Who will win Sunday’s Week 17 match in Baltimore? – twin cities

This is how The Baltimore Sun sports staff view the result of Sunday afternoon’s week 17 game between the Ravens (8-7) and the Los Angeles Rams (11-4) at M&T Bank Stadium:

Jonas Shaffer, reporter

Rams 30, Ravens 17: Given where the Kansas City Chiefs’ defense was in Week 2, this may be the best team the Ravens will face all season: explosive on offense, disruptive on defense and strong on specialty teams. A healthy Tyler Huntley is preferable to a hampered Lamar Jackson, but there is still only so much this offense can handle without his Pro Bowl quarterback. Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey have this week talked about how much the Ravens’ blowout in 2019 stuck with them, and it looks like a good revenge spot. The Raven’s best hope for a disturbance (and a playoff pulse) is to get the wasted version of Matthew Stafford.

Mike Preston, columnist

Rams 27, Ravens 24: Good teams get hot during the off-season and the Rams play extremely well. There are few questions about this team, but many about the Ravens, where the biggest one is whether star quarterback Lamar Jackson is healthy enough to play. Either way, the Ravens secondary is decimated due to injuries, and the Rams have enough highly-trained players to give Baltimore trouble. The Raven’s best bet is to get out and run the ball and try to mash a soft Los Angeles team.

Childs Walker, reporter

Rams 31, Ravens 23: It’s hard to find a significant advantage for the Ravens against a hot Rams team that excels in all three phases of the game and is filled with stars. Can a decimated defense hold up better against Matthew Stafford than it did against Joe Burrow? Can Lamar Jackson return to save the day? The Ravens have too many big questions to answer as they cling to fading playoff hopes.

Ryan McFadden, reporter

Rams 31, Ravens 17: No matter who starts as quarterback for the Ravens, they will face a host of pressure as the offensive line will have a hard time including Aaron Donald, Von Miller and Leonard Floyd. Expect Rams receiver Cooper Kupp to take full advantage of the Ravens secondary while continuing his historic season.

CJ Doon, editor

Rams 28, Ravens 23: After giving up 525 yards and four touchdowns to Joe Burrow, this knocked-out Ravens secondary can’t catch a break. Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp have formed one of the best quarterback receiver tandems in the league, and without a shutdown corner on the outside, the Ravens will have trouble slowing them down. Defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale got creative against Davante Adams, but Van Jefferson and Odell Beckham Jr. is more than able to take hold if Kupp gets all the attention. If the Ravens had a healthy Lamar Jackson and a complete set of running backs, they might have the advantage in this matchup. But an exhausted defense that will be without top-cornerback Anthony Averett is too much to overcome, no matter how well Jackson or Tyler Huntley play.

Tim Schwartz, editor

Rams 34, Ravens 24: These teams are going in opposite directions. The Rams have won four straight with quarterback Matthew Stafford, running back Sony Michel and wide receiver Cooper Kupp clicking on all cylinders. The Ravens, meanwhile, have lost four in a row and have got three quarterbacks to start their last three games. Lamar Jackson’s start as quarterback does not look promising from Friday, but Baltimore should not be counted out with Tyler Huntley below center and the reserve / COVID-19 list looks much shorter this week. However, curbing the potent Rams attack will be a big task for a Ravens defense that was burned by a Bengals attack using a similar three-wide receiver formation as the Rams do. It’s just a bad matchup, not to mention Los Angeles’ defense has been improved and allowed fewer than 16 points per game. battle during his winning streak. The Ravens will scratch, fight and scratch as they usually do, but it’s a climb, even with their playoff lives hanging.

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