Ebony Bird round-table: Picks/predictions for Ravens vs. Jets

ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 08: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens looks to pass during the first half against the Buffalo Bills in the game at New Era Field on December 08, 2019 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 08: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens looks to pass during the first half against the Buffalo Bills in the game at New Era Field on December 08, 2019 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images) /
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ORCHARD PARK, NY – DECEMBER 8: Willie Snead #83 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates his touchdown with Mark Ingram #21 during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on December 8, 2019 in Orchard Park, New York. Baltimore beats Buffalo 24 to 17. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY – DECEMBER 8: Willie Snead #83 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates his touchdown with Mark Ingram #21 during the second half against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on December 8, 2019 in Orchard Park, New York. Baltimore beats Buffalo 24 to 17. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images) /

The Baltimore Ravens host the New York Jets on Thursday Night Football in week 15. Here’s how the Ebony Bird team thinks it’ll all shake out.

Site-expert Chris Schisler:

I don’t think it counts as a surprise that I have picked the Baltimore Ravens. I do it just about every week this year. That’s kind of the point here. There have been years past where I would get worried about trap games, playing down to their opponents or I would just not like the match up. This year the Ravens are 11-2 because every single week they can and should be the victor. The Ravens are the best team in the NFL and the New York Jets are far from it. This needs to be a win for the Ravens. Losing this game would be an awful way to stain their incredible season. Winning without style points would be a rough look as well; this has to be a dominant affair.

When the purple and black take the field on Thursday night it won’t be at full strength. Ronnie Stanley is listed as doubtful for this game. Baltimore has to avoid giving themselves an excuse to lose this game. They probably can beat the Jets with a C grade effort, it just can’t be the way they go about it. This game should look like the 59-10 shellacking of the Miami Dolphins. This should look like the 49-13 beat down of the Cincinnati Bengals. That’s the kind of game this should be. That has to be an expectation here, for an 11 win team, favored to go to the Super Bowl. It just has to be the standard.

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Give me the Ravens by the tune of 30-6. I think the Ravens will control the clock, get in and get out unscathed. This is a game that the Ravens could win by a wider margin than 30-6. If the Ravens have their way and they play up to their standards this game will just be a formality. If the Ravens play the way they have to play, Robert Griffin III will get some action in this game and some key Ravens can get some rest before this one is over.

Three Bold Predictions: 

  • Sam Darnold has two interceptions and a fumble against the Ravens defense
  • The Ravens rush for more yards than the total number of yards picked up by the Jets
  • De’Anthony Thomas returns a punt for a touchdown (He’s due).
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