The 3-4 Baltimore Ravens take on the 4-2 Miami Dolphins at M&T Bank Stadium. Baltimore is coming off 2 straight losses to the Bears and the Vikings. They’ll be looking to get back to .500 with a win over the Dolphins. Miami, on the other hand, is coming off 3 straight wins against the Titans, Falcons, and Jets. This game could go either way depending on the quarterback play… which doesn’t look very inspiring. Here are some key matchups:
1. Jay Ajayi vs Baltimore Run Defense
The Baltimore defense is coming off a game in which they allowed 161 rushing yards against Minnesota, so look for the Dolphins to feed Ajayi early. Ajayi, however, has only averaged 3.5 yards per carry and has 442 rushing yards on the season, surpassing the 100 yard mark once. He should benefit from a defense that ranks dead last in rushing yards allowed/game. It wouldn’t be surprising if Ajayi surpasses 100 yards for a second time this season.
2. Joe Flacco vs Miami Pass Defense
Miami’s pass defense ranks 17th in the league, giving up an average of 225.8 yards/game. Joe Flacco is playing some of the worst football of his career. The former Super Bowl MVP’s current passer rating is 70 on the dot, and he has 5 TD passes along with 8 interceptions on the season. Flacco will need to step up his game in order to come out with a victory.
3. Cordrea Tankersly vs Ravens Receivers
You’re probably wondering who Tankersly is. He’s a rookie cornerback who will replace the recently cut Byron Maxwell. All eyes will be on the 3rd round pick out of Clemson this year. He has shown promise for the future, but is currently very inconsistent. The Ravens’ receiving corps has been depleted by injuries, so the matchup is favorable.
4. Matt Moore
Moore looked good filling in for Jay Cutler after he went down with a rib injury. However, that was against the Jets defense. Last week, he threw easy checkdowns to receivers. Considering he’s a veteran, he’ll need to do more than throw the easy completions to pick apart the Ravens secondary.
Bold Prediction: Both defenses score a defensive TD.