Baltimore Ravens: 3 bold predictions for the offense against Seattle
Although it was far from pretty, the Baltimore Ravens were able to get back on track with consecutive wins to secure the top spot in the AFC North. They will certainly have their work cut out trying to get a winning streak going as they get set to hit the road to face the Seattle Seahawks.
This showdown between the Ravens and Seahawks is easily one of the most intriguing matchups in Week 7 of the 2019 NFL season. Not only will safety Earl Thomas be making his return to CenturyLink Field for the first time, but fans will also be treated to a duel between MVP-caliber quarterbacks in Lamar Jackson and Russell Wilson.
With Seattle largely viewed as the favorite to win, this is a golden opportunity for Baltimore to make a statement. It is safe to say that they will need to find a way to score early and often.
Here are three bold predictions for the Ravens offense in Week 7.
1. Lamar Jackson Will Be The Game’s Leading Rusher
Despite the run-heavy nature of both offenses, this matchup has all the makings of a high-scoring affair. Jackson will need to do his part to ensure that the offense can keep up with Wilson’s efficient attack.
Fortunately, there is a good reason to be optimistic given how vulnerable the Seahawks’ defense has been against mobile quarterbacks this season after allowing rushing touchdowns to both Baker Mayfield And Kyler Murray. It is safe to say that they pale in comparison to the type of dual-threat Jackson is.
He gashed the Cincinnati Bengals for 152 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries in Week 6. It would come as no surprise if Jackson ends up with more rushing yards than running back Chris Carson, who is the league’s fifth-leading rusher.
2. Justice Hill Will Emerge As Top Weapon In Backfield
The Ravens boast the best rushing attack in the league by far with 205 yards per game and it is thanks to the fact that they have no shortage of firepower in the backfield. Regardless, this could be the week that running back Justice Hill establishes an integral role for himself.
Aside from Jackson, Hill was easily their most efficient rusher during the win over the Bengals by averaging 6.2 yards per carry. The rookie will need to make the most of his limited opportunities against a Seahawks defense that is giving up 4.7 yards per carry this season.
3. The Raven’s Offensive Line Will Not Allow A Sack
Baltimore’s offensive line has struggled to protect Jackson ever since he took over under center as a rookie. Their issues seemingly took a turn for the worst when they allowed him to be sacked a career-high five times by the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 5, however, they were able to turn things around against Cincinnati by only allowing one sack.
They are now squaring off against a Seattle pass rush that has mustered up just 10 sacks this season, which is good for 26th in the NFL. Their lackluster pressure and Jackson’s athleticism should help keep him relatively clean for another week.