The Seattle Seahawks are locked in a tough fight for top spot in the NFC West. While Seattle has won 14 of its last 15 home games versus AFC opponents overall, they’re now hosting a division leader as the AFC North’s Baltimore Ravens visit.
Baltimore has failed to cover the point spread in five straight games, but can they edge the Seahawks in Week 7 – or at least cover?
- Opening Line: Seattle -4
- Current Line: Seattle -3.5
- Over/Under: 50.5
- Location: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington
- Start Time: 4:25 PM ET
- Last Meeting: Seahawks 35 at Ravens 6
The Ravens will need another strong performance from Lamar Jackson both on the ground and through the air in order to have a shot this week. Jackson ran for a career-high 152 yards and a touchdown in last week’s 23-17 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. He also threw for 236 yards. Baltimore is that much more dangerous when Jackson and running back Mark Ingram are breaking off big runs. Wide receivers Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin have highlight-reel potential, but the Ravens will need to connect with more big plays involving them in order to keep up with a team like the Seahawks on the road. And it looks like they could be without Brown again. The passing game has faded in recent weeks, averaging 214.7 yards per game over the last three weeks versus 287.7 in the first three games. Jackson didn’t throw a single pick in the first three games while tossing five touchdowns. He has four touchdowns and five picks in the last three games.
The Ravens’ defense has also struggled of late, which is partially what precipitated the trade for cornerback Marcus Peters. He should step right into the lineup for Baltimore after he was acquired in a trade on Tuesday. Only seven other teams are allowing more passing yards per game than the Ravens.
Meanwhile, Russell Wilson has solidified his position as the MVP frontrunner with a passer rating over 100 in six straight games to open the season. Wilson has thrown for 1,704 yards and 14 touchdowns without throwing a single interception. With Wilson playing at an elite level, Seattle is back in the mix among the NFC teams with legitimate Super Bowl aspirations. This will be a tough test for a Seahawks defense that has allowed 24.3 points per game so far this season. Seattle brought in Ezekiel Ansah and Jadeveon Clowney to bolster its pass rush. They’ve struggled to get home, though, as the Seahawks have just 10 sacks on the year, sixth-fewest in the NFL. Those two, in particular, will need strong performances at home this week in order to get the job done.
- Baltimore is 3-10 ATS in last 13 vs. NFC opponents
- Ravens are 0-5 ATS in last 5 games overall
- Seattle is 14-1 SU in last 15 home games vs. AFC opponents
- Seahawks have won 3 straight vs. Ravens
It feels like the Ravens are trending down and the Seahawks are trending up. Baltimore is 4-2, but they are coming off tight wins over the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers, and that was after getting blown out at home by the Cleveland Browns. Meanwhile, Seattle is coming off impressive wins over the Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, and Cleveland Browns.
Interestingly enough, though, other than the Cardinals win, all of the Seahawks games have been close. Their biggest win outside of the Cardinals was by four points. I’m expecting more of the same here as they’ll probably gut out a win, but the Ravens should cover.
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