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Ravens @ Lions: Detroit to halt slump against Baltimore

| 16.02.2013

A glance at the overall form guide would lead many to back Baltimore (7-6) as the reigning Super Bowl champions head to Michigan.

Detroit (7-6) are 7-14 from their last 21 games and more recently have lost three of their last four.

The Ravens, meanwhile, are 4-1 from their last five having put together a three-match winning run.

However, The Lions’ home form, Baltimore’s record on the road and the added pressure of seeing Chicago and Green Bay pick up wins last time out should inspire the hosts to end the Ravens’ run.

Jim Schwartz’s Lions are 4-2 at home this term and while that may not be the most impressive of records, it is worth noting that both of those defeats came by just three points.

The Motor City outfit will also be boosted by the knowledge that the visitors are 1-5 on the road this campaign – last winning away in early October – and have struggled at Ford Field in the past.

Baltimore are 2-4 in six meetings with the Lions but have only won once in five trips to the Great Lakes State.

This is reflected in the betting, which sees Baltimore priced as 11/5 outsiders, while the Lions are heavily fancied to keep the pressure on the Bears and Packers at 10/27.

Wins for Chicago (8-6) and Green Bay (7-6) mean the Lions are now locked in a three-way tussle for a guaranteed playoff spot and beating the travelling Ravens would go some way to seeing Detroit top the NFC North Division.

With a close game expected the handicap is a tough market to call, with Baltimore priced at 10/11 with +6.5 and Detroit at 20/23 at -6.5, but with their home losses coming by such narrow margins this season the hosts have to be the pick.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.