The bookend on Week 9 of the NFL season is Ravens-Saints in New Orleans. Both teams are coming off of victories and Baltimore heads into the Caesars Superdome as a 2.5-point favorite.
There are injured stars for both offenses that will miss this game, like Mark Andrews for the Ravens and Michael Thomas for the Saints. Still, the point total is 47.5 so there should still be quite a few points to go around in the Big Easy.
Here are three prop bets I like in this game.
Alvin Kamara Over 60.5 Rushing Yards (-125)
Kamara has hit this figure in four of six games so far this season and he averages 68.8 yards on the ground per game. There is the matter of Baltimore's tough run defense, which yields just 97.5 yards per game, the fifth-fewest average in football. But with Mark Ingram out, Kamara has a complete monopoly on the carries in the Saints' offense. He sees more than 15 carries per game and his efficiency is up to 4.3 yards per rush. With that many opportunities and him running the ball so well, this is a small ask. Baltimore shut down the Buccaneers' ground game a week ago but Tampa Bay has been one of the worst rushing offenses through eight weeks and the Saints are more committed to running the rock than most teams.
Lamar Jackson Over 1.5 Passing Touchdowns (+100)
This is a bit of a zag considering Mark Andrews and Rashod Bateman, Jackson’s two top targets, are out. But the plus odds sold me. Jackson had his first game with two scores through the air since Week 2 last time out against the Bucs and that was with Andrews exiting the contest early and Bateman out entirely. He’ll have to connect with Devin Duvernay, rookie tight end Isaiah Likely, or maybe find veteran DeSean Jackson for a deep shot to make this happen. And Baltimore’s willingness and success running the ball around the goal line presents an obvious threat, but I like Jackson to toss a pair of scores on the road against New Orleans.
Chris Olave Over 0.5 Receiving Touchdowns (+205)
It’s been a few weeks since the rookie took a trip to the end zone, but a game against Baltimore, which gives up the fifth-most passing yards in the NFL, could be what he needs to secure his third touchdown of the season. Michael Thomas is out, Jarvis Landry might not go — Olave is the clear lead receiver for Andy Dalton. He’s been lightly targeted in the red zone so far, but he’s made plenty of big plays outside of the 20-yard line and could get behind the Ravens' secondary for a score to cash in on these long odds.