The Ravens host the Seattle Seahawks this week, coming off a tough defeat at the hands of the Miami Dolphins. In what was originally touted as a matchup of contenders, this game now looks to beat a disappointing matchup between underachieving, and in the Ravens case, banged-up teams.
The Ravens are currently pretty far outside the playoff picture at 4-8, although their actual performance has been more like that of a .500 team, losing those 7 games by 8 points or less. The Seahawks, thought to be a contender to make their third consecutive Super Bowl, have also been underwhelming, although not to the same extreme. Seattle currently is battling for one of the NFC Wild Card slots, with the Arizona Cardinals looking to have a pretty firm hold on the division.
The match-up is a home game for the Ravens, which causes the spread to be only Seattle by 5. On a neutral field the Seahawks would be considered 8 point favorites, a pretty big advantage. These Ravens have managed to keep all their opponents close this season, and this week is likely no different, although the Seahawks offense has taken flight recently, scoring 29 points or more in each of the past 4 weeks.
The 5 point spread is currently one of the largest of the week. The San Diego Chargers vs Kansas City Chiefs have a bigger differential at 7.5 points, making them the biggest spread of the week currently. With the Ravens having kept all of their games close, the big spread might be tempting for fans to latch onto.