I just happen to think the Falcons have such a bad matchup, even without Jackson, that the notion of the Ravens having him just puts it over the edge for me. Granted, the Baltimore offense has been bad and is really challenged aerially, regardless of who is behind center. Teams that can’t really get vertical are not ideal larger-sized favorites. But I see Atlanta’s offensive prognosis this week being even murkier.
They just haven’t been able to hit the scoreboard with much regularity. Under the Harbaugh era in Baltimore, we’ve seen the defense do an about-face over the course of the season, and maybe it’s happening again. At one point this season, they were imminently-exploitable, but over the course of the year, they became more rigid. With the Baltimore offense going into the tank, maybe it was hard to notice among a slew of forgettable Ravens games.
Falcons will try again for first road victory over Ravens KEY INJURIES: Falcons backup OL Chuma Edoga (knee) is out this weekend.... C Matt Hennessy (knee) was designated to return from IR last week and has made progress this week, according to Atlanta coach Arthur Smith. There has been no update on his possible return to the active roster this week.... Falcons RB Caleb Huntley (Achilles) was placed on IR....
Atlanta Falcons vs. Baltimore Ravens Week 16 Betting PredictionsAtlanta Falcons (5-9 SU, 8-6 ATS) vs. Baltimore Ravens (9-5 SU, 5-8-1 ATS) Week 16 NFL Date/Time: Saturday, December 24, 2022 at 1PM EST Where: M&T Bank Stadium TV: Fox Point Spread: ATL +7/BAL -7 (Bovada – Deposit $100 and get $50 FREE! ) Over/Under Total: 37. 5 The Atlanta Falcons take on the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday. For the Ravens, a 9-5 record belies an offensive crisis they’re facing, and after getting just a field goal last Saturday in a 13-3 loss to the Browns, things are getting critical.
Falcons will try again for first road victory over RavensCleveland Browns safety Grant Delpit tries to stop Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews (89) during the first half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard) ATLANTA (5-9) at BALTIMORE (9-5) Saturday, 1 p. m. EST, Fox FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NFL LINE: Ravens by 7 1/2. AGAINST THE SPREAD: Falcons 8-6; Ravens 6-8. SERIES RECORD: Ravens lead 4-2.
Lamar Jackson (knee) will miss his third straight game. QB Tyler Huntley, who started for the Ravens in Jackson's place, was also limited in practice this week because of a shoulder issue but is expected to start.... Baltimore DE Calais Campbell (knee) and CB Marcus Peters (calf) were hurt last weekend and have been ruled out for the Atlanta game.... The Ravens put WR Devin Duverney (foot) on IR this week. SERIES NOTES: The teams haven't met all that often, and the Falcons have never beaten the Ravens on the road.
Rookie Drake London was Atlanta's only WR to have a catch last week against New Orleans. London had seven receptions for 70 yards, giving him 13 catches for 165 yards in his past two games. TE MyCole Pruitt had two catches and Atlanta's other receptions came from RBs.... A win by Baltimore and a loss by either the Dolphins or Patriots would clinch a playoff spot for the Ravens.... The Ravens are one of four teams вЂ” along with the Rams, Vikings and 49ers вЂ” that have not allowed a 100-yard rusher this season.
Atlanta also never beat the Colts in Baltimore when that franchise played there.... In the most recent meeting in 2018, each team scored a defensive touchdown in the Ravens' victory. STATS AND STUFF: Rookie RB Tyler Allgeier set career highs with 17 carries for 139 yards and scored a touchdown last week while averaging 8. 2 yards per attempt. His big day included a 43-yard run. Caleb Huntley's season-ending Achilles injury could clear the way for Allgeier to continue to have more carries for Atlanta.... Falcons rookie LB Troy Andersen made his second start last week, moving ahead of Mykal Walker, and is expected to keep his starting job against Baltimore....
LAST MEETING: Ravens beat Falcons 26-16 on Dec. 2, 2018, at Atlanta. LAST WEEK: Falcons lost at New Orleans 21-18; Ravens lost at Cleveland 13-3. FALCONS OFFENSE: OVERALL (28), RUSH (3), PASS (31), SCORING (15) FALCONS DEFENSE: OVERALL (28), RUSH (21), PASS (28), SCORING (22) RAVENS OFFENSE: OVERALL (16), RUSH (2), PASS (27), SCORING (16) RAVENS DEFENSE: OVERALL (10), RUSH (3), PASS (25), SCORING (T-4) TURNOVER DIFFERENTIAL: Falcons minus-2; Ravens plus-7. FALCONS PLAYER TO WATCH: QB Desmond Ridder completed 13 of 26 passes for 97 yards and rushed for 38 yards in his debut last week. Ridder has three more games to show he deserves to be considered a candidate to start in 2023. Former starter Marcus Mariota was placed on injured reserve with a chronic knee injury after losing the starting job.
RAVENS PLAYER TO WATCH: TE Mark Andrews was an All-Pro last season, but his numbers have been down a bit in 2022. Still, the Ravens are desperate for some production from the passing game, and the decimated wide receiver group hasn't been providing much. Andrews hasn't caught a touchdown pass in more than two months, and this would be a good time to end that drought. KEY MATCHUP: Baltimore's second-ranked rushing attack vs. Atlanta's third-ranked running game. The running backs in this matchup won't face each other directly, but with both teams struggling to pass the ball and cold weather expected, it certainly feels as if whoever moves the ball more effectively on the ground could have the edge.
Nothing is certain as of press time, but that seems to be the feeling early in the week. Their offense has really been going down the drain. With 29 combined points of scoring in their last three games, the offense is really struggling. In Lamar’s last few showings before getting hurt, the Ravens were also struggling. Still, it’s been many years since the Ravens have bottomed out this bad offensively, with just two touchdowns in the last three games. And it’s a shame with the run game doing some good things.
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And Jackson coming back should help that. Any issues that we’ve seen with the Baltimore secondary this season were against really good passing offenses that were in good form. And most of the damage was accrued earlier in the season. In this spot, with Ridder not even hitting 100 yards last week, I wouldn’t expect this to be a spot where that shortcoming really sinks the Ravens. And sure, with Tyler Allgeier, Cordarrelle Patterson, and the mobile QBs they have, the Falcons can dial up a dangerous ground-game, but this might be one of the toughest matchups the ATL ground-game faces this season. And with a Baltimore “D” that can really take advantage of mistakes, this could be a tough spot if they stick with the rookie Ridder. Lay the Number The Ravens are not showing anything close to the form that would make you want to lay a TD right now.
Then again, Atlanta has a different agenda than most 5-9 teams. With Tampa leading the division at just 6-8, the division is still up for grabs. So regardless of how badly things have gone in general for the Falcons, they’re still a team with something to play for. The problems with which Atlanta suffers could come out to a lesser degree in this game if the recent incarnation of the Ravens surfaces again on Saturday.
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