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What Pundits Expect in Ravens-Patriots Game, Week 3

Majority of experts expect ravens to prevail on the road

If the Ravens want to get back on the winning lane this Sunday after last week’s heartbreaking loss to the Miami Dolphins, they’ll have to do something the franchise has never done before: win a regular season game in New England.

The Ravens are 0-6 against the Patriots in Foxborough during the regular season (they have won two playoff games there).

At the last meeting between the two teams at Gillette Stadium two years ago, the 3-5 Patriots upset the 6-2 Ravens, 23-17, in a windy rainstorm. The worst of the bad weather came late in the fourth quarter as Lamar Jackson and the Ravens attack took the field for a potential game-tying match.

“I’ll say the weather played a big part last time we played,” Jackson said this week. “Every time we got up and attacked, it rained heavily; you can’t even throw the ball through this rain, you can’t run the ball, you probably can’t even see your opponent if you try to make him miss. But hopefully the weather will be perfect.’

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It may not be perfect, but it’s probably better. The weather forecast for Sunday afternoon in Foxborough calls for clouds with a slight chance of a shower.

On the game side, an overwhelming majority of pundits predict a win for the Ravens, who are the preferred three-pointer. Of the 50 pundits we looked at, 46 chose Baltimore (1-1) to spoil the home opener for New England (1-1).

Here’s an example of what the experts are saying about the game:

The Ravens will win because they are the better team overall.

Matt Verderame from Fansided: “The Ravens need to recover from that miserable fourth quarter disaster on Sunday, and they should, as they are more talented than New England in all three phases.”

Jackson will lead the Ravens to victory.

Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com: “The Patriots’ defense has only given up two touchdowns in as many weeks, leaving them with few mental mistakes. But… Lamar Jackson is that guy who makes a solid New England defense look crazy even at the best of times .”

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Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk: “Lamar Jackson is playing his best football right now and he’s going to a big game in New England.”

CJ Doon of the Baltimore Sun: “If quarterback Lamar Jackson continues to play at an MVP level, it will take another fourth-quarter collapse—or maybe another New England monsoon—before the Ravens lose.”

The Ravens defense will bounce back against a Patriots attack that scored just 24 points, which is 29th.

Jamison Hensley of ESPN: Bold Prediction: The Ravens will bounce back and keep the Patriots under 10 points after last week’s fourth quarter collapse. Under coach John Harbaugh, Baltimore has shown perseverance, giving up an average of 19.5 points in the week after 40 or New England quarterback Mac Jones has eclipsed 20 points in three of his last eight starts (including playoffs), and the Patriots’ 24 points are their fewest in two games since 2001 (20).

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Vinnie Iyer of Sporting News: “The Patriots don’t have the receivers to prevent the Ravens’ secondary slump and Mac Jones isn’t getting what he needs from the hasty attack.”

The Ringer’s Sheil Kapadia: “[Wide receiver] Nelson Agholor delivered a nice 44-yard TD grab in their win against the Steelers last week. But their offense just doesn’t have much juice. I hate to counter [Patriots Head Coach] Bill Belichick as the home underdog and Jackson is playing with an elbow injury, but I think the Patriots will have a hard time here.”

Bleacher Report’s NFL staff: “Luckily for Baltimore, New England has expanded the defense on some stretches. Quarterback Mac Jones has only two touchdown passes with a few interceptions.”

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