The Seahawks are back on the road this weekend for a tough test against the AFC North-leading Baltimore Ravens, who head into the game with a 6-2 record. To get you ready for this week's game, Seahawks.com asked five questions of Baltimore Ravens.com staff writer Clifton Brown to help you learn more about Sunday's opponent:
Baltimore's offensive numbers are improved from last year and Lamar Jackson is off to a great start, are the improvements the result of what new offensive coordinator Todd Monken is doing or are other factors at play?
Brown: I think it's a combination of factors. Most of the credit goes to Lamar. He's throwing more accurately than ever, and the addition of Zay Flowers, Odell Beckham Jr. and Nelson Agholor give Jackson the deepest group of receivers he's ever had. Meanwhile, Monken has given Lamar more freedom to change calls at the line of scrimmage and he's making good decisions.
He has only been there for about a full year now, but what has Roquan Smith done to elevate an already good defense since arriving in a trade last year?
Brown: Roquan's a great player and a great leader. Playing next to Patrick Queen has helped elevate both of their games, and Smith's intensity is contagious. He'd be a great fit for almost any defense, but joining this one seems like a prefect pairing.
How did Geno Stone, a former seventh-round pick, go from starting eight games in his career in his first three seasons to leading the NFL in interceptions this year?
Brown: Nobody saw five interceptions coming from Geno, but he has steadily improved every year and few players on the team work harder. The amount of pressure the Ravens are getting with their pass rush is forcing quarterbacks into mistakes, and Stone has capitalized on his opportunities. Not only does he have excellent anticipation, he has reliable hands for a safety.
Aside from the obvious big names, what player or players could be X-factors in this game for the Ravens?
Brown: I think Gus Edwards is an X-factor on offense. He's been running well lately and if he gets over 80 yards, the Ravens will be tough to beat. On defense, watch Justin Madubuike. He's an emerging star at defensive tackle.
What matchup or matchups are you most looking forward to seeing play out on Sunday?
Brown: I'd say the Seahawks' trio of receivers against the Ravens' secondary. Baltimore needs to keep Metcalf, Lockett, and Smith-Njigba from making big plays.
The Seahawks and Ravens face off on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023. Kickoff is set for 10:00 a.m. PT. Take a look back through history at the Seahawks' matchups against the Ravens.