Denver Broncos: AFC West Week Twelve Picks
Raiders @ Ravens
It has been a very bad year for the Oakland Raiders. Before the season even started, they traded away their best defensive player in Khalil Mack. Then, they decided to send their star wideout Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys.
The Raiders have won just two games this season. It’s still early and the Raiders look to be in a rebuild mode, but signing Jon Gruden to a 10-year, $100 Million contract does not look very smart by the silver and black.
The Ravens are rolling with rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson again. Jackson went 13/19 for 150 yards and an interception through the air against the Cincinnati Bengals last week.
He also ran 26 times for 119 yards.
Oakland’s defense is absolutely horrendous. Jackson should be able to torch them through both the air and the ground and it should be an easy victory for Baltimore.
Ravens 24, Raiders 9
The Raiders are at 2-8 right now, and about to take a trip to Baltimore to take on the 5-5 Ravens. Joe Flacco isn’t starting, and the Ravens have been a very hot and cold team this year. IF the Raiders can actually get something going this week, they just might stand a chance.
The Ravens have the top rated defense in the league will give Oakland all they can handle. That paired with Baltimore’s 110 Rushing YPG against Oakland’s 140 Rushing YPG allowed, should make this an easy game for the Ravens.
If Oakland wants any shot at this game, the defense needs to step up. You are facing a backup quarterback. Force him to make mistakes, capitalize on the turn overs. The Raiders may have traded away their biggest weapons, but they still have Derek Carr, and he can make any game interesting.
I’m going to take the Ravens in this one.
Ravens 27, Raiders 13
The Raiders will try to notch their second win in a row against newly appointed quarterback Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens.
The Ravens have been up and down this year, but going against a struggling Raiders defense may give them a chance at momentum.
The Ravens will attack the Raiders on the ground. Gus Edwards will have another big game, and Lamar Jackson will post better numbers with the opening of the ground game.
He will throw the first touchdown pass of his career. The Ravens defense will force two turnovers, and the Ravens will win.
Ravens 20, Raiders 10