The Baltimore Ravens demanded everyone’s attention last Sunday night, overwhelming the New England Patriots’ defense, handing New England its first loss and knocking the Patriots from the No. 1 spot in most pundits’ power rankings.
Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson solidified the argument that he at least belongs in the MVP conversation. The 6-2 Ravens are averaging an outrageous 222.1 passing yards and an outrageous-er 204.9 rushing yards per game. That’s a remarkable stat, and ESPN reports that no workforce in NFL historical past has averaged over 200 yards in each classes for a whole season.
What are the probabilities that the Ravens can do it? Accidents, in fact, are unpredictable, however let’s simply check out how the remainder of the agenda shapes up. After this Sunday’s assembly with the winless Bengals, who now have the scoop for the highest general draft pick out in 2020, the Ravens play the Houston Texans, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers and Buffalo Expenses ahead of final with the New York Jets, Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers. The stretch from Houston in the course of the Expenses options 4 instantly groups with successful data, and 3 groups with top-12 defenses. Buckle up.
Six groups — the Broncos, Texans, Jaguars, Patriots, Eagles and Redskins — have byes this week.
All instances Japanese.
|1||Ravens at Bengals||CBS|
|1||Expenses at Browns||CBS|
|1||Lions at Bears||CBS|
|1||Giants at Jets||Fox|
|1||Chiefs at Titans||CBS|
|1||Cardinals at Buccaneers||Fox|
|1||Falcons at Saints||Fox|
|Four:05||Dolphins at Colts||CBS|
|Four:25||Rams at Steelers||Fox|
|Four:25||Panthers at Packers||Fox|
|Eight:20||Vikings at Cowboys||NBC|
The 1 p.m. video games
Ravens (6-2) at Bengals (Zero-Eight), 1, CBS
Best 4 defenses have fewer sacks than the Ravens and the Bengals are a kind of groups. That qualifies as excellent information for Cincinnati rookie quarterback Ryan Finley. Throughout ultimate week’s bye, Bengals first-year trainer Zac Taylor made a gigantic alternate, pronouncing that Finley (a fourth-round pick of North Carolina State) would exchange Andy Dalton, the workforce’s all-time chief in passer score (88.Zero) and successful share as a starter (68-58-2). The Ravens determine to have a box day on offense, with each Jackson and working again Mark Ingram on tempo for greater than 1,000 dashing yards.
Expenses (6-2) at Browns (2-6), 1, CBS
It’s already over for the (preferred) Browns; the earlier the cleanup of this sizzling mess starts the simpler. For the Expenses, coming off a 24-Nine stompin’ of the Redskins, that Patriots loss to the Ravens is a hopeful signal that New England’s iron grip at the AFC East would possibly quickly loosen. Buffalo’s protection has allowed 345 yards dashing on 64 carries over the past two sport, whilst Browns QB Baker Mayfield seems like a crushed guy.
Lions (Three-Four-1) at Bears (Three-Five), 1, CBS
Oddly, a Matt Patricia workforce is failing and flailing on protection, with the Lions dropping 4 in their ultimate six video games regardless of scoring a minimum of 22 issues in they all. Thankfully, they now play the Bears, a workforce with an offense in a position to shutting itself down, thanks very a lot. On the charge he’s going, Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, attempting desperately to dam out the complaint, won’t end with 2,500 yards passing or double digits in landing throws.
Giants (2-7) at Jets (1-7), 1, Fox
The ultimate time those groups performed, Brandon Marshall and Odell Beckham each and every crowned 100 receiving yards. That used to be in 2015. The cat has spent extra time within the MetLife finish zone than those two groups.
Chiefs (6-Three) at Titans (Four-Five), 1, CBS
Patrick Mahomes certain regarded as though he has gotten over the dislocated kneecap that sidelined him for the ultimate two video games, leaping up and down and happily scampering about as Harrison Butker kicked a box purpose to overcome the Vikings ultimate week.
Cardinals (Three-Five-1) at Buccaneers (2-6), 1, Fox
It’s the Bruce Arians Bowl, with the present Tampa Bay trainer going through his outdated workforce two years after (quickly) leaving the trade. Arians by no means completed with fewer than seven wins throughout his 5 seasons training the Cardinals. With the Bucs having misplaced 4 instantly, achieving seven wins turns out like a protracted shot.
Falcons (1-7) at Saints (7-1), 1, Fox
Falcons Trainer Dan Quinn stays at the sizzling seat and Drew Brees indubitably is again, with Sean Payton and Saints lovers sharing their gratitude for the Five-Zero report Teddy Bridgewater ran off whilst Brees used to be getting better from surgical treatment.
The afternoon video games
Dolphins (1-7) at Colts (Five-Three), Four:05, CBS
There used to be some excellent information in regards to the knee harm Jacoby Brissett suffered ultimate week. It’s simply an MCL sprain, and the Colts may make a choice to play it secure and leisure him, giving Brian Hoyer the beginning towards the woeful Dolphins.
Rams (Five-Three) at Steelers (Four-Four), Four:25, Fox
With their season at the verge of collapse, the Steelers spoke back with a 26-24 win over the Colts, their fourth win in 5 video games. Their effort towards the Rams will resolve how hopeful the Steelers must be about turning round a season that started with 3 instantly losses. L.A., within the ultracompetitive NFC West, wishes a win to stay alongside of San Francisco (Eight-Zero) and Seattle (7-2).
Panthers (Five-Three) at Packers (7-2), Four:25, Fox
On offense, the Packers most certainly wish to run extra, after dashing simplest 11 instances in a loss to the Chargers. On protection, the workforce has given up a minimum of 22 issues in six instantly video games and has simplest six takeaways over that span (after having 8 over the primary 3 video games). In opposition to the Chargers, Aaron Rodgers averaged simply Three.7 internet yards according to move play. And consider all the ones early-season video games in Lambeau? The payback is that that is the Packers’ simplest house sport over a 48-day length that ends Dec. 7. With Cam Newton’s season completed (and his long run with the Panthers a query mark), that is Kyle Allen’s workforce — with an MVP-level lend a hand from Christian McCaffrey, who’s on tempo for 330 carries, 1,762 dashing yards and 26 touchdowns.
The Sunday evening sport
Vikings (6-Three) at Cowboys (Five-Three), Eight:20, NBC
Minnesota is coming off a tricky loss in Kansas Town, falling on Butker’s box purpose on the finish, whilst the Cowboys became round their Monday evening sport towards the Giants with the assistance of a black cat. The Vikings’ Dalvin Prepare dinner has 1,232 yards from scrimmage — 2nd maximum via 9 video games in workforce historical past (Adrian Peterson had 1,301 yards at this level in 2007). After a stellar October, November began poorly for Kirk Cousins, who, in two seasons in Minnesota, hasn’t gained a sport when trailing within the fourth quarter. He handed for 3 touchdowns towards the Chiefs, however finished simplest 19 of 38 passes for 220 yards — the second one time in two seasons with the Vikings that he has now not finished over 50 p.c of his passes. In the meantime, the Cowboys’ protection must step it up; it has simplest 23 interceptions over the past 36 video games.
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