Behind Enemy Lines: Previewing Week 10 with Ravens Wire

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The Miami Dolphins will host the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday at 8 p.m. at Hard Rock Stadium.

Baltimore has been one of the league’s top teams this season led by former MVP Lamar Jackson. Through their injuries to key players like Marcus Peters and J.K. Dobbins, they’ve been able to run the ball well and have had some comeback wins that they were missing in past years.

Miami, on the other hand, has been one of the league’s worst teams with the team only winning their second game last week against Houston, and their quarterback dealing with injuries.

Ahead of the game, we were afforded the opportunity to speak with Kevin Oestreicher of the Ravens Wire. He answered six questions for us ahead of the game.

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How have the Ravens been able to stay around the top of the conference with the key injuries to Marcus Peters and J.K. Dobbins before the season?

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KO — Baltimore has been extremely resilient this season, as they’ve used the “next man up” mentality. The team has gone through injury after injury, but quarterback Lamar Jackson has willed them to victory after victory. It hasn’t been perfect, but considering how important some of the players are that the Ravens lost, it’s incredibly hard not to be impressed with what they’ve done this season so far. They’ve gotten big contributions from their stars and their role players, and that balance has helped them overcome adversity week in and week out.

Why hasn’t Ty’Son Williams been used more after his solid start?

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KO — Williams started off strong, but ever since then has run tentatively and had some ball security issues as well. It doesn’t seem like the team trusts him right now, and would much rather roll with their veterans such as Latavius Murray, Devonta Freeman and Le’Veon Bell.

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One thing Dolphins players talked about a lot this week was the Ravens’ DNA. What’s your interpretation of that phrase?

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KO — In terms of their offense, the Ravens’ DNA is to run the football at a high rate. However, they’ve been able to throw the football much more effectively in recent years, so that’s becoming incorporated as well. On defense, Baltimore’s DNA is to be aggressive especially with some of their blitz packages. Overall, they have resiliency in their DNA, and will never get down no matter the score. They are an extremely tough team to beat for multiple reasons, and what’s in their DNA is definitely one of them.

It’s early, but how has Rashod Bateman come on since returning from injured reserve?

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KO — Bateman has looked great. He’s averaging 13.4 yards per catch, and 11 of his 12 catches through his first three games have gone for first downs. He’s a smooth route runner that has deceptive speed, and as he continues to play he should get better and better.

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Lamar Jackson has had an amazing start to his career, but some still doubt him. Do you think Jackson can be a Super Bowl-winning quarterback?

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KO — I absolutely do. He has what it takes both from a talent and mindset perspective to win multiple Super Bowls. There are plenty of narratives surrounding him, but he’s been the NFL’s ultimate narrative buster. He still has even more room to improve, and he’s still getting better.

Can we get your predictions for the game?

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KO — I think that Baltimore should pick up an easy win against a Miami team that has played well below expectations so far. The Ravens could be getting back a few of their key contributors for this game, which will only help their chances. Baltimore has played in some relatively close games this year, but I don’t think this will be one of them. Ravens 38, Dolphins 16

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