Seattle Seahawks vs. Baltimore Ravens
The Seattle Seahawks look to end their three game losing streak as they host the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens are -7.5 favorites over the Seahawks with an over/under point total set at 41.
The Seattle Seahawks were a playoff team a year ago but in year two of the Pete Carroll era it looks like they have taken a step backwards. Tarvarius Jackson is the starter at QB and there has been a significant drop off there from last season as Jackson has completed 60.4 percent of his passes with six touchdowns but he has nine interceptions. Marshawn Lynch is averaging 4.1 yards per carry and he has four touchdowns and Justin Forsett is offering no relief averaging just 2.7 yards per carry. Doug Baldwin is Seattle’s leading receiver with 28 catches and two touchdowns, Sidney Rice has 27 catches, and Ben Obamanu has 23 grabs. The Seahawks defense has just 13 sacks with six fumble recoveries and eight interceptions. Earl Thomas leads the team with 55 tackles followed by Kam Chancellor and Leroy Hill both with 50 and Chancellor also has three interceptions. Sometimes teams need to take a step back before they can move forward but Seattle is discovering they don’t have a viable answer at QB and it will be tough to win without one.
The Baltimore Ravens are coming off of their biggest win of the year as they rallied to stun the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night but all that did was give the Ravens a tie atop the AFC North with the Cincinnati Bengals. The Ravens have followed up other big wins this season with disappointing road losses and they will look to avoid the letdown once again in what is known as a tough stadium for visitors. QB Joe Flacco’s numbers look anything like those of a contender as he’s completed 54.7 percent of his passes with nine touchdowns and six interceptions. Ray Rice is averaging 4.0 yards per carry as defenses key on him with the passing game struggles and Ricky Williams is averaging 4.4 yards per carry playing sparingly. Anquan Boldin has 41 catches, Rice has 38, and it was Torrey Smith who was the hero last week catching the game winner against Pittsburgh, his fourth touchdown of the year. The Ravens defense has 26 sacks, 14 fumble recoveries, and eight interceptions giving them a plus four turnover differential. Ray Lewis has 60 tackles, Lardarius Webb has 44, and Terrell Suggs has six sacks. The Ravens look to be one of the best in the AFC this season as they gear up for a second half they hope lands them with home field advantage in the playoffs.
Seattle is 4-1 against the spread in their last five home games, 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six games overall, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games against a team with a winning record. Baltimore is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven road games against a team with a losing home record, 5-2 against the spread as a road favorite, and 1-4 against the spread against a team with a losing record.
The total is set at 41 and with two offenses who struggle at times and two defenses who can rise to the occasion I look for this to fall well short of that number.