The Week 10 edition of Sunday Night Football features the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots. This has been a rivalry game to look forward to for over a decade now, but it has lost its luster in 2020. There is no more Tom Brady, and the Patriots are just trying to find a way into the postseason with a wildcard.
They might be still alive in the postseason race at 3-5 in the AFC East, but this isn’t a Patriots team built to go to the Super Bowl. It’s almost like they were doing their best to lose on purpose for the draft against the Jets on Monday night. The Jets are so bad that they couldn’t do it, though. The Patriots won on a last-second field goal for a 30-27 win.
The AFC East is well out of reach for the Patriots. This is a battle between the Bills and Dolphins for the first time in more than two decades. The Bills are currently up in the division with a record 7-2, while the Dolphins trail with a mark of 5-3.
Miami continues to show strides in the right direction, and is likely going to be a contender with Tua under center for the Dolphins. This could be a division between Josh Allen and Tua for years to come. We’ll have to see what Bill Belichick has up his sleeves, though. You can’t sleep on Bill just yet. The Ravens certainly can’t take the Patriots lightly in Foxborough on Sunday night.
The Ravens are coming off a 24-10 win over the Indianapolis Colts to advance to 6-2 on the season. It was a nice response after falling to the Steelers, 28-24. That was a big loss against the Steelers. Pittsburgh is still undefeated with a record of 8-0, while the Ravens are behind by two games in the AFC North. Head below for our free Ravens vs. Patriots prop picks for November 15, 2020.
Two mobile QBs.
Two very different ways of running the ball.
— Sunday Night Football (@SNFonNBC) November 13, 2020
Lamar Jackson Rushing Yards
There has been a call by some for the Ravens to change up their offense. It’s been too predictable for opposing defenses, with some even calling out what Ravens’ plays at the line pre-snap. That’s resulted in Lamar Jackson having to audible out and go with a different play. The 49ers fell apart when Colin Kaepernick was quarterback because of how predictable everything was.
When the offense was figured out, Kaepernick’s ability was neutralized. That said, Jackson is more of an athlete than Kaepernick. What happens when Jackson’s speed starts to deteriorate, though? That’s when the Ravens will really have to change up their offense. Right now, though, Jackson is still more than elusive and quick enough to do damage on his legs. Jackson has gained 469 yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground.
Jackson has gone over 52 yards rushing in three straight games for an average of 77 yards per game. He’s eclipsed 52 yards in six of his last seven outings. The Patriots have struggled against the run this season. The absence of Dont’a Hightower has been more than evident. New England is towards the back of the NFL with 131 yards conceded against the run. Jackson ran for 61 yards and 2 touchdowns last year against the Pats. Expect a similar performance on Sunday night.
Marquise Brown Receiving Yards
Marquise Brown is the No. 1 option for Lamar Jackson in the offense. Brown voiced his displeasure earlier in the season, though. It was only a couple of weeks ago that Brown was complaining on social media about a lack of targets. Jackson took the blame and indicated that he has to find ways to get Brown more involved in games. I’ve seen games where Lamar has just missed overthrown him or just missed, so that has been part of it as well.
In any case, Brown has still been solid with 417 yards and 2 touchdowns this year. There are other receivers in the NFL that would gladly take those numbers. Brown has had more than 50 yards receiving in four out of eight games this season. He’s gone over 50 yards in three of his previou five performances. If Stephon Gilmore were healthy, then I’d be leary of Brown having a productive night, but there’s a chance that he misses his third straight week with a knee injury. I will give Brown the nod to notch at least 45 yards receiving on Sunday night.
Cam Newton Passing Yards
Cam Newton could be better, but it’s difficult for him to do much given the talent he has to work with on this offense. The only bright sign I’ve seen from the Patriots this season has been the emergence of Damien Harris who has emerged as the No. 1 ball carrier. He will be playing with a chest injury on Sunday night, so Harris will not be at full health in the backfield for the Pats. That’s unfortunate because he’s been their most reliable offensive player in 2020.
Cam has been trying to make it work with a receiving core that is led by an aging Julian Edelman. Edelman would still be fine if there was some help on the outside, but that’s been absent from the Patriots. Even Tom Brady grew frustrated with the lack of separation from his receivers in his final season in New England. 24-year-old Jakobi Meyers has turned into the No. 1 option for Newton in the passing game. It’s difficult to imagine that any Patriots’ receiver is going to have a big game in this one versus the Ravens.
The Ravens are 10th in the NFL with 224.6 passing yards conceded per game. You would think it’d be easy for Newton to reach at least 200 yards through the air in this one, but that hasn’t been the case for him. Newton has reached over 200 yards passing in only two of seven outings. One against a terrible Seattle defense, and another against a terrible Jets’ defense. I can’t see him having a productive evening with the Ravens on the docket Sunday.