3 bold predictions for the Ravens vs. Dolphins game in Week 17

The Ravens most important game of the year has arrived.

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3. Rashod Bateman gets loose

It's been a quiet season for Bateman. Many people (including myself) expected Bateman to break out with a new offensive coordinator and with other complementary weapons around him, but it just hasn't happened.

Bateman has shown flashes throughout the season, but a combination of inconsistent play and a lack of targets has restricted him from stringing together big games for the Ravens. He's recorded just 28 catches for 313 yards and 1 touchdown this season.

I think Bateman is a real X-factor for the Ravens. We've seen Lamar try to throw him a deep ball multiple times this year, but they just haven't been able to connect.

Maybe I'm foolish for thinking this, but I think the two of them are bound to connect on a big play at some point this season, and I think it might be this week.

Bateman is an explosive player who has shown serious potential as a big-play threat for the Ravens. One instance of this came last season against this same Miami team. Bateman recorded 4 catches for 108 yards and a touchdown.

Maybe the best highlight of his career came on a slant route that Bateman took for 75 yards and a touchdown against Miami.

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I think Bateman finally gets it going this week, recording his first 100-yard game of the season.