What Pundits Expect in Ravens-Patriots Game, Week 3

Majority of Pundits Expect Ravens to Prevail at the Road

If the Ravens are going to get again at the profitable monitor this Sunday after final week’s gut-wrenching loss to the Miami Dolphins, they’ll must do one thing the franchise hasn’t ever accomplished: win a regular-season recreation in New England.

The Ravens are 0-6 in opposition to the Patriots in Foxborough right through the steady season (they have got received two playoff video games there).

In the final assembly between the 2 groups at Gillette Stadium two years in the past, the 3-5 Patriots dissatisfied the 6-2 Ravens, 23-17, in a windy downpour. The worst of inclement climate got here overdue in the fourth quarter when Lamar Jackson and the Ravens offense took the sphere for a possible game-tying power.

“I’ll say the weather played a big part last time we played,” Jackson mentioned this week. (*3*)

It may not be highest, however it is more likely to be higher. The climate forecast for Sunday afternoon in Foxborough requires cloudy skies with a slight likelihood of a rain bathe.

As for the sport, an vast majority of pundits are forecasting a victory for the Ravens, who’re liked by means of 3 issues. Of the 50 pundits we checked out, 46 picked Baltimore (1-1) to ruin the house opener for New England (1-1).

Here’s a pattern of what the pundits are announcing concerning the recreation:

The Ravens will win as a result of they’re the easier crew total.

Fansided’s Matt Verderame: “The Ravens have to rebound after that miserable disaster of a fourth quarter on Sunday, and they should, because they’re more talented than New England in all three phases.”

Jackson will lead the Ravens to victory.

NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal: “The Patriots’ defense has given up just two touchdowns in as many weeks, making few mental mistakes. But … Lamar Jackson is that dude who makes sound New England defenses look silly, even in the best of times.”

Pro Football Talk’s Michael David Smith: “Lamar Jackson is playing some of his best football right now, and he’ll cruise to a big game in New England.”

The Baltimore Sun’s C.J. Doon: “If quarterback Lamar Jackson keeps playing at an MVP-level, it’s going to take another fourth-quarter collapse — or maybe another New England monsoon — for the Ravens to lose.”

The Ravens’ protection will soar again in opposition to a Patriots offense that has scored simply 24 issues, which ranks twenty ninth.

ESPN’s Jamison Hensley: “Bold prediction: The Ravens will rebound and hold the Patriots under 10 points after last week’s fourth-quarter collapse. Under coach John Harbaugh, Baltimore has shown perseverance, giving up an average of 19.5 points the week after allowing 40 or more points. New England quarterback Mac Jones has eclipsed 20 points in three of his past eight starts (including playoffs), and the Patriots’ 24 points are their fewest through two games since 2001 (20).”

Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer: “The Patriots don’t have the receivers to keep the Ravens’ secondary slumping and Mac Jones isn’t getting what he needs from the rushing attack.”

The Ringer’s Sheil Kapadia: “[Wide receiver] Nelson Agholor delivered a nice 44-yard TD grab last week in their win against the Steelers. But their offense just doesn’t have a lot of juice. I hate going against [Patriots Head Coach] Bill Belichick as a home underdog, and Jackson is playing through an elbow injury, but I think the Patriots are going to have a tough time here.”

Bleacher Report’s NFL group of workers: “Fortunately for Baltimore, New England has stretched defenses on plays few and far between. Quarterback Mac Jones only has two touchdown passes with a couple of interceptions.”

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