The Ravens look to bounce back in Washington against the Football Team (lol) after their disappointing showing against the Chiefs on Monday Night Football.
RSR staff give our predictions here…
The (2-1) Ravens head 40 miles south to take on the (1-2) Washington Football Team. Baltimore is listed as a 13-point road favorite with an over/under total of 45.5. Washington features the league’s 30th ranked offense and the 6th-rated defense that fields an impressive front four, albeit this time around minus the 2020 NFL Draft’s No. 2 overall pick, Chase Young (groin).
The team formerly known as the Redskins has the 28th overall (20.7 PPG) scoring offense while the Ravens (30.3) are tied for 3rd. Perhaps the most interesting game within the game pits WFT’s 6th-ranked pass defense against the Ravens bottom-feeding passing offense. And when contrasting the Ravens aerial attack against that of the Chiefs during what was supposed to be the Week 3’s most riveting matchup, Greg Roman’s offensive designed played out like an old-fashioned electric football game.
It’s crazy how much opinion can be swayed after one early season egg dropping, right?
So how will Sunday’s ho-hum contest play out?
• Lamar Jackson will get back on track and post an efficient game passing marked by a 120+ passer rating to go with 75+ yards on the ground and his first rushing TD of the season.
• The Ravens will run 72 plays, 40 of which will be runs. Look for another bicentennial on the ground to go with 3 rushing TDs. J.K. Dobbins puts on a show that will scream for him to be the team’s featured back moving forward.
• Devin Duvernay posts 3 catches, one that will feature 30+ yards of YAC that ends atop pay dirt.
• Turnovers will be the story of the game. The Ravens will walk off the field +3 in that category. Tyus Bowser who will get 2 sacks, one of the strip variety; the $98M man will get a Fruit Punch forced fumble; Marcus Peters atones for a lackluster performance on Monday Night with a pick-six after he baits the unsuspecting Dwayne Haskins, Jr.
Baltimore gets back on track in a romp.
Ravens 40 Washington 13
The Ravens take out their frustrations on Washington this week. As we’ve seen around these parts before, after a game in which they abandon the run (and hear about it loudly from fans and media), the rushing attack gets back on track the following week. Mark Ingram (70 yards), J.K. Dobbins (55), Gus Edwards (45), and Lamar Jackson (35) combine for over 200 yards rushing and three scores on the ground. Jackson throws for two more (Andrews & Duvernay).
Wink Martindale’s defense, after having their feelings hurt by Patrick Mahomes, feels like they just switched to “Easy” mode facing Dwayne Haskins instead. Four sacks, two forced fumbles, and two interceptions.
Ravens 42 Football Team 9
September 14, 2003.
That’s the date the Baltimore Ravens set their franchise rushing record with a 295-yard effort by Jamal Lewis, en route to a total 343 rushing yards on the day, as they beat the Browns 33-13.
I think what we’ll see on Sunday will be a heavily focused ground & pound effort by the Ravens, en route to a 300+ yard ground game that’ll come close to eclipsing that benchmark. I don’t think we’ll see a similar one man show as we did from Lewis 17 years ago; rather, a collective effort from Mark Ingram, J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards and Lamar Jackson, with Ingram surpassing the 100-yard mark, but Edwards capitalizing on a pair of goal line touches.
But let’s not stop there.
Rookies Dobbins and Devin Duvernay will find the end zone on Sunday as well, as both are heavily involved in the offense.
Let’s go one step further.
Marlon Humphrey picks off two Haskins forced balls to Terry McLaurin, and drives one of those to the end zone in his newly purchased Brinks Truck.
This is going to be a bloodbath of a game and I genuinely feel sorry for the WFT having to face a pissed off and fired up Ravens team.
Ravens 40 WFT 17
What better way to get back on track than to face a team with no name? Surprisingly the Washington Football Team has been better than expected so far this season, with a talented defensive front keeping them competitive during a time of turmoil for the organization. However, Chase Young will be out this week so there’s one less top player to worry about for the Ravens. I expect a big bounce back after what happened last week. I’m sure the team is highly motivated right now.
— Lamar will throw for 250 yards, 2 touchdowns and run for 60 yards.
— Mark Andrews has 3 receptions and 1 drop. It’s an improvement.
— Devin Duvernay has 3 receptions and 0 drops for 50 yards and a touchdown.
— Marlon Humphrey displays why he just earned his big contract with another forced fumble or interception.
— Calais Campbell has one sack and a batted pass.
— Derek Wolfe gets his first sack as a Raven.
Ravens 27 Washington 17
You’ve got to feel bad for Washington. If they don’t already have it hard enough with Dwayne Haskins at QB and Chase Young injured, they have to play a Ravens team that is really, really pissed off after last week’s performance. Honestly, it was a loss that we needed and I am happy it happened as early on in the season as it did. Moving on to brighter days, this is going to be a fun one for Ravens fans to watch. The Ravens are going to have a field day.
— The Ravens force 3+ turnovers, including a Marlon Humphrey pick 6.
— J.K. Dobbins will lead all running backs in this game in scrimmage yards and touchdowns.
— Mark Andrews bounces back, leading the team in receptions and receiving yards and has 0 drops.
– RG3 enters the game in the 4th quarter and finishes the game with more touchdowns than Dwayne Haskins.
Ravens 38 Washington 13
I’m going to try to not sound like a homer with this pick…
The Ravens were embarrassed on Monday Night Football in Week 3. If what I think of this team is true, they’ll use that loss as a turning point and it will fuel the rest of their season to potentially get another shot at the Chiefs in January. Washington is in their way this week and as the saying goes, “don’t stand on the track when the train’s coming through.” The Ravens and Lamar Jackson will take out their frustrations on Washington and roll to a big win.
Baltimore is 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games. Washington is 2-11 straight up in their last 13 home games.
My Pick: Baltimore -13