The Ravens hit the road to Detroit to face the winless Lions for Week 3. Following an emotional win over the Chiefs in Week 2, Baltimore must avoid a letdown performance against a team hungry for a win.
The staff of Baltimore Baltimore gives you some of their bold prediction for Sunday’s game.
I predict another strong showing for the Ravens' reshuffled offensive line as they steamroll the Lions defense for a second straight 200 plus yard day on the ground. Sammy Watkins will score his first touchdown as a Raven early on against a depleted Detroit cornerback unit, Mark Andrews will reach the end zone for the first time this season, and Tyson Williams will go for over 100 yards rushing and a TD.
One key individual matchup I can’t wait to see is Odafe Oweh going up against Penei Sewell in a battle of the top two graded rookies at their respective positions through the first two weeks of the season according to PFF. My money is on the reigning AFC Defensive Player of the Week.
I predict that Lamar Jackson will have his best performance of the season on Sunday against the Lions. Jackson will throw for two touchdowns and run for another two while accounting for over 400 total yards. Marquise “Hollywood” Brown continues his strong start to the season as he torches Detroit for over 130 receiving yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, Baltimore struggles at points without many of their starters along the defensive line. Running back D’Andre Swift has a big day, accounting for over 150 total yards on the ground and as a receiver. Quarterback Jared Goff has a solid day through the air, but a couple of untimely turnovers keep the Lions from maintaining pace with the Ravens for 60 minutes.
If this game is missing Pernell McPhee, Jaylon Ferguson, Justin Houston, Justin Madubuike, and Brandon Williams, I expect a high-scoring affair. Both the Ravens and Lions have produced strong run games and I expect both to sound off with over 150 rushing yards and multiple rushing scores. However, the Ravens will win in a contest of ‘who runs the ball better,’ as Lamar Jackson finished with over 150 rushing yards of his own while Latavius Murray buries two touchdowns from the redzone. I see the Ravens gashing the Lions for nearly 400 rushing yards as they attempt to kill the clock and get out of Detroit 2-1.
The Ravens defense is able to generate pressure by blitzing and playing man coverage against Jared Goff, who is anemic when pressured. They notch three sacks and double-digit pressures, also scoring their first defensive touchdown of the season.
Lamar Jackson keeps the Ravens offense humming, leading four touchdown drives and scoring three times combined. Marquise Brown extends his streak of touchdowns to nine consecutive games, calling God.