Ravens lose RB Mitchell to torn ACL in win at Jacksonville

Ravens lose RB Mitchell to torn ACL in win at Jacksonville

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler is reporting that Baltimore rookie running back Keaton Mitchell sustained a “full tear of his ACL” in Sunday night’s 23-7 win at Jacksonville.

The Ravens, who improved to 11-3 straight up and 9-5 against the spread in the win as 3.5-point road favorites, became the AFC’s first team to clinch a playoff berth.

But the loss of Mitchell to a season-ending injury is a costly blow, especially after losing J.K. Dobbins to an Achilles tear back in September. The East Carolina product had 73 rushing yards on only nine attempts and also had two catches for 15 yards against the Jaguars, who have lost three in a row and fell to 8-6 both SU and ATS.

For the season, Mitchell has 396 rushing yards, two touchdowns and an 8.4 yards-per-carry average in eight games and two starts. He also has nine receptions for 93 yards.

Mitchell didn’t get his first career NFL carry until a 37-3 home win over Seattle on Nov. 5, but he’s become a pivotal part of the offense in Baltimore’s last six games. He enjoyed a breakout performance against the Seahawks, rushing for 138 yards and one TD on just nine attempts.

Mitchell only got four touches in a 33-31 home loss to Cleveland a week after the Ravens beat Seattle, but he turned his three carries into 34 rushing yards and one TD. He also had a 32-yard reception.

Baltimore still has RB Gus Edwards, who has started seven of 14 games and has 663 rushing yards, 11 TDs and a 4.1 YPC average. Edwards also has 11 catches for 141 yards.

John Harbaugh’s team will take a four-game winning streak into next week’s showdown at San Francisco on Monday Night Football. As of Monday afternoon, the Ravens were 5.5-point road underdogs against the 49ers, and the total was 46 points. Baltimore was +195 on the money line.

The Ravens, who are 8-1 SU and 5-3 ATS in their last nine games, have the second-shortest odds (+550) to win Super Bowl LVIII. San Francisco is the +240 ‘chalk,’ while Kansas City and Philadelphia share the next-shortest odds at +700.