Baltimore Ravens: 5 optimistic predictions for 5 more games
Prediction 3: The Ravens will lose to the Chiefs, but Jackson will put on a show:
Even in an optimistic outlook, the Chiefs are the better team. You know what though? They cannot stop the run. The Chiefs defense is 20th overall in rushing yards allowed per game. It is a skewed statistic though, because almost every team becomes one dimensional playing catch up to the Chiefs. The Chiefs defense has improved since the beginning of the season, but with Jackson under center, the Chiefs are going to struggle to slow the Ravens down.
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Jackson and Patrick Mahomes are going to get into a shootout, but they will do so completely differently. The Ravens will play a run heavy offense, and when the Chiefs start going nuts trying to stop the run, Jackson will make plays with his arm. The Ravens will try to limit the chances of Mahomes. The thing is that Mahomes and company are so efficient that the defense will still be dealt an impossible task. Mahomes will outscore Jackson, but Jackson will earn a lot of respect around the league.
The Ravens have a habit of losing to the best teams on their schedule. They lost to the New Orleans Saints. They got crumbled by the Carolina Panthers. The Steelers handed them a loss in Baltimore, despite the Ravens week four win in Pittsburgh. The Ravens also have a long history of making these games close. They usually fall short, but they do it in agonizingly close fashion.