The staff of Baltimore Beatdown gives their bold predictions for the game.
The well-rested Ravens will continue their trend of post-bye week dominance with a show of force victory over the reeling and banged up Minnesota Vikings. The big three on offense (Lamar, Hollywood, and Andrews) will have big days through the air and the ground game outside of Jackson will get back on track, especially with former Raven Michael Pierce out for this matchup. Even though this isn’t a primetime game, defensive coordinator Don ‘Wink’ Martindale and the crew will have Kirk Cousins playing like his usual underwhelming primetime form. The Ravens will bottle up Dalvin Cook and get enough consistent pressure to limit the impact of both Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson. Anthony Averett will get targeted early and often and will step up to the plate again and notch his third interception of the season.
A game after struggling against Ja’Marr Chase, Marlon Humphrey bounces back against another young star wideout and Chase’s former LSU teammate — Justin Jefferson. Humphrey blankets Jefferson for most of the game and records multiple pass deflections/breakups. Lamar Jackson throws multiple touchdown passes for the second time this season and Rashod Bateman is the recipient of one of them. Jackson rushes for more yards than Dalvin Cook, also, to cap off a strong performance out of the bye week.
The Vikings' struggling cornerbacks fail to contain a rested Marquise Brown who goes over 100 yards for the third time this season. Lamar Jackson totals over 350 yards and three scores while the Ravens defense plays a consistent game and holds the Vikings to less than 30% on third down. Justin Houston notches his 100th career sack.
Baltimore’s defense rebounds following an abysmal performance against Cincinnati by shutting down Minnesota’s offense. Marlon Humphrey returns to his usual form by taking Justin Jefferson out of the game. Odafe Oweh forces another fumble on a sack, strengthening his position in the race for Defensive Rookie of the Year. Marquise “Hollywood” Brown scores yet another deep touchdown and finishes with his most yardage in a game this season.