Broncos vs. Ravens: 5 things Denver fans should know about Baltimore

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Ahead of Sunday’s game, we asked Kevin Oestreicher of Ravens Wire five questions about Baltimore and their showdown with the Denver Broncos. Check out our questions and Kevin’s answers below!

Does Baltimore have any big weaknesses that Denver might be able to exploit?

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Right now, Baltimore’s defense is still trying to figure things out. They currently rank 30th in the NFL in passing yards allowed with 944 and have given up 85 points through three weeks, which ranks 26th in the league. The loss of Marcus Peters has hurt this defense, and they have been stretched extremely thin at a few positions. Generating pressure and sacking the quarterback can also be an issue at times.

How has Derek Wolfe looked for the Ravens? He was the Broncos' best defensive lineman for several seasons when he was younger.

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Wolfe was one of the unsung heroes of the Ravens’ defense in 2020. He was excellent against the run and generated a bit of pressure from the interior as well. However, so far in 2021 he has yet to play a game, as he’s been dealing with hip and back injuries ever since the middle of training camp. Hopefully he’s back soon, but he won’t be making an appearance on the field this week in Denver.

Is the concern about Lamar Jackson's passing ability overblown? Do fans in Baltimore worry at all about falling behind and needing to pass to catch up?

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Yes, they are overblown. Jackson throws the football at a very high level, but most people look to the box score stats instead of watching film on him that tells the whole story. While he still has areas in his game he needs to improve, he is lethal throwing in the middle of the field, and has nice touch on the outside as well. He’s on pace for over 4,000 passing yards this season, and currently leads the NFL in both yards per completion and yards per carry, which further shows how much of a dual threat he is.

Do the Ravens have any under-the-radar players we should know about?

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Fullback Patrick Ricard is a player that Baltimore loves to move all over the field, and he adds another element to the Ravens’ already dominant ground game. They like to put him in motion, and he’s a punishing blocker that can also contribute a bit in the passing game. On defense, safety Chuck Clark has quietly had a very good start to the 2021 season. He is considered one of the heartbeats of Baltimore’s defensive unit, as he wears the green dot and has one of the highest football IQs on the team.

What's your prediction for Sunday -- who wins and why?

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I expect this to be a very close game. Denver has had a relatively easy schedule so far, but it takes a lot to go 3-0 at the NFL level, so I give the Broncos a lot of credit for what they’ve been able to do. This could somewhat of a defensive battle that comes down to whoever has the ball last, and if the Ravens are the team with the final possession, they have a pretty good kicker in Justin Tucker that could do some damage in the Mile High City. Ravens 24, Broncos 23.

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