ET on Monday, August 21 at FedEx Field. The game is being broadcast live on the NFL Network.
During this five-game win streak over Washington, Baltimore has won four of the games by double-digit margins. That includes a 37-3 win at Washington in 2021. The NFL odds show that overall, the Ravens are 9-1 SU in the last 10 NFL Preseason games against the Commanders. Baltimore hasn’t lost a preseason game at Washington since 2007.
Jackson Will Sit for Ravens
If you’re thinking about playing some NFL props at one of the top NFL betting apps, don’t be betting on Ravens QB1 Lamar Jackson. Baltimore coach John Harbaugh may like winning in the preseason, but that doesn’t mean he’s putting his best player at risk.
Jackson will be sitting this one out. As well, backup Tyler Huntley won’t play due to a hamstring injury. That will leave the quarterback duties in the hands of Josh Johnson and Anthony Brown. Each will be playing half of the game.
“It’s always great to win in this league. You cherish victories. They’re hard to come by in this league.”
QB Josh Johnson talks about the preseason winning streak. pic.twitter.com/Kg1faVs91I
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) August 13, 2023
Johnson went 8-of-12 for 45 yards and a TD in last week’s win. Interestingly, the journeyman QB also saw duty at QB for the Ravens in their first win of this 24-game streak.
Both of the Ravens’ starting corners are injured. Marlon Humphrey underwent foot surgery this week and Rock Ya-Sin has not practiced since August 2.
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Commanders Unimpressed By Baltimore Streak
Baltimore and Washington engaged in two days of spirited joint practices this week. There were plenty of fights and even some trash talking about the win streak of the Ravens was coming from the Baltimore side of the conversation.
Commanders guard Sam Cosmi was mocking the streak, calling it a stupid record and insisting that no one cares who wins preseason games.
Sam Cosmi on Ravens preseason win streak – “Who gives a shit about preseason games…If we beat it, great.” pic.twitter.com/proqksaeEZ
— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) August 19, 2023
Commanders head coach Ron Rivera named second-year player Sam Howell the team’s starting QB ahead of veteran Jacoby Brissett. Rivera was still weighing how much playing time he’ll be giving his starters in this game, but did allow that Howell would see playing time.
Washington released kicker Michael Badgley on Sunday, meaning that Joey Slye has won the job.
Ravens vs Commanders Best Bets
The Ravens kept their streak alive last week by the skin of their teeth, winning 20-19 over the reigning NFC Champion Philadelphia Eagles. But as has been the case since a 20-19 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on September 3, 2015, Baltimore got the job done, rallying from a 13-7 deficit.
For Baltimore, expect big games from veterans Johnson and RB Melvin Gordon as they look to solidify their spots on the roster.
Washington is riddled with nagging injuries along the defensive front. DT Jonathan Allen (planter fasciitis) and Phidarian Mathis (knee) and DE Chase Young (stinger) are all ailing. Washington signed DT Isaiah Mack as insurance. TE Logan Brown, RT Andrew Wylie and CB Danny Johnson are also out.
Ravens vs Commanders Picks: Balimore Ravens -1.5 (-110)
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