NFL 2019 (Week 7): Baltimore Ravens at Seattle Seahawks

Russell S. Baxter

NFL 2019 (Week 7): Baltimore Ravens at Seattle Seahawks

By Ian Schultz

Special to Pro Football Guru

The Baltimore Ravens will head to Seattle to take on the Seahawks in the franchises’ sixth-ever meeting. Seattle holds the advantage in the all-time series at 3-2 and have won three straight over the Ravens. Baltimore sits at 4-2 on the heels of a 23-17 victory over the division rival Cincinnati Bengals last week at home and opened up a two-game lead in the AFC North. Seattle comes into the contest at 5-1 after a 32-28 road win over the Cleveland Browns.

Ravens: Baltimore heads into this game with their bye week approaching next week and hoping to get back a few key contributors that sat out last week in wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown and linebacker Patrick Onwuasor who are both dealing with nagging ankle injuries. Lamar Jackson has been stellar so far this season and getting his No. 1 wideout back would be a huge boost to the Ravens offense. The Ravens offensive bread is still buttered in the running game as they rank first in the league and are on pace to break the single-season NFL team rushing record. Defensively, Baltimore has been hit by injuries – having lost Tavon Young, Tony Jefferson and DeShon Elliott for the year and missing starting cornerback Jimmy Smith since the first half of Week 1. They do boast cornerback Marlon Humphrey and made a huge move this week adding cornerback Marcus Peters from the Rams to fortify the secondary. Mix in the homecoming of Earl Thomas and this one has must-see potential. Their largest struggle will be getting pressure on MVP front-runner quarterback Russell Wilson. The Ravens have only 11 sacks and if their front struggles, it could be a long day for the Ravens.

Seahawks: Seattle returns home from a key road victory in Cleveland. Wilson has been dynamite, tossing 14 touchdown passes and zero interceptions so far this season. He has also added 151 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. He has arguably been the MVP of the NFL over six weeks and will be looking to move to 46-14 lifetime at CenturyLink Field. His best options include D.K. Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, and Chris Carson and Wilson has no trouble spreading the ball around. Defensively, the days of the “Legion of Boom” may be gone, but the team still boasts Jadeveon Clowney, Ezekiel Ansah and Bobby Wagner. They will also welcome back defensive tackle Jarran Reed, who is coming off of a six-game suspension to start the season but had 10.5 sacks last season. Keep an eye on Reed to wreck a weak Ravens’ interior offensive line. Left guard Bradley Bozeman and center Matt Skura are the biggest weaknesses of the Ravens offensive line and if Reed has his way with them, Lamar Jackson will be running for his life.

Prediction: Baltimore will do enough to keep this one competitive but at the end of the day, the Seahawks don’t lose at home very often. Wilson makes a few more plays than Jackson in this one and the Seahawks come out on top.

Seattle Seahawks 25, Baltimore Ravens 20

Ian Schultz (@iandschultz) also contributes for @Ebony_Bird and @Charm City Bird Watch.

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