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Bench: QB Gardner Minshew (IND)

Anthony Richardson might be a rookie quarterback taking his first baby steps into professional football (and the sport as a whole, actually) but he's been an absolutely wrecking ball for the Colts when he's been out there on the field.

That won't be the case this weekend as he was ruled out for Week 3 last Friday with concussion symptoms. Enter Minshew Mania.

Minshew stepped up for the Colts in Week 2 after rookie Richardson left the game with a concussion. He completed 19-of-23 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown. That's great!

The problem, of course, is that Indianapolis was facing the lowly Texans and that surely helped. Hell, Richardson alone had scored two rushing touchdowns before leaving the field injured.

In 2020, while with the Jacksonville Jaguars, he faced the Ravens, completing 22-of-29 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns, though his team lost 14-40 in an absolute demolition.

Baltimore had the advantage of entering this week already knowing that Richardson was in danger of missing Sunday's matchup, so they prepared for both the rookie and the veteran throughout the week of practices. It's not that Minshew will catch them by surprise, and the veteran has ample NFL experience from his days in Jacksonville and Philly.

The bad weather might help Lamar because the Ravens passer can do it both through the air and on the ground, with the latter skill probably needed today. Minshew, on the other hand, will need to bring his best gunslinger tendencies under rainy and windy conditions while trusting his wide receivers to step up to the occasion.

The Ravens have many injured players in their secondary but they haven't struggled at all through the first couple of games this season. Don't let that fool you, nor the fact that Minshew might come out of nowhere to beat the Ravens by putting up gaudy numbers. Minshew Mania is no more.