The Baltimore Ravens enter Week 12 as the NFL’s hottest team. A win over the Los Angeles Rams on “Monday Night Football” would extend their winning streak to seven games.

Baltimore appears headed for a first-round bye in the playoffs. Los Angeles remains in the postseason hunt, but the odds are against the Rams sneaking into a competitive NFC playoff picture.

That’s why the Ravens find themselves favored on the road against the defending NFC champs. The point spread is a field goal, according to the latest betting line at OddsShark. Monday’s total is 46.5.

Los Angeles is coming off a victory over the Chicago Bears. The Rams won 17-7 in unimpressive fashion, eking out a win against a team that won’t come close to making the playoffs.

What’s made Baltimore’s run so impressive is the way they’ve looked against elite competition. The Ravens blew out the Houston Texans 41-7 in Week 11, giving them a third win over a playoff team in a little over a month.

The New England Patriots suffered their only loss of 2019 when they lost in Baltimore 37-20. The Ravens went on the road to defeat another Super Bowl contender, beating the Seattle Seahawks 30-16.

Lamar Jackson’s MVP candidacy isn’t simply based on the monster numbers he’s putting up, though that’s obviously a big part of it. He continues to outplay the league’s top quarterbacks in head-to-head matchups.

Jackson outdueled Russell Wilson, who is Jackson’s chief competition in the MVP race. Jackson was better than Tom Brady in Week 9. The matchup between Jackson and Deshaun Watson wasn’t close.

It’s a very safe bet that Jackson will be the best quarterback on the field Monday night.

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Quarterback Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens is tackled as he carries the ball by cornerback Mike Hilton #28 of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Jared Goff continues to struggle after two Pro Bowl seasons. He’s 27th in passer rating and 29th in completion percentage. A poor offensive line hasn’t helped, but the unit played better against the Bears in Week 11 and Goff was still limited to 11-18 for 173 yards and an interception.

Since trading for Marcus Peters and getting healthier, Baltimore’s defense is much improved. The Ravens have given up an average of 16 points and no more than 23 points in any contest during their winning streak.

The Rams’ offense has been responsible for 20 points in the last two games. The team was held to seven points when the San Francisco 49ers visited Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum a few weeks ago and completely dominated the Rams.

Baltimore should have its way with Los Angeles, ending any hope the Rams might’ve had of coming back in the NFC West.

Prediction: Baltimore over Los Angeles, 27-17