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Ravens vs. Saints MNF Staff Picks: Baltimore needs win to stay atop AFC North

Can Saints play spoiler to a banged-up Ravens team?

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The week nine slate comes to an end tonight with a contest between the Ravens and the Saints.

Baltimore sits atop of the AFC North and a win tonight would keep them ahead of the Bengals by a game. The Saints, on the other hand, are having an unusually lackluster season by their own high standards. At 3-5, they’re third in the NFC South behind both the Buccaneers and the Falcons, each of whom are sitting at 4-5.

Despite the difference in record, the Ravens are only two-point favorites on the road in New Orleans with the over/under set at 46.

The Ravens will be without their top running backs in J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards. As for the Saints, they’ll be without veteran receiver Jarvis Landry.

I have the Ravens winning tonight as I just cannot put a ton of belief into this Saints team being quarterbacked by Andy Dalton. I also believe firmly that the addition of Roquan Smith will play a big role in tonight’s game.

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