Staff picks for Ravens-49ers

The Baltimore Sun's experts predict the outcome of the Ravens' game against the San Francisco 49ers.

RAVENS (1-4) AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (1-4), Sunday, 4:25 p.m., CBS

Jennifer Badie
Sports Content Editor
Prediction: 49ers 23, Ravens 20
Comment: With the way the season is going for both teams, Super Bowl XLVII seems like a lifetime ago. Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith will be hyped to face their former team's less-than-stellar secondary, and the Ravens will lose yet another close game in heartbreaking fashion.


Jon Meoli
Ravens Beat Writer
Prediction: Ravens 30, 49ers 24
Comment: Maybe I’m just being naïve, but this is a winnable game on a schedule in which it looks like there will be increasingly few. Expect a bounce-back day from Joe Flacco after he was largely held in check by the Browns.


Mike Preston
Ravens Columnist
Prediction: 49ers 27, Ravens 21
Comment: Colin Kaepernick is struggling, but the Ravens have made a lot of quarterbacks the star of the week after playing against them. This game is on the West Coast, and it's hard picking a team that lost to the Raiders and Browns in the same season.


Alexander Pyles
Ravens Editor
Prediction: 49ers 24, Ravens 20
Comment: The Ravens have to go back to the West Coast, where they’re 0-2 this season, and somehow cover speedy Torrey Smith and tough-as-nails Anquan Boldin in the fourth quarter to win this game. There’s not much evidence that suggests they can do that.


Peter Schmuck
Prediction: Ravens 26, 49ers 23
Comment: Though the 49ers showed some spunk against the Giants on the road Sunday, the Ravens have enough defense to stop their 15-points-per-game attack. Even though most everyone has given up on them already, this really is a moment of truth.


Childs Walker
Prediction: Ravens 27, 49ers 24
Comment: This is one of the toughest games of the week to pick, but not all 1-4 teams are created equal. The Ravens have been outscored by 14 points overall, while the 49ers have been outscored by 65. I'm trusting what the stats tell me.


Jeff Zrebiec
Ravens Beat Writer
Prediction: 49ers 23, Ravens 16
Comment: The 49ers aren't very good, but the Ravens have spent the early part of the season making their opponents look much better than they actually are. Injuries, red-zone issues and a lack of execution down the stretch will doom the Ravens again.


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