- Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens travel to Vegas to take on the Raiders on Monday Night Football
- Jackson faces the Raiders for just the second time in his career; this will be Derek Carr’s fourth time facing the Ravens
- Kickoff is set for 8:15 pm EST from Allegiant Stadium in Vegas on Monday night on ESPN
The return of the NFL season means another year of Monday Night Football on ESPN. And with that comes player props.
With the Ravens taking on the Raiders from Vegas on Monday night, it puts 2019 NFL MVP Lamar Jackson squarely in the spotlight. Meanwhile Derek Carr will be relying on Josh Jacobs and Darren Waller to start the season strong.
After experiencing an excessive heat warning late in the week, the domed confines of Allegiant Stadium will be a comfortable environment. Ideal for racking up big offensive numbers.
Ravens vs Raiders Week 1 Player Props
|Lamar Jackson, BAL||18.5 (O -114 / U -114)||210.5 (O -113 / U -113)||1.5 (O +110 / U -146)|
|Derek Carr, LVR||23.5 (O -102 / U -130)||258.5 (O -113 / U -113)||1.5 (O -118 / U -112)|
|Player||Rushing Attempts||Rushing Yards||Rushing + Receiving Yards|
|Lamar Jackson, BAL||11.5 (O -130 / U -105)||70.5 (O -113 / U -113)||285.5 (O -110 / U -110)*|
|Ty’Son Williams, BAL||14.5 (O -114 / U -114)||60.5 (O -113 / U -113)||70.5 (O -114 / U -114)|
|Kenyan Drake, LVR||N/A||33.5 (O -113 / U -113)||N/A|
|Josh Jacobs, LVR||13.5 (O -108 / U -122)||49.5 (O -115 / U -115)||67.5 (O -114 / U -114)|
|WR/TE||Receptions||Receiving Yards||Longest Reception|
|Ty’Son Williams, BAL||N/A||10.5 (O -113 / U -113)||8.5 (O -110 / U -120)|
|Marquise Brown, BAL||3.5 (O -172 / U +128)||52.5 (O -113 / U -113)||20.5 (O -120 / U -110)|
|Mark Andrews, BAL||4.5 (O -166 / U +124)||58.5 (O -113 / U -113)||20.5 (O -120 / U -110)|
|Sammy Watkins, BAL||3.5 (O +112 / U -148)||43.5 (O -113 / U -113)||18.5 (O -120 / U -110)|
|Bryan Edwards, LVR||3.5 (O +130 / U -174)||37.5 (O -113 / U -113)||19.5 (O -110 / U -120)|
|Darren Waller, LVR||5.5 (O -172 / U +128)||72.5 (O -113 / U -113)||22.5 (O -110 / U -120)|
|Henry Ruggs III, LVR||2.5 (O -114 / U -114)||38.5 (O -113 / U -113)||19.5 (O -110 / U -120)|
|Hunter Renfrow, LVR||3.5 (O -145 / U +110)||37.5 (O -115 / U -115)||17.5 (O -110 / U -120)|
Odds as of September 12th at FanDuel
*Passing + Rushing Yards for Lamar Jackson
The Ravens opened as 4.5 point favorites on the road. Including playoffs, the Ravens total finished under in four-straight games to close out the 2020 season. Vegas went over the total in each of their last five games.
With a predicted score of 33-19, there’s a chance we could see plenty of scoring on Monday night.Advertising Disclosure
Andrews Becomes Focal Point of Ravens’ Offense
Because of a rash of injuries at the running back position, Mark Andrews may have become the most important player on the Ravens’ offense. Outside of Lamar Jackson, that is.
Baltimore was dealt a crushing blow on Thursday when it was announced Gus Edwards suffered a torn ACL at practice. Edwards was filling in for JK Dobbins, whose season is also over thanks to a knee injury.
So Ty’Son Williams could be making his first NFL start. And the running attack will largely rely on him, as none of the other backs on the depth chart are fluent in Baltimore’s playbook.
Mark Andrews since 2019:
– 1st in touchdown catches among TEs (17)
– 4th in receiving yards among TEs (1,553)
– T-8th in touchdown catches among all players (17)
— Kevin Oestreicher (@koestreicher34) September 7, 2021
Before the injuries, there was a strong case to be made for Vegas containing Andrews. Travis Kelce dominated the Raiders in 2020, totaling 16 catches and 235 yards in two games. Other than that, only Rob Gronkowski and Hunter Henry topped Andrews’ overs.
But now Andrews will lead a group of receivers who spent most of August banged up. He’s the most reliable pass catcher Jackson has, and it’s tough to tell just how much the Ravens can lean on their run game.
- The Pick: Mark Andrews OVER 4.5 receptions (-166); 1 Unit
Ruggs at Ease Entering Second Season
When you take a receiver at 12th overall, you’d admittedly like a little more than the Raiders got from Henry Ruggs last year.
He caught 26 of his 43 targets for 452 yards and a pair of touchdowns. In terms of Monday night’s props, Ruggs caught 3+ balls six times and had 35+ yards receiving six times. Four of those three-catch games came in Ruggs’ final five contests.
Head coach Jon Gruden has admitted that the offense runs through ‘super freak’ Darren Waller. Waller isn’t just a tight end, but he takes snaps from Ruggs and Bryan Edwards at the Z and X spots respectively.
Raiders Henry Ruggs talking now, "The more you practice, the more confident you get. With all of the reps we have put in, we are confident."
— Hondo Carpenter (@HondoCarpenter) September 11, 2021
Ruggs said in August that he’s more at ease with the playbook after a hectic rookie year with no offseason. The game is moving slower for him, with a renewed mindset and an added 13 pounds of muscle.
Baltimore’s secondary took a hit on Thursday when Marcus Peters’ season ended because of a torn ACL. So that will push Anthony Averett into the spotlight and maybe cause a bit of chaos when it comes to the Ravens’ coverages.
ESPN pegged Ruggs as a breakout candidate in 2021. If they’re right, it starts Week 1.
- The Pick: Henry Ruggs III OVER 2.5 receptions (-114); 1 Unit
Ravens vs Raiders Scoring Props
|Player||Odds to Score First TD||Odds to Score a TD|
|Lamar Jackson, BAL||+550||-155|
|Kenyan Drake, LVR||+700||-120|
|Josh Jacobs, LVR||+700||-120|
|Darren Waller, LVR||+750||+110|
|Mark Andrews, BAL||+850||+110|
|Ty’Son Williams, BAL||+950||+145|
|Marquise Brown, BAL||+1000||+155|
|Sammy Watkins, BAL||+1200||+195|
|Henry Ruggs III, LVR||+1500||+250|
|Bryan Edwards, LVR||+1800||+290|
Odds as of September 12th at FanDuel
The Ravens scored the first TD in five of their first six games in 2020. Mark Andrews was on the receiving end of two of those.
While they leaned on the run a little more on opening scores down the stretch, Jackson was still beating teams with his arm. Although he’s always a threat for a long TD when he’s on the move, Andrews is the perfect red zone target for Jackson.
Vegas may be able to limit his damage between the 20s, but expect his presence to be felt with an early score.
All Mark Andrews does is score TDs😤
Well deserved 💰 pic.twitter.com/541GS5SHPe
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) September 6, 2021
Meanwhile, Darren Waller was a TD monster in 2020, hauling in nine scores. He’s especially dynamic in the red zone, as 10 of his 14 career touchdowns have come within 10 yards.
Oddly enough, Waller isn’t an early game target. He’s scored just once in the first quarter. But with 13 scores coming in the other three, he’ll definitely get some looks from Derek Carr on Monday night.
- The Pick: Mark Andrews to score FIRST TD (+850); 1 Unit
- The Pick: Darren Waller to score ANY TIME (+110); 1 Unit
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