The Seattle Seahawks will welcome the Baltimore Ravens to town in Week 7 in a must-watch game between Lamar Jackson and Russell Wilson. There’s no doubt that the Seahawks defense will have their hands full with trying to contain Jackson on Sunday.
The Seahawks come into this game with a 5-1 record, which is good enough for second place in the NFC West. As good as Wilson and the offense has been the defense is currently the 20th ranked group in the NFL.
The decision to acquire Jadeveon Clowney has paid dividends but he isn’t able to play all 11 positions on defense. Luckily for Seattle, they will be getting Jarran Reed back after he served a six-game suspension to begin the season.
With that being said, here are three bold predictions for the Seahawks defense against Baltimore in Week 7.
3. Seahawks will sack Jackson six times
When facing the Ravens offense, it is vital to apply pressure on Jackson in the pocket. If you’re unable to make him uncomfortable, the second-year quarterback has shown that he can now pick apart defenses with his arm.
The Seahawks have a talented front seven on the defensive side of the ball that is capable of rushing the passer. Yes, Seattle only has 10 sacks (27th in the NFL) this season but they have the personnel to get sacks in bunches.
With the return of Reed alongside Clowney, the Seahawks will bring Jackson to the ground in the backfield six times. Through six weeks, the Ravens quarterback has been sacked 16 times; with five of them coming in one game.
2. Seahawks will force four turnovers on Jackson
There haven’t been many defenses who have had an answer for Jackson to begin the season. Fortunately for Seattle, they will be playing in front of their home crowd and it will be egregiously loud on Sunday.
As a result, there is going to be some added pressure for the young quarterback as he plays in a hostile environment. Aside from his improvements as a passer, Jackson has also shown some signs of making better decisions.
This season, the mobile quarterback has thrown five interceptions and has fumbled it just twice. Of course, fumbling was an issue for the Louisville product in 2018. Even with his improved decision making, the Seahawks defense will force four turnovers on Jackson this Sunday.
1. Seahawks will hold Ravens to under 125 rushing yards
With Jackson being a threat with his legs, the Ravens offense is centered around their dominant rushing attack. Currently, Baltimore has the No. 1 ranked rushing offense in the NFL (205 yards per game).
Jackson and Mark Ingram are a dynamic duo on the ground that has helped the Ravens post at least 138 rushing yards in every game this season. Furthermore, they’ve had three games of having 200 or more yards rushing.
However, the strength of this Seattle defense is stopping the run. The Seahawks defense has surrendered 92.8 yards per game (11th in the NFL).
In light of that, the Seahawks will do the impossible and hold the Ravens to under 135 yards rushing in Week 7.