We’re now in the home stretch of the preseason, with the final week before the meaningful games begin. Week 3 features an interesting matchup between the Washington Commanders and Baltimore Ravens.
The Commanders look to continue to determine position battles and get reps for their young players. Meanwhile, the Ravens are on a ridiculous streak in the preseason, having won 22 consecutive games.
Let’s take a look at the Washington vs Baltimore betting tips for this Week 3 preseason matchup.
Commanders vs Ravens Odds
According to our NFL odds, the Ravens are predictably favored in this game, but six points feel like a lot for the preseason. The total is relatively high for preseason at 39.5, which is the fifth-most on this week’s slate.
Commanders vs Ravens Implied Score
Ravens 22.75, Commanders 16.75
Bookmakers project the Ravens to control this game. They are tied for the highest spread of the week.
Commanders vs Ravens Pick of the Day
Find out more about this Washington vs Baltimore pick of the day below.
Commanders vs Ravens Matchup
The Commanders have gone 0-2 in the preseason. They have good depth at quarterback, with backup Taylor Heinicke having starting experience and rookie Sam Howell showing some promise. Starter Carson Wentz has also seen limited action, but we could see more of him in Week 3.
The Ravens haven’t used Lamar Jackson, but Tyler Huntley is quite possibly the best backup quarterback in the NFL. He has seen extensive reps this preseason, completing a combined 29-of-32 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns.
Baltimore has a more well-rounded roster, giving them a clear advantage in this matchup. The question becomes, can they cover the lofty six-point spread?
Washington vs Baltimore Prediction
Ravens 21, Commanders 13
We’re continuing to focus on quarterback play to help project preseason matchups. Baltimore has the advantage here with Huntley, but Heinicke and Howell are a strong combination for the preseason. We’re also likely to see some of Wentz, while it’s unlikely that Jackson plays.
Huntley has been able to run the Ravens’ offense at a high level, evidenced by his efficient play through the air. There’s a good chance that he keeps up his great play against a Commanders defense that just got shredded by Patrick Mahomes.
Baltimore has an added incentive to go for the win, given their record-breaking winning streak during the preseason. We’re likely to see them get it done at home against a struggling Commanders team.
Commanders vs Ravens Bet Tips
- The Ravens have won by seven and 13 points in their two victories this preseason.
- Washington has lost by 10 and two points in their two losses.
- Baltimore has allowed fewer than 20 points in each game.
- The Commanders have combined for 35 points.
Commanders vs Ravens Best Bets
Ravens -6 (-110) at Caesars Sportsbook
We’re riding with the Ravens to keep up the winning streak in this matchup. While the spread is a bit inflated at six points, it’s hard to pass them up at home, especially with how Huntley is playing. Add in the fact that the Commanders haven’t been impressive, and you have a strong bet with Baltimore.
We’re emphasizing quarterback play in our NFL pick of the day.
Under 39.5 Total Points (-110) at Caesars Sportsbook
It’s tough to trust Washington to put up enough points against this Ravens defense. The Commanders haven’t looked good throughout the preseason. They’ll need to get the running game with Brian Robinson and Antonio Gibson going to help out their quarterbacks.
I don’t see that happening against a Ravens defense that held the Cardinals to only 55 rushing yards last week. Look for Baltimore to win by more than a touchdown and the total to stay Under the number.