6 bold predictions for Ravens in Week 4 matchup vs. Broncos

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The Baltimore Ravens are set to face the Denver Broncos in Week 4 of the 2021 season. Denver comes into the contest at an undefeated 3-0, while Baltimore currently has a 2-1 record after each of their games has come down to a wild finish.

The Ravens’ will have their hands full with a Broncos team that has talent on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Even though Denver has had a relatively easy schedule so far, it takes a lot to be undefeated at the NFL level.

Below, we take a look at six bold predictions for Baltimore in their Week 4 matchup with the Broncos.

Ravens miss no more than three tackles as a team

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Tackling has been a major issue for the Baltimore defense over the course of the 2021 season. The team ranks near the bottom of the league when it comes to whiffing on ball carriers, racking up a total of 23 missed tackles in three weeks (7.67 per game), good for 5th-worst in the league.

With news coming out that the Ravens have been working on tackling this week in practice, the Baltimore defense could come out with the motivation to put their issues bringing ball carriers to the ground behind them.

– Kevin Oestreicher

Lamar Jackson throws for 300+ yards

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The Ravens currently have the 30th-ranked pass defense in the NFL. Over three games, the defense has allowed an average of 314.7 passing yards per contest.

Since Baltimore has struggled to defend throws at a high level so far this season, Denver quarterback Teddy Bridgewater could look to attack through the air early. With that said, Lamar Jackson will need return the favor if the Broncos find themselves out to a big lead early.

– Robert Sobus

Marquise Brown has first multi-touchdown game of 2021 season

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Brown was the subject of plenty of criticism following his performance in Week 3 against the Lions. He had three footballs that would have most likely been touchdowns glance off of his hands in the first half, dropping easy points that could have put Detroit away early in the game.

The wideout seems motivated to get back to the way he was playing over the first two weeks of the regular season, and could be in for a big bounce back performance on Sunday, even against a very solid Denver secondary.

– Kevin Oestreicher

The Ravens' defense forces Teddy Bridgewater to throw first interception

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Teddy Bridgewater has yet commit a turnover during the 2021 season. However, all good things must come to an end. On Sunday, Bridgewater will look to shred the Ravens through the air, as Baltimore has struggled to defend the pass this year. Unfortunately for him, the secondary that he will be facing is much better than what the numbers show, even if they are dealing with a plethora of injuries.

– Robert Sobus

Brandon Stephens records his first NFL turnover

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Rookie defensive back Brandon Stephens has been asked to do a lot so far during the 2021 season. He has 10 total tackles through three weeks, and he’s been used in a multitude of roles in the Baltimore defense due to his versatility.

Stephens might be needed to play a huge part in the Ravens’ Week 4 matchup with the Broncos, as the Ravens could be without cornerback Anthony Averett and safety DeShon Elliott, as both are dealing with lower body injuries. If Averett and Elliott can’t play on Sunday, Stephens could be in line for a huge amount of work, which would mean plenty of opportunities to notch his first-career NFL turnover.

– Kevin Oestreicher

Justin Tucker kicks a 67+ yard field goal

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Just last week, I predicted that Tucker would kick a field goal of 60+ yards in Detroit. However, I did not expect him to kick an NFL record 66-yarder.

Ravens long snapper Nick Moore said this week that they’re going to try to break last week’s record if given the chance. If Baltimore is able to execute a positive game script with the thin air and high altitude of the Mile High City, I see Tucker looking to best his current record.

– Robert Sobus

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