6 bold predictions for Ravens in Week 3 matchup vs. Lions

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The Baltimore Ravens are set to face the Detroit Lions in a big Week 3 matchup. Baltimore is coming off of an impressive 36-35 win over the Kansas City Chiefs to move their record to 1-1, while Detroit fell to the Green Bay Packers 35-17 to put them at 0-2.

This is a contest that the Ravens should win, but they have to be careful not to underestimate the Lions. Baltimore has played down to opponents before, and they could fall into a trap if they don’t play with the same intensity that they always do.

Below we look at six bold predictions for the Ravens’ Week 3 game against Detroit.

The Ravens turn in a turnover-free performance

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Baltimore has struggled at protecting the football so far during the first two games of the 2021 season. In Week 1 against the Las Vegas Raiders, the Ravens put the ball on the ground four times, resulting in two lost fumbles. Against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2, quarterback Lamar Jackson was intercepted twice and Ty'Son Williams fumbled once, although luckily the ball was recovered by wide receiver Devin Duvernay in the end zone for a score. Against Detroit, it will be important that the Ravens' offense doesn't turn the ball over. The Lions have struggled on defense so far in 2021, so this could be the first turnover-free performance of the season for Baltimore. - Kevin Oestreicher

QB Lamar Jackson rushes for 100+ yards

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This prediction isn't super bold, as Jackson seems to always find himself rushing the football a decent amount. However, over 100 yards on the ground by a quarterback is still a lot. Even so, Jackson could certainly pull it off, especially with how he's established himself as one of the all-time ground threats at his position. The Lions have allowed an average of 113.5 rushing yards per game in the first two weeks of the 2021 season. That doesn’t sound like much, but it ranks 15th overall in the NFL. With that in mind, Jackson could certainly be feasting on the ground come Sunday. - Robert Sobus

TE Mark Andrews scores two touchdowns

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Andrews has had a relatively slow start to the 2021 season, only catching eight passes for 72 yards on 10 targets through two games. He also has yet to find the end zone, which is a bit of a shock. However, it seems like opposing defenses are keying in on Andrews and forcing the Ravens' offense to beat them somewhere else. The Detroit defense has struggled against the pass season, giving up the most net yards per attempt in the NFL (9.4). With wide receiver Marquise Brown potentially drawing more attention from teams due to his hot start, it could be Andrews' turn to have a huge game. - Kevin Oestreicher

The Ravens notch a pick-six

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The last time Jared Goff played the Ravens, it did not go well for him. In 2019 with the Los Angeles Rams, Goff threw two interceptions and no touchdowns as Baltimore won by a 45-6 score. However, in 2021 the Ravens pass defense has not been up to its usual standards, giving up an average of 376 yards per game (most in NFL). Goff might look to throw a lot early, but this pass defense is better than what those numbers show. With cornerback Jimmy Smith having a chance to play this week, it will only make Goff’s day tougher. - Robert Sobus

OLB Odafe Oweh records three sacks

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In the blink of an eye, Baltimore suddenly saw their front seven get extremely thin. The team had to place DL Brandon Williams, DL Justin Madubuike, OLB Justin Houston, and OLB Jaylon Ferguson on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday, meaning that they will be unavailable to play on Sunday against the Lions. Oweh has impressed so far through two games, notching five total tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He's also played well against the run and made multiple impact plays. He will be one of the many players that the Ravens will be relying on to step up, and he could be in store for a huge game. - Kevin Oestreicher

Justin Tucker makes a field goal of 61+ yards

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The last time these two teams met, Justin Tucker provided all of the points for Baltimore. Tucker went 6-for-6 on field goals, including a 61-yarder with less than one minute left to win the game. That field goal also happens to be the longest field goal that Tucker has ever converted in his NFL career. On Sunday, with a positive game script for the Ravens, the team could allow Tucker to try for a long field goal that could tie or even surpass his career-long of 61 yards. - Robert Sobus

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