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PFL Playoffs best bet breakdown. 

The PFL 7: 2022 Playoffs are going down on Friday, with fighters competing for a chance at the $1 million tournament prize. The main event features a rematch between former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and Stevie Ray.

Fortunately for fans, the fighters aren’t the only ones with a chance to make some serious money off of these fights, as there are some great bets to be made on this card.

Specifically, the bout between Omari Akhmedov (23-7-1) and Josh Silveira (9-0) features the best betting spot on the card.

With 31 career fights to his name, including 15 under the UFC banner, Omari Akhmedov (23-7-1) is a true veteran of the sport. After suffering a knockout loss in his PFL debut, Akhmedov has bounced back strong with two straight finishes this season, knocking out Viktor Pešta and submitting Teodoras Aukštuolis. Akhmedov has leaned on a grapple-heavy approach throughout the majority of his career. While he is not afraid to mix it up on the feet, his pace is not overwhelming, and he tends to grind his opponents down slowly while dominating the control time.

Josh Silveira (9-0) is an undefeated fighter looking to establish himself as one of the top light-heavyweight fighters on the planet. Silveira is the son of American Top Team co-founder Conan Silveira. Out of his nine wins, six have come by way of a first-round finish.  Silveira’s Arizona State wrestling background serves as the foundation of his constant pressure and takedown-heavy approach.

And perhaps a more interesting angle to this bout is the friendship between these two, who train together at ATT and even laughed and hugged in their face-off on Thursday night. With friendship in the mix, it could change both fighters routines completely.

The best bet for PFL 7: 2022 Playoffs is over 1.5 rounds (-180) in the Omari Akhmedov vs Josh Silveira fight

On paper, Akhmedov has all the experience and skill needed to pull off a win against a relatively inexperienced fighter. Akhmedov has also faced a much higher level of competition than Silveira. Akhmedov is a talented grappler who rarely finds himself being dominated on the ground.

However, one can’t help but think of his fight with Chris Weidman, a fight that Weidman ultimately won due to his dominant grappling in the third round. Like Weidman, Silveira also possesses a strong Division 1 wrestling pedigree that has translated successfully to MMA.

For those looking to back Akhmedov on the moneyline, his struggles against fighters with good takedown defense, as well as his questionable gas tank, should give you cause for concern.  In fights against Weidman and Brad Tavares, Akhmedov fatigued in the third round of each bout, ultimately costing him the fight.  If Akhmedov can’t get his grappling going, we could see another case of Akhmedov gassing out.

Akhmedov has proven to be an extremely durable fighter, and while his most recent loss did come by knockout, the knockout came in the third round of a fight that he was comfortably winning up until that point. In fact, out of his last 18 fights, 13 have gone past 1.5 rounds, with nine going to decision.

While Silveira has stopped many of his opponents early, Akhmedov has proven that he is extremely difficult to finish early in fights. Given the experience and durability of Akhmedov, along with the wrestling pedigree and vast flashes of potential from Silveira, betting on the moneyline for this fight is a big pass. If you could only take one bet on this card, it would be Akhmedov vs. Silveira fight to go over 1.5 rounds (-180 odds).

Next: PFL Playoffs: Rob Wilkinson says fight with Delan Monte is ‘unreal’ PFL Playoffs: Anthony Pettis vs. Stevie Ray takes place on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022, live from Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. Follow along with FanSided MMA who is on-site for all your news and highlights.

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Ravens Rule Out 2 Recently Activated Starters for Week 13

Getty Ravens DB Marcus Williams celebrates an interception in a regular season game on September 18, 2022.

The Baltimore Ravens got a pair of positive developments on the injury front over the past two weeks that will provide major boosts for the team on both sides of the ball with the return of starting running back J.K. Dobbins and starting free safety Marcus Williams to the practice field.

Both players were designated to return from injured reserve within a week of each other after being out since October but fans will have to wait at least another week to see one or both of them. Head coach John Harbaugh told reporters that are both a “no-go” for the team’s Week 13 AFC matchup with the visiting Denver Broncos.

Coach Harbaugh says Marcus Williams and J.K. Dobbins will not play this weekend.

— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 2, 2022

He described this week of practice as “kind of a ramp week” for both players and liked what he saw from Dobbins especially since he recovered from his arthroscopic knee surgery to remove scar tissue and improve range of motion.

“He looked good, and I’m looking forward to seeing him next week,” Harbaugh said. “I think next week we’ll be having a conversation with both those guys in terms of whether they can play or not.”

Williams has been out the longest between the two of them since suffering a dislocated wrist in the team’s Week 5 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Dobbins had his surgically repaired knee stemming from a torn ACL he suffered last year “tighten up” the following Week in the Ravens’ loss to the New York Giants and he went on injured reserve after electing to undergo the clean-up procedure.

While the Ravens haven’t consistently struggled to run the ball or cover in the secondary in their absence outside of the last week’s disastrous fourth quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team has missed the playmaking element that both players provide to their respective side of the ball.

Dobbins is the most well-rounded and dynamic running back on the Ravens’ roster when healthy. He can run with power, break tackles, get to the edge, possess great contact balance, can be elusive in space, and is a weapon out of the backfield. Gus Edwards will start until he’s ready to roll and veteran Kenyan Drake can provide a spark as a change-of-pace slasher when given more than two carries and one target a game.

Prior to his untimely injury, Williams recorded three interceptions in the team’s first five games and is still tied for the team lead in that statistical category as well as pass deflections with five. Even though third-year pro Geno Stone has performed more than admirably in his stead, the Ravens miss their ball-hawking centerfielder in the defensive backfield that consistently makes plays on the ball and eliminates tight throwing windows that accurate quarterbacks can find and hit with perfect placement.

The Ravens have only ruled out one play on the final injury report in second-year wide receiver Tylan Wallace who will sit out with a hamstring that caused him to miss practice all week. Their four players listed as questionable to play are All-Pro cornerback Marlon Humphrey, stud rookie defensive back Kyle Hamilton, All-Pro left tackle Ronnie Stanley, and reserve linebacker Del’Shawn Phillips.

Top 3 Ravens Storylines for Week 13 vs. Broncos

Will the defense bounce back and play a complete game?

After yielding just 16 points in their previous two games, the Ravens defense allowed 18 in the fourth quarter alone against the Jaguars in Week 12 that included a pair of long matriculating drives that consisted of 13-plus more plays, covered 75-play yards and ended in touchdowns. The unit was playing lights out on that side of the ball for the first three-quarters of the game outside of one drive where Jacksonville got the ball at midfield. They’ll be looking to rebound and will be primed to do so against a woefully underwhelming Broncos offense that struggles to consistently move the ball on the ground as well as through the air and has failed to score more than 23 points in a game this season.

Will the offense continue to struggle in the red zone?

While the Ravens’ offense has been efficient in marching the ball up and down the field between the 20s, they’ve had a hard time finishing drives in the end zone for touchdowns as of late and have had to settle for short field goals more often than not.  They’ve scored five touchdowns to seven field goals in their last three games since going 3-of-6 on their red zone trips in Week 8 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Their inability to maximize their scoring opportunities deep in opposing territory gave the Jaguars confidence and left the door open for them to come back last week.

Improving in that area of the game was an emphasis for the team in practice this week and starting quarterback Lamar Jackson feels “pretty good” about the progress they made and thinks their adjustments are “great, actually” can’t wait to apply them in live-action when it counts.

“We’re going to have to see when the game starts,” Jackson said in a press conference on December 3. “Anything can look good in practice, but when everyone is flying around and people are trying to get after it, some things might not look good. So, we’re going to have to see,” Jackson said.

Will offensive plays get called and snapped faster?

Another struggle for the offense that was a debilitating issue last week was how long it took for the Ravens to get the plays in, communicated, and ran before the play clock. While offensive coordinator Greg Roman said that the team experienced technical difficulties that led to communication problems in Week 12, the unit getting to the line and getting the ball snapped just before or as the final seconds ticked off the play clock is an issue that has spanned multiple seasons. If they want to avoid unnecessarily burning timeouts and avoid delay of game penalties that can disrupt the flow of a promising drive, they’ll need to make sure plays are being clearly communicated and snapped in a timely fashion whether the headsets are malfunctioning or not.

Key Ravens Matchups for Week 13 vs. Broncos

Ravens Pass Rush v Broncos O-Line 

This game will feature one of the most productive pass-rushing units in the league going up against one of its poorest pass-protecting units. Baltimore has recorded the fourth most sacks (35) of any defense through 11 games while Denver has allowed the fourth most sacks (36) according to Pro Football Reference. The Ravens have recorded three or more sacks in seven straight games which is the longest active streak in the NFL and the likelihood of them extending it to eight in a row is very high.

Gettin' to QBs ????

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— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 2, 2022

Two players to keep an eye on in their front seven are veteran defensive end Calais Campbell is only one sack away from reaching the century mark for his career and second-year pro Odafe Oweh who only has one sack on the year which came in Week 4. In addition to having a potent pass rush, the Ravens are extremely stout against the run as well. According to Pro Football Reference, they have allowed the second-fewest rushing yards (902), yards per attempt (3.9), and rushing first downs (56).

Ravens Secondary v Russell Wilson

Baltimore’s defensive backfield was the main culprits in their Week 12 fourth-quarter collapse in the eyes of former Ravens’ quarterback Robert Griffin III after they allowed 2021 No. 1 overall pick, Trevor Lawrence, to carve them up to the tune of 321 passing yards, three touchdowns, and a career-high passer rating of 129.8. After allowing Lawrence and the lowly Jaguars to get back on track last week, their secondary will be determined not to let the same happen against a reeling Broncos team led by a struggling Russell Wilson who is responsible for one of the most inept passing attacks in the league.

The Broncos pass catchers are coming into this game hobbled and ailing. Leading receiver Courtland Sutton is dealing with an illness, Jerry Jeudy missed two days of practice with an ankle injury that has sidelined him for the past two weeks, and KJ Hamler has already been ruled out with an injured hamstring. Two Ravens defensive backs that will be looking to bounce back after giving up key conversions and scores last week are All-Pro cornerback Marcus Peters and second-year pro Brandon Stephens.

Ravens Pass Catchers v Broncos Secondary

After committing several bad drops that stalled drives and cost the team points, the Ravens’ wide receivers, tight ends, and running backs will be looking to atone for a lackluster performance against a banged-up Broncos that will be without starting free safety K’Waun Williams who was downgraded to out on Saturday. They still have standout second-year pro Patrick Surtain II but with no true No. 1, there’s no telling who he will follow.

It’ll be interesting to see how the reps and target share play out at tight end particularly with the return of rookie Isaiah Likely after missing last week’s game with an ankle injury that opened the for Josh Oliver to his best game as a pro. After making the most of his last standard elevation from the practice squad, veteran wide receiver DeSean Jackson will likely get signed to the active 53-man roster and hopefully continue to provide the Ravens’ offense with a consistent and dangerous vertical threat.

Lamar Jackson v Broncos Defense

While Wilson and the Denver offense has been dreadful for most of the season, their defense has been one of the more impressive units in the league this year even after trading away former top 10 pick Bradley Chubb to the Miami Dolphins at the midseason trade deadline. They’ve been able to keep the Broncos in games that would’ve otherwise gotten out of hand yet they have wilted at times late in games because their offense can’t stay on the field.

Jackson hasn’t had a game where he’s totaled more than two combined touchdowns since he scored four in back-to-back games in Weeks 2 and 3. Even if he gets off to a bit of a slow start early on, this could be the week he returns to MVP form against another lesser opponent.

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