After a gauntlet of division road games started the year, this will now be the Baltimore Ravens' biggest test of the year outside of the AFC North. According to their record, this is the best team the Ravens have played all year. They will need an all-in performance to win this game. Which players will have the biggest impact?
6. Mark Andrews has to breakout against the Detroit Lions
Mark Andrews has had a good start to his season, but if the Baltimore Ravens want to go on a Super Bowl run, they need to see him improve. It could start with a dominant performance against the Detroit Lions. Andrews missed week one and then failed to put up 50 yards in his first two games.
Since then, he recorded 80, 65, and 69 yards over the following three weeks. Andrews has a career yards per route run of 2.1. After 1.36 in week two and 1.06 in week three, Andrews hit 3.48 in week four, 1.48 in week five, and then 2.09 last week. He is getting back to his old ways.
This week may be his best matchup. The Lions are one of the worst teams in the NFL at defending the tight end. Alex Anzalone has his moments in coverage but is not a good matchup for Mark Andrews. Both Jack Campbell and Derrick Barnes have struggled in coverage.
The Lions struggle here and yet they have not seen a tight end like Andrews this year, especially after missing out on Travis Kelce in week one. If there is a weakness for the Ravens to attack it is right here.