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Raven’s Flock: Week 13 Preview – The True Test for a Super Bowl

Raven’s Flock: Week 13 Preview – The True Test for a Super Bowl

82-14. That’s what the Ravens and 49ers point spread was against their opponents, the rams and packers, in week 12. Both teams just wrapped up huge victories against teams that were considered playoff contenders this year. Now the 49ers (10-1) are headed to Baltimore to take on the (9-2) Ravens on what is one of the most highly anticipated games for this season.

Ravens Dominate the Rams

In Week 12 the Rams were absolutely dominated from the start. The Ravens ran down the field for a first possession touchdown, rushing 6 times for 43 yards. And with the explosive running starting early, the whole playbook opened up for Harbaugh and his offense. Marcus Peters was having a day playing his former team and was not quiet about it. With an interception in the game he made it known how he felt being traded for Jalen Ramsey. The defense held up their end by only allowing 221 yards and six points as it looks like the Rams are continuing to lose confidence in Jared Goff.

MVP Chants Continue for Lamar Jackson

It was another highlight filled night for Lamar Jackson. The NFL leader in passing touchdowns found another 5 touchdowns in the air along with 169 yards on Monday Night. However, what was really blowing everyone away was another game of Lamar’s rushing. Jackson, even with bruising the Rams with his arm, found 95 yards rushing to continue his track to beat the QB rushing record currently held by Michael Vick at 1039 yards. Jackson is continuing to break records this season. This week he was announced as Maddens new Speed record for QB at 96. Michael Vick presented LJ with ceremonial cleats to officially pass the torch from one generation to another. With this offense other teams 202-64 in the last five games, it’s no wonder the MVP chants have continued.

7th Meeting In Franchise History

This NFC v AFC matchup is heading into its 7th meeting. We saw the Ravens 49ers Super Bowl not too long ago in the 2013 season and it’s likely at least one of these two power houses, if not both, are finding themselves in Miami for Super Bowl LIV.

49ers Underdog

It’s interesting to see a 10-1 team find themselves the underdogs to a game. So interesting it’s the first time since 2007 where a team that’s 10-1 is not the favorite, dating back over a decade ago with the Packers Cowboys matchup. But can you bet against a team with the leading MVP candidate guiding them down the field? A team so dominate that they averaged a 28 point spread between playoff contenders in the AFC such as the Texans, Patriots, and Seahawks? I wouldn’t be against this team either.

Fantasy Outlook

Lamar Jackson

There’s no way you can bench him. If you have this man rostered you’d look like a fool to not play him even with the defensive matchup that he has with San Francisco. The day of the game is calling for bad weather so I don’t believe it will be a pass heavy day. The 49ers have allowed their biggest performances against Kyler Murray and his mobility. They’ve allowed 5.79 yards per carry to quarterbacks. So this may be a game where Jackson is going to use his legs more often than not. Keep the hot hand in and let the soon-to-be MVP does what he does.

Mark Ingram and Gus Edwards

Harbaugh should be game planning to absolutely feeding Mark Ingram especially with the weather. I expect Mark Ingram to get a heavy workload and tally up some carries and yards with a defense that isn’t too hot on the run. Mark Ingram remains a RB1.

Gus Edwards is a guy that may prove to be helpful in deeper league formats. They’ll have a rotation in place to keep Ingram fresh, so expect him to have a higher snap count than usual. More opportunity usually means more points, so Edwards may be able to find a spot in your flex.

Receiving Group (Brown/Snead/Roberts)

We talked last week about how Brown was a boom or bust that was touchdown dependent. And with him hauling in two touchdowns near the goal line to start the game he was booming in Week 12. However looking into this game; I don’t expect the Ravens to be throwing as much. And the way the 49ers play the zone they keep everything in front of them. The Receiver Group in general will be a low floor and high ceiling that is super dependent on Jackson to continue to throwing passing touchdowns. Given the situation I would only consider Brown in my lineups as a flex.

Mark Andrews

The 49ers can shut tight ends down. They’ve allowed the lowest points per reception and 3rd lowest on touchdowns. However Lamar still can find Andrews with his positioning to move the sticks. With how inconsistent Tight Ends have been this year I would roll the dice on Andrews but don’t expect a huge performance.


It will be interesting to see how this defensive game turnouts. The 49ers have showed that they can run or throw at different times of the season but just not both at the same time. With the Ravens defense still trending up I expect a big game from them and would keep them in the lineups.

Bold Prediction

With the weather in Baltimore expected to the be rainy I expect a smash mouth game. A lot of down hill running and just passing to move the chains. I still think the Ravens get the job done and signify that they are a Super Bowl worthy team. It will be a slow start to the game but Ravens will find their stride and with Jackson moving his legs he will create enough holes in the secondary to start using his arm too. Jimmy G is going to find his offense playing catch up most of the game. The 49ers will keep up but a big play will keep them separated from the Ravens. I got the Ravens moving to 10-2 with a win in Baltimore 31-24.

Raven’s Flock: Week 13 Preview – The True Test for a Super Bowl

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