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Saturday open thread: What’s your best bet in Lions-Ravens?

Get in, losers, we’re going gambling.

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Another week, another opportunity to cash in.

The Detroit Lions host the Baltimore Ravens in this Week 3 matchups of teams trending in different directions early on this season.

The Ravens are coming off an incredible performance a week ago where they battled all the way back to beat the Kansas City Chiefs in dramatic fashion on Sunday Night Football. The Lions, on the other hand, are coming off a primetime game where things looked great for two and a half quarters... and then everything came crashing down.

Here’s what we don’t need crashing down: your bet slip.

Let’s load it up and grab the best bets of this Week 3 matchup between the Lions and the Ravens.

What’s your best bet in Lions-Ravens?

If sports betting is something you partake in and you haven’t joined Caesars Sportsbook, you’re missing out on some of the best odds boosts out there. I don’t get a cent from them, so I’m just telling you like it is, weary traveler.

But speaking of those odds boosts, Caesars has a couple of boosts this week for the Lions-Ravens matchup that look even more like a sure bet after Baltimore’s injury report dropped yesterday evening.

For starters, at +400 odds—so for every $1 you wager, you win $4—the book has a prop for D’Andre Swift: Over 40.5 rushing yards and a TD scored any time. It’s a max bet of $100, and nothing is ever a sure bet—anyone else get burned by Christian McCaffrey’s injury on Thursday night?—but this is one I really like for a couple of reasons. For one, the Ravens are without veteran starting nose tackle Brandon Williams, a 336-pound anchor for their defense against the run. On top of that, the Ravens are also without spot-starter Justin Madubuike along their defensive interior, so Baltimore is really digging deep into their depth chart to put something out there on Sunday.

Swift has yet to rush for over 39 yards through two games this season, but if there was a game he’d have the opportunity to get it done, it could be against this depleted Ravens defense. As far as him scoring a touchdown, that’s always a roll of the dice.

Here’s my best bet for Lions-Ravens this week: D’Andre Swift over 40.5 rushing yards and anytime TD scorer (+400) + D’Andre Swift over 40.5 rushing yards (-115) to cover yourself.

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