Site-expert Richard Bradshaw:
The Baltimore Ravens are about to thump the New York Jets, right? Not so fast… This is a classic trap-game and the Ravens find themselves susceptible to these games far too often. With that in mind, this game will be closer than many believe it will be.
Do I expect Baltimore to win? Of course, they’re superior across the board. From the quarterback play to the offensive playmakers to the defensive studs to the special teams units, the Ravens are the better team through and through.
Right now Baltimore’s offense is struggling a bit in terms of production. They’re still outscoring their opposition recently, but it’s not been as convincing as it was prior to the last couple games. Many will say it’s because of good defenses. I say it’s a combination of that and some much-needed adjustments. Unfortunately, the Jets still possess a formidable defense and a banged-up Ravens squad isn’t blowing the doors off this team.
Baltimore will need to win with their run game and defense, two things I’m very confident in. Lamar Jackson remains the team’s best player, but they should use him sparingly with a bruised leg and let the rest of the team do damage for him. While the offense plays it safe, the defense will ball out.
Sam Darnold is no stranger to turnovers and I believe they will come aplenty on Thursday night. Earl Thomas is due for an interception-or-two, so is Marcus Peters. These two will feast on a bad New York Jets offense and be the catalyst for the team’s victory.
Bold prediction: Sam Darnold throws three interceptions, sacked five times
Score prediction: Ravens 30 Jets 13