Here’s what critics are saying about the game:
The Ravens will bounce back after last week’s disappointing loss.
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio: “I just think the crows understood that then [losing] That Saturday game in Cleveland that I thought they were going to win handily, they gotta do their part together. They can’t afford to fall two games behind the Bengals; They have to be within striking distance of Week 18 in order to win that game and win the division.”
Todd Karpovich from Sports Illustrated: “There are many scenarios where the Ravens can clinch a playoff game with a win. There is also a sense of urgency after last week’s poor performance in Cleveland.”
The Crows would prevail in another low-scoring game.
Athletic player Jeff Zrebec: It’s impossible to trust the Ravens to dominate anyone. That’s not their way in 2022. But against a rookie quarterback and with a hot running game opposing a shady defense, the Ravens should come away 17-10 games. The weather could be enough to force Greg Roman to keep running.”
Shel Ringer Kapadia: “There’s a scenario where this is just an ugly low-scoring game, both teams stick to running all afternoon, and the Falcons stay close. But this Ravens defense is a physical group that will likely force Ridder to foul at some point.”
The game will boil down to a duel between the top three rushing offenses.
Maurice Mouton from Bleacher Report: The Falcons placed linebacker Caleb Huntley on injured reserve, and quarterback Marcus Mariota was out for the season as well, but rookie fifth round running back Tyler Algeier had a break in Week 15, rushing for 139 yards and a touchdown against the Saints. with Cordarelli Patterson to keep the game of #3 Atlanta on track in a battle with #2 Baltimore’s ground offense.”
The Falcons offense will be under intense pressure to move the ball against the Crows defence.
Sports News Vinnie Eyre: “The Falcons were competitive with rookie QB Desmond Ridder because of his dominant running game in Week 15. It will never happen again against a Ravens front, putting Rider in uncomfortable passing situations.”
NFL.com’s Greg Rosenthal: “Desmond Ridder should improve over the long haul, but Baltimore’s defense is solid and sound. Atlanta receivers are unlikely to be open, and Ridder’s accuracy issues showed up heavily in his first start.”
The Crows will ride your running and defense game to victory.
Sam Farmer in the Los Angeles Times: “The Falcons are going through some growing pains with their rookie quarterback, and Baltimore should take advantage. This is the kind of game where the Ravens run 40 home runs and control the clock.”
Look for Tyler Huntley for the throwback game.
Chris Sims from NBC Sports: “I think Tyler Huntley is going to have more success throwing the ball against this defense than the Cleveland defense, and it’s definitely better than the Atlanta defense.”
Ravens CB Marlon Humphrey vs WR Drake London Falcons is the main game.
James Ogden from the Russell Street Report: The absence of Kyle Bates has left Drake London as the biggest receiving threat for this Falcons team. Ridder was determined to feed him last week in his first start and will look his way early and often again when they take on the Ravens. The problem for Ridder and London, though, is that they will be facing Marlon Humphrey playing better Football of his life. Humphrey should be able to shut down London this week and that will be crucial to the Ravens’ victory, as the defense needs to keep the score down this week to escape with a much needed victory.”
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