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Predictions for Ravens vs. Raiders: La Canfora Alone in Oakland’s Camp
Of the 53 pundits whose predictions we compiled, 52 are in settlement that the Ravens will beat the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. The outlier? CBS Sports activities’ Jason La Canfora.
A Baltimore victory would pull the workforce again above .500 at 6-5, and drop Oakland to 2-9.
It must also be famous that the majority pundits expect rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson to get his second NFL begin this Sunday, although the Ravens haven't dominated out Joe Flacco (hip).
Listed here are a couple of predictions that pundits see occurring, which can result in a Ravens victory:
 
The Ravens draw back from the Raiders and win massive.
“This has all of the makings of a throttling for the house workforce,” The Baltimore Solar’s Edward Lee wrote.
“The Ravens have usually dealt with their enterprise in opposition to overmatched opponents over the previous two seasons, and so they’ll achieve this once more in a win over the Raiders. Ravens, 27-13,” The Baltimore Solar’s Childs Walker wrote.
“The Ravens are going to beat the Raiders no matter who performs quarterback, and no matter whether or not they're consuming leftover turkey within the huddle,” FanSided’s Matt Verderame wrote.
Jackson and Baltimore’s speeding assault will proceed to thrive in opposition to a Raiders protection that has struggled equally to Cincinnati’s.
 
Just like the Cincinnati Bengals final week, [the Raiders are] ripe to be gouged by a Lamar Jackson-led speeding assault. The Ravens have each incentive to win, and it’s laborious to check them slipping up at residence in opposition to such a flawed opponent,” Walker wrote.
“Even with a full sport's value of Lamar Jackson movie to review, will probably be laborious for Oakland's run protection to cease Lamar Jackson and Co.,” The Baltimore Solar’s Jonas Shaffer wrote.
This is what we do know: The Raiders don't get to Lamar Jackson. They could not sack Vinny Testaverde in the event that they needed to -- and I imply Vinny Testaverde proper now,” NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison wrote.
“There’s no cause for them to deviate from his working in opposition to a Raiders protection that will get gashed on the bottom,” Sporting Information’ Vinnie Iyer wrote.
The journey takes its toll on the Raiders.
“The Raiders are additionally enjoying consecutive street video games, and it is a lengthy journey and an early begin. Jackson will win once more,” CBS Sports activities’ Pete Prisco wrote.
After one in all its greatest showings of the season, Oakland’s offense can’t overcome Baltimore’s protection.
“This Baltimore protection goes to be enjoying lights out this weekend. The Raiders simply can not constantly transfer the ball down the sphere. They'll’t handle lengthy drives. Baltimore Ravens, at residence, win this sport,” ESPN’s Darren Woodson mentioned.
“The Ravens' protection, in the meantime, needs to be as much as the duty in opposition to an offense that averages 17 factors,” Smolka wrote.
 
“Baltimore's entrance seven ought to have a area day with Oakland's offensive entrance, which has allowed [Raiders quarterback] Derek Carr to be pummeled repeatedly,” Harrison wrote.
“I obtained Baltimore and I obtained Baltimore due to that protection. Lamar Jackson, I like what he did every week in the past having the ability to run the ball. Having a few of these faculty type runs I believe goes to be useful to assist that protection and preserve them off the sphere. I like Baltimore at residence due to that protection,” ESPN’s John Fox mentioned.

 
As for the outlier, La Canfora didn't supply a cause for choosing the Raiders. Let’s all simply hope that he’s flawed.
Raiders Get Inventive When Making an attempt to Remedy the Lamar Jackson Downside, Use a Cornerback in Apply Simulations
 
How do you put together to face a quarterback that’s as dynamic and quick as Jackson? It’s a tough query that, fortunately, the Ravens don’t must reply.
The Raiders have gotten fairly inventive when attempting to aim to resolve the query. Apparently, Oakland has had undrafted rookie cornerback Rico Gafford, a member of their follow squad, play quarterback all through practices this week.
“Given the very fact Rico Gafford hasn’t performed quarterback since his sophomore season at Des Moines East Excessive in Iowa, and solely did so in an harm pinch, it’d require a particular set of circumstances for him to reprise that function within the NFL,” Las Vegas-Evaluate Journal’s Michael Gehlkin wrote. “Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson qualifies.”
The transfer truly makes plenty of sense contemplating Gafford is among the few gamers within the NFL that's as fast as Jackson.
In reality, Gafford could even be a tick quicker, for those who belief his phrase. Throughout his professional day at Montana, Gafford says he ran the 40-yard sprint in four.22 seconds. Jackson didn’t run the 40 on the mix, however is reported to have run it in four.34 seconds throughout his professional day at Louisville.
 
Perhaps a race between the 2 may very well be organized sooner or later. I do know I’d watch. Quickness and 40-yard straight-line pace are two various things, nonetheless.
As for a way Gafford has been utilized in follow, Raiders Head Coach John Gruden revealed it’s been a reasonably easy course of, saying “He’ll get a ball and can run round, and we’ll attempt to run him down.”
It's important to think about it’s been an attention-grabbing few days of follow for Gafford, who appears to have loved attending to simulate Jackson for the week.
I really like working,” Gafford mentioned. “That’s the one factor about me: I really like working. I’m a observe man. Anybody who is aware of me can let you know I run. I run rather a lot, and I run quick. I’m simply going to do one of the best that I can … to be one of the best Lamar Jackson I could be, apart from him.”
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