Keith Runk makes his pick:
This is without question the biggest game of the season. In fact, it’s one of the biggest games I can remember since the Super Bowl. Although last year we faced the Browns in Week 17 for the division, and had a home playoff game, this game still feels bigger. I feel like a 7-year-old waiting for Christmas morning.
Let’s get down to business.
The Patriots are good. That defense is a nightmare. Through 8 games, there has been 7 touchdowns scored against the Patriots. Three of them have come from the opposing team’s defense. To add to that, their defense has scored 6 touchdowns. And, of course, as long as Tom Brady’s at the helm, that offense is dangerous.
The Ravens are never the ones to back down from a challenge. Let’s all remember the last time an undefeated Patriots team came to town and we nearly knocked them off. Even though that game was should have been when we stuffed Tom Brady—who was outplayed by Kyle Boller—on 4th down because we all know ONLY the HEAD COACH can be awarded timeouts. But whatever, I’m not salty about it.
This year is different. This year we have Lamar Jackson. As intimidating as the defensive stats look, the Patriots have not faced any real offenses yet. It’s well documented the success Belichick has with the schemes he draws up for his opponents. People keep talking about the spy-schemes Belichick plans to use to slow down Lamar. But there’s one thing you can’t scheme against: getting your ankles broken.
This will undoubtedly be the toughest challenge this team has faced so far and arguably the toughest for the rest of the season. As much as I want the Ravens to stomp out the Patriots just as they did the Seahawks, realistically, I don’t see this game getting too out of hand in either direction.
I expect characteristic games from both teams. Bill will be Bill, Tom will be Tom, the defense will be the defense. But I am almost concernedly optimistic about this game. I have an inferno of confidence raging inside of me. The Ravens, on the wings (or feet) of Lamar Jackson will prove that they’re a force to be reckoned with. It’ll be a dog fight from start to finish, but I see the birds pecking their way to victory Sunday night.
Lamar Jackson will have more passing yards than Tom Brady.
Ravens will be first offense to gain 400+ yards on the Patriots defense.
Justin Tucker will miss a kick tomorrow. I’m sorry, I hate this one too. I know it’s not what you want to hear, but this thought was put into my head and it’s been eating at me.
Marcus Peters will have another pick 6.
Ravens 26 – Patriots 23