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Ravens Vs. Saints: 3 Key Matchups to Watch

October 19, 2018 - 12:17 pm
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By Joe Schiller

The Baltimore Ravens have been nothing short of dominant on defense this season.

Following a 21-0 shutout win over the Tennessee Titans, they face one of their biggest tests this season: a matchup against Drew Brees and the Saints’ offense.

It’s the No. 1 offense vs. No. 1 defense – but one has to snap on Sunday afternoon.

Here are three key matchups you should be looking for.

 

Ravens’ Front-Seven vs. Mark Ingram/Alvin Kamara

There isn’t a better two-headed monster at running back than what the Saints possess in Ingram and Kamara. They compliment each other and give opposing defenses headaches week in and week out.

The Ravens were able to stop a similar combination last week in Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis but those two don’t even come close to the talent level of Ingram and Kamara. The front seven must do their best to stall the two backs in the first levels of the defense to avoid any big plays.


Marlon Humphrey vs. Michael Thomas

The Saints aren’t limited offensively, which is why their such a scary team in that regard. They also have one of the NFL’s brightest young receivers in Michael Thomas and the former second-rounder has already amassed over 500 yards this season, including a bye week. 

Thomas is far and away the top wide receiver threat and will see plenty of Marlon Humphrey throughout the game. Drew Brees is known to get the ball out extremely fast upon the snap, meaning Humphrey must be ready for quick and accurate throws his way.

 

Lamar Jackson vs. Taysom Hill

Lamar Jackson seems to be comfortable in his role this season and the rookie almost found the end zone for the first time last week on a power zone read to the outside. Like every week, he’ll be an impending threat to defenses but the Ravens aren’t the only team regularly utilizing a backup quarterback.

Taysom Hill provides a similar red zone threat and the former BYU product has been effective for the Saints this season. He’s nowhere near the talent of Jackson by any means but still a player that’s done damage to opposing defenses.