Local and national media make their picks for Sunday's game between the Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens at CenturyLink Field.
Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com: Seahawks 31, Ravens 27
Prisco: This should be fun with Lamar Jackson going against Russell Wilson. Both teams have been defensive-oriented in their recent pasts, but these two are now about the offenses. This should be a fun offensive shootout, but Wilson will get the best of it as he continues his MVP season.
Brady Henderson, ESPN.com: Seahawks 27, Ravens 23
Henderson: Can Russell Wilson continue his scorching start against Earl Thomas III, Marcus Peters and the Ravens' secondary? And what kind of reaction will Thomas get at CenturyLink Field given how much he meant to the Seahawks during his nine seasons in Seattle but also how poorly that relationship ended last season? It's shaping up as an exciting showdown in Seattle.
Jamison Hensley, ESPN.com: Seahawks 31, Ravens 26
Hensley's Bold Prediction: Wilson throws for more than 300 yards and three touchdowns, taking advantage of Baltimore's aggressiveness. The Ravens blitz at the highest rate in the NFL (45%), but Wilson completes a league-best 73% of his passes against the blitz.
Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com: Ravens 34, Seahawks 31
Rosenthal: It is disarming to see a Ravens-Seahawks game as a matchup of top-five offenses and mediocre defenses. Lamar Jackson and Russell Wilson are the top two fantasy quarterbacks in the land, while Marquise Brown -- who missed last week's game but could return from an ankle injury vs. Seattle -- and DK Metcalf are two of the top three rookie receivers in yardage. The end-of-days stuff continues with Earl Thomas heading to town in a visiting uniform, surely eager to salute Pete Carroll in a different manner than the last time he was in the stadium. The Seahawks have played four games that came down to the final couple minutes this year and won all of them, a spate of luck that seems destined to run out.
Michael David-Smith, ProFootballTalk.com: Seahawks 24, Ravens 23
MDS: This should be an outstanding game and I’ve gone back and forth on who I’m picking, but I’m going to have to take the home team.
Mike Florio, ProFootballTalk.com: Seahawks 31, Ravens 27
Florio: A couple of teams with a reputation for defense have potent offenses. Seattle’s is more potent.
Todd Haislop, Sporting News: Ravens 35, Seahawks 30
Haislop: If not for the marquee associated with Cowboys vs. Eagles, this, a matchup of true contenders with exciting, MVP-caliber quarterbacks, would be the game of the week. Neither Baltimore nor Seattle is as great defensively as its brand suggests, especially against the pass, so the team that does a better job hiding its weakness will have the edge. The Ravens, spearheaded by Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram, are better equipped to keep the ball moving with a balanced attack to offset the brilliance of Russell Wilson.
Jim Moore, 710Sports.com: Ravens 41, Seahawks 34
Moore: I don’t think we’re going to see many punts in this game – I’d put the over-under at 5 1/2 and probably take the under. I feel like both defenses are comparably below average, but the Ravens have the better offense, rating No. 1 in the league in total yards (451 per game), rushing (205) and points (30.7). That will be the difference in a high-scoring affair at Century Link Field.
Adam Jude, Seattle Times: Ravens 34, Seahawks 32
Jude: While it seems illogical, if not downright insane, to pick against Russell Wilson right now, the Ravens present unique challenges on both sides of the ball — with Lamar Jackson’s ability to break a defense with his arm and his legs, and with Baltimore’s ultra-aggressive pass rush. And Earl Thomas, no doubt, will come in with something to prove, hoping to show the Seahawks that he hasn’t lost his edge.
Larry Stone, Seattle Times: Seahawks 24, Ravens 21
Stone: Of course it’s going to be close – the Seahawks know no other way. And it’s going to be highly charged, with Earl Thomas making his return to Seattle with the Ravens. I went back and forth on this one. Lamar Jackson will be a huge challenge for the Seahawks defense, but in the end I gave the slight nod to the home team.
Matt Calkins, Seattle Times: Ravens 26, Seahawks 24
Calkins: Last week I promised rhyming if the Seahawks beat the Browns. I was sure I’d beat my coworkers, all of which are clowns. But they were right and I was wrong, so I’ll give them their due. I’ll be on top Sunday, though — Baltimore by 2.
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