Since Lamar Jackson became the starting quarterback in the middle of the 2018 season, the Ravens (2-1) have only lost consecutive games once. Experts agree that will remain the case after Sunday’s game against Washington (1-2) at FedExField.
The 47 pundits we looked at were predicting a win for Baltimore, which just lost to the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night, which ended its 14-game winning streak in the regular season.
Of the 26 who predicted the scoreline for Sunday’s game, the Ravens have all won by double digits, with 10 believing they will win by at least 20 points.
Here’s a sample of what experts are saying about the game:
The Ravens have a great opportunity to bounce on both sides of the ball.
CJ Doon du Baltimore Sun: “Lamar Jackson and the running game can get back on track, and the defense can take advantage of inexperienced quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr., who had three interceptions and four fumbles in three games. ”
Injuries on his defensive line are a major concern for Washington.
Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com: “Washington’s defensive line was the identity of the team. After losing underrated defensive tackle Matthew Ioannidis for the season and Chase Young maybe for this week, what’s left? ”
John Breech of CBS Sports: “Washington is struggling on defense and if there’s one game where you can’t afford to be bumped on defense, it’s when you’re playing against the Ravens. If you want to get a taste of what Lamar Jackson is going to do to this defense, just go looking for some highlights from Washington’s loss to the Cardinals in Week 2. In that 30-15 win for Arizona, Washington had no idea how to stop Kyler Murray. Lamar Jackson is like Kyler Murray, except better and with more experience. They are both. bad things for Washington. ”
The Ravens will rely on the running game, which will open things up for Jackson.
Vinnie Iyer de Sporting News: “The Ravens won’t be complicated here after watching the Browns race all over Washington. Mark Ingram, JK Dobbins and Gus Edwards can be effective alongside Lamar Jackson, who also won’t be upset when hitting big downstream passes. ”
It could be a big day for the Ravens’ opportunistic defense.
Aaron Kasinitz de Penn Live: “The Ravens’ six takeaways this season are third in the NFL, but they have the best possession-per-possession rate to snatch the ball away from their opponents. … Sunday’s game is also a great opportunity to force turnovers. Washington spat the ball five. times in a loss to Cleveland in Week 2, with quarterback Dwayne Haskins throwing three interceptions and losing a fumble. ”
Chris Simms de Pro Football Talk: “I think it’s a game where the Ravens are probably scoring a touchdown on defense. Otherwise, get a short pitch multiple times. ”
Expect the Ravens to mount fire on Haskins.
NFL Next Gen Statistics: “The Ravens can’t wait to bounce back from their loss in Week 3, and that could be really bad news for the QB who face that defense this week, a defense that loves to send home after QBs. … Don’t expect them to. When Dwayne Haskins has been under pressure this season, he’s 3-for-18 for just 30 yards, 0 TD passes, two interceptions and a 0.0 passer score. So Baltimore is perhaps more aggressive than usual, the Ravens playing their best football when they turn up the heat. ”
Could veteran quarterback Alex Smith be active for the game?
Mike Florio de Pro Football Talk: “With the possibility that things will turn sour for Washington early on and Alex Smith being put in, that’s the one thing that makes me a little worried about whether or not the Ravens can turn this into a rout. But then again, we don’t know. what Alex Smith will do two years after his last reading. “