Here’s how The Baltimore Sun sports staff views the outcome of Sunday afternoon’s Week 3 game between the Ravens (1-1) and Detroit Lions (0-2) at Ford Field:
Jonas Shaffer, reporter
Ravens 30, Lions 21: This is a game the Ravens defense can’t lose, because the Lions defense shouldn’t scare anyone. If his offensive line holds up, quarterback Lamar Jackson should have his way through the air and on the ground. Detroit’s ground game gives it some hope, but the Ravens have looked far more competent up front than in their secondary.
Mike Preston, columnist
Ravens 33, Lions 20: The Lions are so bad that the Ravens might have a letdown, but they won’t go that low. Look for the Lions to put up a fight for about three quarters before the Ravens wear them down in the end.
Childs Walker, reporter
Ravens 30, Lions 17: The Lions have run the ball well and flashed signs of becoming a competent offensive team with Jared Goff at quarterback, but they’re ill-equipped to keep up with the Ravens’ run-first juggernaut for four quarters. The Ravens have not slipped up against lower-tier opponents with Lamar Jackson at quarterback, and they won’t start in Detroit.
Ryan McFadden, reporter
Ravens 28, Lions 14: The Ravens’ momentum from their victory against the Chiefs will carry into their Week 3 matchup against the Lions. The Ravens will have a hard time handling tight end T.J. Hockenson, but Lamar Jackson and Baltimore’s running game will overpower Detroit. I don’t expect the Ravens to need Justin Tucker to kick a game-winning 61-yard field goal this time at Ford Field.
C.J. Doon, editor
Ravens 35, Lions 13: The Ravens look like legitimate AFC contenders, while the Lions have an 18.9% chance of finishing with the worst record in the league, according to ESPN. First-year coach Dan Campbell is trying to change the culture in Detroit, but with Jared Goff at quarterback, there’s only so much winning he can do. Expect Lamar Jackson and the Ravens to run all over a defense that ranks last in the league in efficiency, according to Football Outsiders, and is relying on an inexperienced group of cornerbacks.
Tim Schwartz, editor
Ravens 34, Lions 21: Lamar Jackson and Co. must be feeling pretty good about themselves after Sunday night’s performance against the Chiefs. Momentum is a powerful thing in the NFL, and for a team with as much swag as Baltimore has, expect an easy win and for the Ravens to cover Sunday in Detroit with the Lions coming off a short week. Quarterback Jared Goff turned some heads in the first half Monday night in Green Bay, but turnovers came in bunches in the second. The Ravens will capitalize on such mistakes, as the Packers did. That’s what good teams do.