Which players will go off in the Baltimore Ravens’ season-opener against the New York Jets? Here are three prop bets for Week 1.
Rashod Bateman, Anytime Touchdown Scorer (+220)
We like the +220 odds of Bateman scoring a touchdown anytime during the game. Other Ravens players naturally rank before him (Lamar Jackson, Mark Andrews), but Bateman has been heralded as the team’s most potent WR1 and should get on the score sheet quickly.
Bateman nabbed just one touchdown in 12 games last year and will benefit from a healthy Lamar Jackson re-entering the lineup. Against a relatively unproven Jets secondary, Bateman should be able to get a few open looks and find the end zone at some point during the game.
Total Touchdowns, Away Team: Over 3 (+102)
The game will be played at MetLife Stadium with the Ravens as the visiting team. We like taking the over of three touchdowns for a modest profit as we’re assuming Baltimore will go home with a dub.
Lamar Jackson will play a huge role in the offense, giving Baltimore the spark it needs to start strong and maintain the momentum. According to the Jets X-factor, in three season openers, Jackson has led the Ravens to 41.3 points per game, going for 59, 38, and 27 points.
Even though Jackson missed a significant chunk of time in 2021, his recovery has gone well and he fits right into the Ravens’ offensive scheme like a glove. With a stouter offensive line, Jackson should benefit from increased pass protection and can put at least four touchdowns over the Jets, easy.
Alternate Total Points: Over 50.5 (+200)
While we have utmost faith in Jackson tearing apart New York’s defense, we don’t think the Ravens’ D is invincible this game.
Baltimore’s interior defense could struggle with linebacker Patrick Queen still improving in coverage, and the Jets have a much-improved run and passing attack with new additions like Breece Hall and Garrett Wilson.
In time, the Ravens’ secondary should become one of the most elite in the league, but the team’s logjam at safety (Kyle Hamilton, Marcus Williams, and Chuck Clark) could lead to some careless mistakes and lapses in coverage as those players adapt to new roles and adjust to the defensive scheme.
We actually think the Jets have enough offensive firepower to push the total for this game over 50.5 points, which may be our riskiest bet of them all.
The Ravens still win, though the Jets will certainly put up a good fight.