Even coach Bill Belichick would not have expected his 2020 NFL campaign with the New England Patriots to turn out the way it has. With 3 wins and 5 losses, the Pats are 3rd in the AFC East Division table. They are trailed only by Adam Gase’s New York Jets who are winless in 9 games.
Meanwhile, the Lamar Jackson-led Baltimore Ravens are 6-2 heading into Week 10. Their only losses this season have come at the hands of reigning Super Bowl champions, Kansas City Chiefs, and the unbeaten Pittsburgh Steelers.
Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week 10 Game Day predictions.
After a roller coaster of a season filled with changes, the Patriots find themselves at a crucial stage of their 2020 campaign. Cam Newton and Co. have a lot of catching up to do with 8 games left to play. Sunday’s game against a top-notch Baltimore Ravens outfit is a must-win clash for the Patriots.
With Julian Edelman still doubtful for this Week 10 fixture, WRs Jakobi Myers and Damiere Byrd will take center stage at the Gillette Stadium.
Myers had an impressive outing last week against the Jets. On 12 receptions, he registered 169 yards as the Patriots won by a narrow 3-point margin. Let’s hope they can repeat the same performance against the Ravens tomorrow.
It is obvious that reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson has not quite hit his stride, just yet. He has thrown for 1,500+ yards and rushed for 450+ more. However, he has failed to make a mark in big games as mentioned above.
This weekend’s clash against Bill Belichick and the Patriots will be the perfect occasion for Jackson to silence his doubters. Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh will want his players to put up a dominant display, just like they did against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 9.
In the absence of Calais Campbell, the Ravens defense will have to rely on Marcus Peters, Patrick Queen, and Chuck Clark.
LB Ja’Whaun Bentley – Groin
S Terrance Brooks – Illness
LB Shilique Calhoun – Knee
S Cody Davis – Calf
DB Kyle Dugger – Ankle
K Nick Folk – Back
CB Stephon Gilmore – Knee
DL Lawrence Guy – Shoulder/Elbow/Knee
RB Damien Harris – Ankle, chest
WR N’Keal Harry – Concussion
TE Ryan Izzo – Hamstring
CB Jonathan Jones – Illness
G Shaq Mason – Calf
DE John Simon – Elbow
G Joe Thuney – Ankle
DE Deatrich Wise – Knee/Hand
T Isaiah Wynn – Ankle
DE Calais Campbell (calf)
LB L.J. Fort – Finger
RB Mark Ingram II – Ankle
OLB Matthew Judon – Calf
CB Jimmy Smith – Ankle
Without star wide receiver Julian Edelman and probably CB Stephon Gilmore, we don’t see how this average New England team can defeat the dominant Ravens.
We expect Lamar Jackson to rip this hurting Patriots defense apart with comfortable ease. Who knows? He might just get back into the 2020 NFL MVP race.