Ravens @ Saints: Baltimore running back Forsett all set to score

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The perplexing nature of the NFL means that the Baltimore Ravens’ trip to face the New Orleans Saints pits a leader in the National Football Conference’s South against a bottom feeder from the AFC’s North division.

The quirk comes in the fact that the Saints sit on top of their mini league having lost over half of their games this season, while the Ravens bring up the rear in their table despite owning a 6-4 record.

The current standings mean that, if the regular season ended today, the Saints would be heading to the postseason while the Ravens would be forced to watch it on the box.

Despite their polar opposite fortunes, it’s the hosts who are favoured to get the win at the Mercedez-Benz Superdome, with Ladbrokes making New Orleans a 4/6 chance in the face of Baltimore’s 5/4 price.

It’s the Ravens running back, Justin Forsett, who perhaps holds the most enticing price though at 10/11 to score a touchdown at anytime.

Having returned to form two weeks ago with a pair of scores, his fourth and fifth of the season and first for four games, Forsett faces a leaky New Orleans run defence with the added bonus of refuelling following a bye last time out.

The 10 rushing touchdowns the Saints have shipped this term ranks them in a tie for 23rd in the 32-team league, while their 4.3 rushing yards allowed per attempt should play into Forsett’s hands considering his gains of 5.4 yards per rush lead the league.

Forsett is 4/1 to be the first Raven to score a touchdown in New Orleans and 9/1 to be the first into the endzone from either side.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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