Ravens Look to Tame Saints Offense
The New Orleans Saints and the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium. Both teams have started well and look to go deep into the playoffs.
TV: 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Ravens -2.5 O/U: 49.5
The New Orleans Saints are on the short list of Super Bowl contenders. They own the top scoring offense in the NFL at an average of 36 points. Drew Brees and company will test that offense against the league’s top defense today
The Ravens are surrendering an average of 12.8. They are coming off a 21-0 shutout of the Tennessee Titans in which they sacked Marcus Mariota 11 times.
The Saints are coming off a bye week. Brees set the NFL record for all-time passing yardage in a 43-19 thrashing of the Washington Redskins on Oct. 8th.
Brees is Playing Like he is 10 Years Younger
Brees is one TD pass away from reaching 500 for his career. He is completing 77.9 percent of his passes with 11 TDs and no interceptions this season.
“It’s a lot of touchdowns and a lot of games and a lot of passes, but you take them one at a time and you just focus on winning the game and scoring points, regardless of if I am handing it off to one of these guys are throwing to one of our guys,” Brees told reporters. “We focus on winning games and the rest of that stuff kind of takes care of itself. Numbers add up.”
New Orleans added another key weapon to the offense in the win over the Redskins. Running back Mark Ingram making his season debut following a four-game suspension. He rushed for a pair of touchdowns.
CB Marshon Lattimore (concussion) was a full participant in practice this week and is questionable for Sunday.
Ravens Top Ranked D Will Get Tested today
Za’Darius Smith (5.5) and Terrell Suggs (4.5) lead Baltimore in sacks. Suggs is excited about the prospect of going up against a great offense.
“We like this game. It’s going to be fun,” Suggs told reporters. “They’re an explosive offense and we get a chance to compete against as good a team as there is. I think it’s going to be a good NFL game.”
Baltimore’s offense is doing just enough to support the defense. Quarterback Joe Flacco averages 298 passing yards with a total of nine TD passes and four INTs.
G Alex Lewis, who was carted off the field with a neck injury last week, returned to practice and could play Sunday.
The Ravens are the only team Brees has never beaten, owning an 0-4 record.
PREDICTION: Saints 24, Ravens 16
Team record: 4-1 SU,3-2 ATS
Current Streak: won 4 straight games.
New Orleans is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
New Orleans is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of New Orleans’s last 8 games
Team record: 4-2 SU,4-2 ATS
Baltimore is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Baltimore is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Baltimore’s last 5 games
New Orleans at Minnesota Sunday, October 28
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