Baltimore Ravens vs. Chicago Bears: NFL Week 11 Betting Odds and Picks

Baltimore Ravens vs. Chicago Bears
Sunday, 11/17/13, 1:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Chicago -3
Current Betting Line:  Chicago -3
Opening Total:  47
Current Total:  45
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The Baltimore Ravens have had good success against NFC opponents with Joe Flacco under center

Baltimore put an end to a three-game losing streak by picking up a 20-17 overtime victory over the Cincinnati Bengals as one-point home favorites last Sunday, while going UNDER the betting total for the third time in four contests.  The Ravens are back in the hunt in the AFC North division, but they play their fifth road game in their past seven contests, which can’t be ignored when looking over the pro football odds page.  Defensively, the team has posted at least two sacks in 17-straight games—the NFL’s second-longest streak of its kind since 1990.  Baltimore is 2-3 SU and 3-2 ATS as a road underdogs of three points or less the last two-plus seasons.

The Ravens have allowed just one rushing touchdown this season, which is the fewest in the league and is important to consider when making your NFL betting picks in Week 11.  Baltimore has allowed just 11 touchdowns in its past eight games, which is tied with the Kansas City Chiefs for second among all teams—trailing only the Carolina Panthers.    Under the direction of head coach John Harbaugh, the franchise is 13-8 against NFC opponents.  Quarterback Joe Flacco has thrown for 35 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 21 non-conference games in his career.

Chicago has alternated wins and losses over its last five games, which includes a 21-19 defeat to the Detroit Lions as one-point home underdogs last week, while going UNDER the betting total for a second consecutive contest.  The Bears will be led by backup quarterback Josh McCown, as regular starter Jay Cutler is suffering from a high ankle sprain.  Offensively, the team must get its ground game going, as it mustered up just 38 yards on 20 carries in last week’s defeat to one of their division rivals.  Chicago is 3-3 SU and 2-3-1 ATS as home favorites of three points or less since 2011.

The Bears defense will be forced to overcome the loss of another key player in cornerback Charles Tillman, who landed on the injured reserve after suffering a torn right triceps.  Chicago ranks 10th in the NFL in total yards, while it sits 26th in terms of yards allowed.

Sports bettors will likely play the total, as the OVER is 8-3 in the Ravens last 11 road games versus a team with a winning home record.

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