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Ravens vs. Dolphins 2009 Wild Card Preview

Baltimore Ravens vs. Miami Dolphins 1:00 ET

The Baltimore Ravens (11-5, 12-3-1 ATS) will look to keep its Super Bowl dreams intact as it visits sunny Miami for the second time this season to do battle with fiery head coach Tony Sparano’s Dolphins (11-5, 8-8 ATS); kick-off is slated for 1:00 ET and the NFL Playoff betting affair can be seen nationally on NBC. The Ravens were one of the best money-makers on the road this season after cashing ATS in 6 of their 8 games, while Miami struggled to cover the pointspread at home going a very poor 2-6 ATS.  

Current Bookmaker Super Bowl XLIII future betting odds find the Ravens installed as +1200 underdogs to win it all, while Miami boasts a better return on investment at +2800. If you believe one of these teams has the goods to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy come February, login to your Bookmaker.com account right now and get your action down before either of these teams loses future value!

With Pittsburgh clinching the AFC North division at Baltimore in Week 15, all the Ravens had to do last week was beat the Jacksonville Jaguars to go to the playoffs. They didn’t hesitate in getting after the Jags and beat them into a bloody pulp while covering the lofty 10-point spread to improve its mark to a phenomenal 6-1-1 ATS at home. This Ravens squad has been going at it for 15 consecutive weeks after they were forced to take their “Bye” in Week 2 after a nasty hurricane damaged Reliant Stadiums roof. That hasn’t stopped Ray Lewis and company from destroying its opponents on a weekly basis. Though a large number of notable players are on IR, the Ravens made no excuses and went about their business every Sunday.

Miami is the AFC’s “feel good story” for 2008. They went from being a 1-15 team a year ago to going 11-5 in ’08 and winning the AFC East. Bill Parcells made a huge impact in the front office, Tony Sparano turned out to be a heck of a hire as head coach, and Chad Pennington fell into their laps after he was exiled form NY after Favre came over from Green Bay. Those three things helped the Dolphins franchise parlay what looked to be the doormat of the AFC East into a breath of fresh air that will allow the sunny shores of Miami to take in some post-season pigskin.

Like Indy & San Diego, these two teams hooked up during the regular season back in Week 7. Baltimore proved triumphant that day and escaped South Beach with a dominating 27-13 outright win as three-point underdogs. In fact, the underdog has cashed in each of these teams last four meetings. Miami is 6-1 ATS the L/7 times it was installed the decided underdog, but it’s a very poor 1-7-1 ATS the L/9 times it was installed a home underdog of as many as three points. Baltimore found itself in the road favorite position once this year, and passed the test with flying colors by pummeling Cincinnati 34-3 as seven-point choices. That said; that lone win was their first in eight tries in that role (1-8 ATS L/9).

Baltimore currently sits as 3-point road favorites with a game ‘total’ of 37.5 points at Bookmaker.com.

Will the Ravens continue being one of the best pointspread teams in the league, or will the Dolphins muster enough offense to defend its house and move onto the next round?

Once you’ve crunched all the numbers and come to a deduction, login to your Bookmaker Sportsbook account to get your NFL Wild Card betting action down!


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