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NFL Expert Pick – Baltimore Ravens Visit Atlanta Falcons

Posted by Marcello Messina on 11/11/2010 12:10:58 PM

Two of the NFL’s most powerful offenses square up in this Thursday's North Bet NFL expert pick matchup.

(6-2) Baltimore Ravens at (6-2) Atlanta Falcons
Live from Georgia Dome - GA
Kickoff: 8:20 PM EST Thursday, November 11, 2010
Broadcast: NFL

NorthBet NFL Expert Pick
Baltimore Ravens +1
Atlanta Falcons -1
Total 43

The Falcons and Ravens are both coming off back-to-back NFL expert pick victories thanks to their highly talented offenses.

In their last two games combined, Baltimore put up 63 points, while Atlanta posted 66 total points.

Baltimore’s offense, led by 25-year-old quarterback Joe Flacco, has been consistently putting points on the board since Week 3. The Ravens haven’t scored under 17 points, averaging 25.83 points per game in their past six NFL expert pick weeks, going an impressive 5-1.

The Ravens’ offensive attack is one of the most balanced in the league, with a full arsenal of aerial and ground weapons.

Joe Flacco is on his way to a career year, throwing to the most talented wide receiver group he has ever had. Admittedly, having eight guy in the box to try and stop running back Ray Rice helps.

Flacco has recently proven that he can make smart decisions on a consistent basis by throwing only 1 interception in his past 6 NFL expert pick games.

He now faces Atlanta, one of the NFL’s most forgiving pass defenses with the Falcons ranking 26th against the pass - surrendering over 250 yards through the air per game.

Atlanta’s offense, meanwhile, hasn’t had great success against particularly stout defenses.

The Falcons only scored 9 points in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, they were limited to 16 points by the San Francisco 49ers, and 17 against the Philadelphia Eagles. All three defenses rank in the top half of the NFL in pass defense.

Expect Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan to deteriorate against Baltimore top-10 pass defense this NFL expert pick Thursday.

Marcelo’s Prediction: Baltimore Ravens: 27, Atlanta Falcons: 17

NFL Expert Pick: Baltimore Ravens (+1)

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