The Baltimore Ravens are set to make their long-awaited return to the gridiron as they will play host to the New Orleans Saints this Saturday.
It will be the first preseason game the team has played in nearly two years after last season’s exhibition schedule was canceled. As opposed to in previous years, this year’s preseason will only feature three games.
That’s one less game for players to make an impact, one less game for teams to get a read on their roster, and one less game to prepare for the regular season.
All that means is that each week now matters more than ever in the preseason. Let’s take a look at all the information you need to know about this Saturday’s preseason opener.
Ravens vs. Saints odds for preseason Week 1
According to WynnBET, the Ravens are 2.5-point favorites to win their first preseason game against the Saints. The moneyline for the game has the Ravens at -145 and the Saints at +125.
For those unfamiliar with betting, that means that you would need to bet $145 on the Ravens winning to earn an additional $100 dollars. On the other side of the spectrum, if you bet $100 on the Saints winning, you would win an extra $125 if they did come out on top.
Ravens injury report vs. Saints preseason Week 1
The Ravens have dealt with some injuries this summer, but they seem to be getting healthier. The likes of Ronnie Stanley, Lamar Jackson, and Gus Edwards all returned to practice in recent days.
Some players dealing with injuries are Jimmy Smith, Kevin Zeitler, Marquise Brown, Miles Boykin, and Bradley Bozeman. It’s unclear how many of them will play, but Smith will almost certainly be sidelined.
Ravens vs. Saints prediction for preseason Week 1
It’s always difficult to predict preseason games and this contest is no different. Lamar Jackson is the best quarterback on either side (by a long stretch), but he won’t play most of the game.
With that in mind, it might make sense to bet on the Saints given how poor the Ravens’ offense looked in training camp with Trace McSorley and Tyler Huntley running the show.
It all depends on how much time the Saints plan to give the duo of Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill as opposed to Ian Book and Trevor Siemian.
What channel is the Ravens first preseason game on?
You will be able to watch the Ravens’ first preseason game regionally on NFL Network and on WBAL-TV. All Ravens preseason games will be available on WBAL-TV.
Ravens vs. Saints live stream
Ravens fans will also be able to stream the game at BaltimoreRavens.com and in the Ravens Mobile App.
Ravens next game and schedule
The Ravens will play their next preseason game the following Saturday, August 21st on the road against the Carolina Panthers. They’ll conclude their preseason on Saturday, August 28th against the Washington Football Team.
The regular-season opener will be on Monday, September 13th against the Las Vegas Raiders.