The Baltimore Ravens are currently perched at the top of the AFC North. However, the 8-5 team doesn't have a very big lead — at all. In fact, the Browns and Bengals are only one win behind the Ravens at 7-6, while the Steelers are 6-6-1. The Ravens' Week 15 matchup against the Packers is a must win in order to maintain their spot above the rest of the division. Will they overcome the dominated Green Bay Packers? Let's break down my boldest predictions for the Week 15 game in Baltimore.
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Ravens Week 15 Predictions
4. Lamar Jackson suits up
A bold prediction to start off with, I know. He didn't participate in practice on Wednesday or Thursday because of his ankle sprain. So what makes me think he's going to start on Sunday?
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It's simple. As I mentioned earlier, the Ravens are hanging on tight to their small lead in the AFC North. If they have any chance at beating this Packers team, they need Jackson on the field Sunday. As of Thursday night, Jackson is listed as questionable. But if he is able to be out there, I don't think head coach John Harbaugh is going to play it safe. There is too much at stake this late in the season for a quarterback to sit out, especially in this situation.
3. It's going to be a close game
Since I expect to see Jackson on the field Sunday afternoon, this should be a close game. When you think about it, Green Bay's quarterback isn't in the best shape of his life, either. Aaron Rodgers continues to deal with a toe injury he suffered during his COVID-19 quarantine back in Week 9.
Both teams have their fair share of injuries and COVID cases, forcing me to believe that this is a pretty even matchup. That being said, this is a must-watch game. Both quarterbacks are extremely talented (injured or not), so it should be pretty entertaining.
2. Kenny Clark will suit up
I know the Packers' nose tackle was just placed on their COVID-19 list Thursday afternoon, but hear me out. According to Packers News, the defenseman has done all of his press conferences in public and without a face covering. This makes it easy to assume that Clark is vaccinated.
If he is vaccinated, Clark could rejoin his team before completing a ten day quarantine. This is thanks to the latest COVID-19 protocol adjustments made by the NFL, which were announced Thursday afternoon and became effective immediately. In the statement from the league, there were three ways that vaccinated players could return to their teams after testing positive.
1. The Ravens lose the game and their division lead
Ultimately, I think the Packers take this one home. They have proven to be a dominating football team time and time again. While the Ravens have certainly had their moments, especially early in the season, they lack the recent consistency that the Packers have held onto.
The Ravens will lose this one, giving their AFC North opponents an opportunity to even out the top of the division. And finally, my boldest prediction yet: Packers win 24-17.