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Bold Predictions: Ravens vs. Saints

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In a battle between heralded defense and celebrated offense, the Ravens host the Saints for one of their hardest matchups of the year. Will Baltimore spoil New Orleans’ winning streak or will the Ravens be overwhelmed by their fire power? The Baltimore Beatdown staff outlines some bold predictions for Week 7.

Sage’s predictions:

  • The Ravens will allow a second-half touchdown.

Coming off a shutout victory over the Tennessee Titans, the Ravens face a far superior offense this week. Through five games, Drew Brees has a 122.3 passer rating, 11 touchdowns and an impressive zero interceptions. Even if Baltimore can contain one of the best statistical quarterbacks in the history of the game, running back Alvin Kamara has the ability to get hot and Mark Ingram has proven to be able to pick up the slack when Kamara struggles.

  • John Brown will reach the end zone.

Brown had his worst statistical game of 2018 against Tennessee, catching just two passes for 28 yards. His targets went from 14 in Week 5 against the Browns to only 3. His early success hauling in deep balls for Joe Flacco has forced opponents to more heavily game plan for the receiver. With Michael Crabtree re-establishing himself last week, Brown should be able to break out once again.

Vasilis’ predictions:

  • Drew Brees will not record the 500th passing touchdown of his career.

The Ravens six passing touchdowns allowed this year are the second fewest in the NFL, and none have come in Baltimore. And Brees has yet to toss a touchdown in an outdoor stadium this season.

  • Lamar Jackson will throw a pass to Joe Flacco.

The Ravens have been setting up a trick play throughout their first six games. Expect a lateral behind the line of scrimmage, and for Flacco to find John Brown deep downfield for a long gain.

Kyle A.’s predictions:

  • Joe Flacco will throw for 300+ yards.

Much has been made of the Saints top-ranked rush defense; but on the flip side, they carry the 30th ranked passing defense in terms of yards. They’ve also given up 11 touchdown passes on the year, ranking 26th. It would not come as much of a surprise to see the number 10 passer in the NFL throw for over 300 yards, especially considering he is averaging 298 yards per game.

  • Alvin Kamara will gain 100 yards through the air.

Baltimore’s defense has been pretty strong in both the running game and the passing game for the most part this season. However, there comes a point in time where certain matchups cause havoc for Baltimore’s linebackers.

First, it was Cincinnati’s tight ends. Now, Kamara provides that challenge. The 23-year-old running back averages 70.2 yards per game in receiving. It would be tough to predict that the Ravens linebackers could keep up with his burst and quickness in the passing game.