3 ways the Seattle Seahawks can beat the Baltimore Ravens
By Darin McCann
The Baltimore Ravens will have their hands full when they travel to Washington state to face the Seattle Seahawks. Here’s how the Ravens could lose…
The 4-2 Baltimore Ravens go on the road this weekend to face MVP front runner Russell Wilson and the 5-1 Seattle Seahawks, and they are going to see a team that has some similarities to their own.
Both teams feature offenses led by dual-threat quarterbacks and relentless running attacks, while the defenses largely rely on scheme and solid tackling to slow down other teams. This should be a tough game throughout, and while both teams offer the opportunity to score quickly; especially true if rookie receiver Marquise Brown suits up for the Ravens.
The Seahawks typically move the ball up and down the field methodically, picking up third downs to keep control of both the ball and the clock. They’re a tough team to crack.
The Ravens can absolutely compete in this game and have an opportunity to pick up a quality road win if things break their way.
But make no mistake about it — the Seahawks do have a path to victory on Sunday, and here are three ways they can do just that…
1. Russell Wilson is playing out of his mind:
The veteran signal-caller is having a spectacular start to the season, posting a quarterback rating of 124.7, with 14 touchdown passes and zero interceptions. That, by any measure, is ridiculous. He has also run for 151 yards and three touchdowns, proving that, though he doesn’t run as often as he used to, he can still get it done with his feet when it is needed.
Basically, he is what the Ravens would like to see Lamar Jackson develop into with more experience.
Wilson does have some weapons at his disposal, as well. Tyler Lockett has posted 35 receptions for 454-yards and three touchdowns, while rookie receiver D.K. Metcalf has added a pair of touchdowns and an average reception of 21-yards to provide Wilson a true home run threat on the outside. The loss of tight end Will Dissly certainly hurts Seattle’s passing attack, but veteran tight end Luke Willson offers Wilson a trusted security blanket in that spot.
The Ravens bolstered their defensive backfield this week with the addition of veteran corner Marcus Peters via a trade, and they have looked better in recent games, but this will be a true test for this entire defense. They must maintain their coverage until the whistle blows each play because Wilson, like Jackson, is never truly done with a play until the refs pick up the ball.