Haislop: “The Ravens, spearheaded by Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram, are better equipped to keep the ball moving with a balanced attack to offset the brilliance of Russell Wilson.”
Ravens rookie running back Justice Hill will be a factor.
Baltimore Beatdown’s Taylor Ciotola: “This is a player that will force himself onto the field and that will continue Sunday against the Seahawks to keep them on edge. Justice Hill has the potential to be a lead back on this team when the time is right. The role that he plays now,[comma] is perfect for Lamar Jackson’s development and especially significant to get him into a rhythm when needed. Look for Hill to be used more than any other game this season.”
The Ravens will be able to contain the Seahawks’ strong running game.
NFL Spin Zone’s Samuel Teets: “After starting the season with three mediocre performances, [Seattle running back Chris] Carson has caught fire and posted three straight 100-yard rushing games. …
However, Carson will be facing a challenge against the Baltimore defense. … Considering how good Baltimore has been against the run this year, Carson will have a hard day breaking loose. Seattle may have to rely more on the passing game as a result.”
Ravens’ Playoff Chances on the Rise
The Ravens had a less than 50-50 chance of making the playoffs before the season began, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index, but their odds have increased significantly heading into Week 7.
The FPI now gives the Ravens a 71.5 percent chance of advancing to the postseason, a gain of 25.6 percent, which is the fifth-highest increase.
Not surprisingly, ESPN’s Bill Barnwell attributed much of the Ravens’ success to the significant strides Jackson has made as a passer. Barnwell also addressed the question of sustainability as it pertains to the frequency of Jackson running the ball, and he concluded that Jackson does not put himself at risk nearly as much as one may think.
“For a quarterback who runs as frequently as Jackson does, though, he has become a wizard at not getting hit,” Barnwell wrote. “Take his 69 runs. Ten of them aren’t actually running plays at all; they’re kneel-downs, bad snaps and bad handoffs, all of which get credited as quarterback runs. Of the other 59 runs, Jackson was brought down by an opposing player only 32 times. He either dove forward, scored a touchdown standing up or ran out of bounds without going down on nearly 46 percent of his runs.
“He is a master at getting out of bounds in perilous situations. About once per week, Jackson will seemingly be heading toward the sideline for a modest gain, come to a complete stop, let an oncoming train of a defender plow into the sideline without ever touching the quarterback, and then sneak forward for a couple of extra yards before going out of bounds. And if anyone ever tells you Jackson is sliding, well, they’re not actually paying attention. While he did dive forward on a number of plays, I don’t believe I saw even a single traditional quarterback slide from the second-year passer.”