Detroit News predictions: Lions vs. Ravens
James Hawkins, John Niyo, Justin Rogers and Bob Wojnowski of The Detroit News offer predictions for Sunday's Lions-Ravens game at Ford Field (CBS/97.1).
► James Hawkins: The Lions had a strong finish against the 49ers and a solid first half against the Packers. With the Lamar Jackson show coming to town, they’re going to need to put together more than a sound 30 minutes to keep pace with the Ravens. But trying to contain Jackson for four quarters is a big ask and his legs will be the difference in this one. Ravens, 30-20
► John Niyo: The Lions have allowed 30-plus points in eight consecutive games dating to last season. That’s an NFL record. Lamar Jackson and the Ravens are more than capable of adding to it. But with two teams looking to run — and run some more — maybe that streak ends here. But the Lions’ winless start will not. Ravens, 27-20
► Justin Rogers: The Lions' defense isn't progressing as quickly as hoped, which is bad news with the Ravens' dynamic offense coming to town. It figures to be a long afternoon for the youthful unit, requiring the offense to get out of their comfort zone and play keep-up. While that group showed promise in the first half against Green Bay, and the Ravens are shorthanded after a small COVID outbreak, it's tough to count on 30-plus points from Jared Goff and company. Ravens, 33-23
► Bob Wojnowski: The Lions shuffled their defense and added another rookie, Derrick Barnes, and they’ll need those fresh legs to chase down You Know Who. Lamar Jackson is the Ravens’ leading passer, leading rusher, leading-touchdown-maker and leading havoc-raiser. All that action can lead to turnovers, and he’ll take a sack or fumble. For the Lions to have any chance, they need to hammer Jamaal Williams and D’Andre Swift behind a strong offensive line. The defense won’t stop the Ravens, but if they do some ball-hawking, they could force turnovers to keep it close. Ravens, 36-21