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Baltimore Ravens schedule preview: The Ansah is no

The Ravens host their final NFC opponent of 2017 in Week 13

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Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions will travel to Baltimore for a Week 13 showdown.

Lions’ key additions: DT Akeem Spence, DE Cornelius Washington, RT Ricky Wagner, CB D.J. Hayden, G T.J. Lang, DT Jordan Hill, T Cyrus Kouandjio, HB Matt Asiata

Lions’ key losses: LB Jon Bostic, G Geoff Schwartz, LT Riley Reiff, G Larry Warford, DT Stefan Charles, WR Andre Roberts, S Rafael Bush

Lions’ draft picks: LB Jarrad Davis, CB Jalen Tabor, WR Kenny Golladay, DE Pat O’Connor, QB Brad Kaaya, DE Jeremiah Ledbetter, CB Jamal Agnew, TE Michael Roberts, LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin

Why they'll lose to the Ravens

The Lions won five games by three points or less and history tells us they're due for regression. A 9-7 record could've very easily been a 4-12 one. Heading into 2017 the Lions still have questions on offense at the receiver position and halfback positions. Ameer Abdullah missed majority of 2016 with an injury, which may give a boost to the Lions ground game, but can Golden Tate and Marvin Jones recreate their production? I believe the Lions will have trouble on offense against the Ravens’ disguised looks and top notch talent. Factor in that the Lions’ defense isn't the most talented unit and the Ravens are likely to win this game.

Why they'll beat the Ravens

The Lions look to boast one of the league’s top offensive lines in 2017 with the additions of T.J. Lang and former Ravens tackle Ricky Wagner. If Stafford is allowed time to sit in the pocket, he’ll be able to dissect the Ravens’ defense with receivers that excel after the catch. Another factor that could work against the Ravens is tight end Eric Ebron, who is a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses. Ebron hasn't been what the Lions had hoped for, but if he can harness his skill set and talents in 2017, then the Ravens have a few problems to worry about.

Ultimately, after two tough games against the Packers and Texans, I don't see the Ravens losing this one.


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