Roquan Smith thinks he can help the Ravens win the big game – Ryan Mink
“Life happens sometimes. I was trafficked, so at first I was shocked,” Smith said. “But I’m happy to be here. [It’s] a good group of guys, guys fighting for a title and that’s what I’m in the game for.”
“I know they’re trying to get over the hump and win the big game,” Smith said. “So, I feel like I can be one of the guys that can help with that, so I’m excited to be able to give my all to make that happen.”
“My main focus right now is learning the playbook, building a great relationship with the guys and then going from there,” said Smith, who expects to make an impact in his debut against the Saints.
“I don’t feel like it’s a full cram session because I feel like I have a good understanding of everything we’re doing here on defence. That’s part of being a professional and those guys in the dressing room agree with me, as does the coaching staff who help me a lot. So I’m very comfortable where I am right now and by Monday I know I’ll be feeling even better. So, I’m excited.”
Total scores for each NFL team at halftime: Eagles, Bills Ass Midterm; Packers Get Embarrassing Flag – Jeff Kerr
The Ravens are a very good football team that has suffered three losses – all after double-digit margin losses. Lamar Jackson hasn’t played well the past four weeks, but the Ravens are 3-1 this stage. Take away the two weeks against the Dolphins and Patriots, and the Ravens only allow 320 yards a game — that’s top -10 Defense (which Roquan Smith just added).
Jackson will start again and the Ravens will eventually bring back JK Dobbins for the stretch run. They still need an upgrade at wide receiver, but maybe DeSean Jackson is the player who can make offense more explosive.
NFL offensive line rankings ahead of Week 9 – Sam Monson
3. BALTIMORE RAVENS (NO CHANGE)
Planned starters for week 9:
LT Ronnie Stanley
LG Ben Powers
C Tyler Linderbaum
RG Kevin Zeitler
RT Morgan Moses
Ronnie Stanley played 61 of 76 snaps against the Buccaneers on Thursday night and didn’t allow any pressure throughout the game.
Rookie Tyler Linderbaum leads the team with 10 presses abandoned.
Upcoming opponent: New Orleans Saints
The Saints’ defense was below par, but they showed up last week and put Derek Carr under pressure 41.4% of the time.
Ravens are field goal favorites in the Monday Night Football matchup vs. Saints – Jonas Shaffer
The Ravens (5-3), enjoying their first winning streak of the season, are three-point favorites over the Saints, who defeated the Las Vegas Raiders 24-0 on Sunday. New Orleans is 3-5 overall and 2-3 since quarterback Andy Dalton took on the battered Jameis Winston in Week 4.
The Ravens are 3-1 going this season, including a 27-22 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday. They are also 3-1 against the spread away from Baltimore, except for their 24-20 loss to the New York Giants. New Orleans is 2-3 overall in the Caesars Superdome and 3-2 against the spread.
Both teams could be missing star players. Saints starting wide receivers Michael Thomas and Jarvis Landry have been sidelined for over a month with foot and ankle injuries, respectively, while starting cornerback Marshon Lattimore (abdominal) has not played since Week 5. Ravens starting wide receiver Rashod Bateman (foot) will miss several weeks, and the availability of All-Pro tight end Mark Andrews (shoulder) and running back Gus Edwards (hamstring) is unknown.
How will the Saints’ passing offense stack up against the Ravens’ passing defense? – Jeremy Trottier
Starting on the Saints side, their passing game has been quite well above average in most passing metrics so far this season. They rank 7th in passing yards (2121), 6th in passing touchdowns (14), 11th in passing yards per attempt (7.5), 15th in completion rate (64.8 %), 8th in passing first downs (96) and only allowed the ninth-least sacks of the season (15). They are tied for third-most interceptions of the season after Andy Dalton threw 3 last week, with 9 so far this season. Overall, however, Dalton was effective as a quarterback and apart from that one game he was safe with the ball.
In terms of what we should expect, you should see either a really extensive protective play calling with Dalton passing the ball to Alvin Kamara throughout the game, or the normal system of play calling ending like the Cardinals game can. The involvement of Kamara and Taysom Hill takes this offense from below average to very strong and this needs to be discussed in the dressing room before the game. Also, having Michael Thomas and Jarvis Landry return completely changes the perspective of this game as you have two strong short to medium distance runners that would allow Chris Olave to become more open than just Olave and the remaining receiver core.
Week 9: Ravens vs. Saints Preview, Where To Watch, Prediction – Todd Karpovich
The Saints pass defense ranks 12th in the league, allowing 208.3 yards per game. Tyrann Mathieu is having a solid season, leading the team with two interceptions. New Orleans also has an impressive passing rush — Demario Davis and Cameron Jordan have five sacks apiece. The Ravens will look to include their top playmaker Devin Duvernay early and often. Duvernay’s versatility and speed can present challenges to New Orleans. If Andrews can’t play, rookie Isaiah Likely will be looking to stack another solid game. The Ravens can’t throw the ball 30 times in the first half; Balance will be key.
The Saints could be looking to dictate the pace with a running attack averaging 141.3 yards per game. Alvin Kamara led the team with 413 rushing yards, followed by Taysom Hill (337). The Ravens have been strong against run all season, allowing under 100 yards per game. The new additions make this defense even tougher.
The Ravens are gaining momentum, winning two straight games for the first time since last November. The defense should be harder with the additions mentioned. The Ravens are successful when they run the ball, but the Saints’ defense is a little tougher than Tampa Bay’s. Still, the Ravens are the deeper and better team.
Ravens 23, Saints 17