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Both the Detroit Lions and the Baltimore Ravens have rather lofty expectations coming into the 2012 NFL season. Both made the playoffs last season, with the Ravens coming in within a catch of reaching the Super Bowl. The two will square off in Week 2 of the preseason on Friday night in primetime.
Baltimore defeated Atlanta in their preseason opener last Thursday, getting a 31-17 victory. Joe Flacco stayed on the field for a few series, completing nine of 12 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown. It was certainly a positive performance for the first time preseason game. It was back up Curtis Painter who stole the show though, tossing three touchdowns on the night.
Running back Ray Rice ran the ball just three times for four yards before his night came to an end. But that’s the nature of preseason. Rice signed a new deal with the Ravens in the offseason. A well-earned one considering he is one of the most productive backs in the league.
Detroit lost to Cleveland in their preseason opener. Matthew Stafford threw just seven passes, completing four of them for 51 yards and one interception. Calvin Johnson had two nice receptions for 36 yards.
Looking ahead at this second preseason matchup for both, oddsmakers have set down a betting line. Lions vs Ravens Week 2 preseason betting lines available at Bovada Sportsbooks have set Baltimore as field-goal favorites over Detroit. To cover the line, the Ravens will need to win by at least four points. The Lions can cover with a loss by two points or less. Exactly a three-point Baltimore victory will result in a push.
As always, preseason betting lines can be funny, because as a bettor, you can’t rely on which players will be in the game, and for how long. It’s a bit more risky, but it’s still fun because NFL season is back!
The Ravens and Lions kick off on Friday night at 8pm ET, with coverage of the game on FOX. Check out these betting odds and the rest of the line up below.