We've reached Week 13 of the NFL season and ESPN betting analysts Joe Fortenbaugh, Preston Johnson and Doug Kezirian, sports betting deputy editor David Bearman, Fantasy's Mike Clay and Matt Youmans of the Vegas Stats & Information Network are here to tell us what they like from the week's NFL slate. With Thursday's Thanksgiving tripleheader out of the way, we'll look at all of Sunday's games.
Season ATS (against the spread) records:
Fortenbaugh 3-1 (26-22-1 on season)
Youmans 2-2 (24-18-1)
Kezirian 1-1 (12-18-1)
Bearman 2-1 (13-12-1)
Clay 2-1 (19-8)
Johnson 3-0 (17-20-1)
Note: Caesars Sportsbook lines displayed as of Wednesday; all times Eastern. Picks on lines available at time of posting.
Sunday's 1 p.m. games
San Francisco 49ers at Baltimore Ravens (-6, 46.5)
Fortenbaugh: The Ravens have hung 30+ points in five straight games, 40+ points in three straight games and are averaging a league-best 35.1 points per contest this season. Some of you might look to San Francisco's top-rated defense and think the reckoning is coming for Lamar Jackson and company, but be advised that mobile quarterbacks have given the 49ers fits, as evidenced by the 26-point and 25-point outings Kyler Murray produced against this squad, as well as the 27 points Russell Wilson hung on a Monday night in Santa Clara. Those are the three highest scoring totals any team has put up against San Francisco in 2019.
As for the 49ers, the NFC's top-rated team currently ranks second in the NFL in scoring (30.2 points per game), seventh in road scoring (25.8) and has one of the game's preeminent minds calling plays in Kyle Shanahan. This showdown has "Game of the Year" written all over it.