3 predictions for Baltimore Ravens vs. New England Patriots
The Baltimore Ravens are set to take on the New England Patriots. Here are 3 predictions:
I see this game as a 31-14 win for the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens have a completely more talented football team and their 6-2 record feels like something that may just be getting started. This is a battle between two teams going in two different directions. 31-14 is what I have the final score being. These three predictions is how we get there.
1. The Ravens have five sacks, Yannick Ngakoue has his first as a Raven:
Yannick Ngakoue will get his first sack for this defense. It has to happen eventually right? The Baltimore Ravens traded for Yannick Ngakoue and he has been held without a sack against both the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Indianapolis Colts. Ngakoue has been providing a steady pass rush though and he’s due for a big game. He had five sacks before he put on the purple and black and he’s been one of the most consistent pass rushers in the NFL in the past few years.
Ngakoue gets the most attention from the opposing team but that’s because he’s the best pass rusher the Ravens have. With Calais Campbell out for this game, the Ravens are going to need more out of their outside linebackers. However this is a great chance for Justin Madubuike to show his worth. He should get a larger chunk of playing time because of Campbell missing action. Put him down for a sack as well.
Newton has been sacked 12 times this season in seven games. The Monday Night Football game against the New York Jets was the only time the entire season the Patriots didn’t allow a sack. In the game where Newton was out, the Kansas City Chiefs were able to get three sacks.
If the Patriots give up anywhere from two to four sacks on a weekly basis, you have to think the Ravens could do some damage. The Ravens have 24 sacks on the season, which is the seventh best total in the NFL. Right behind them are the Denver Broncos, who got four sacks against New England. I’m going to go a bit bold here and suggest that the Ravens can top that. Give me five sacks for the defense on Sunday Night Football.