Streaking Seahawks Look To Remain Hot Versus Ravens On Sunday
The Seattle Seahawks have turned their season around with three straight wins to take over sole possession of the second NFC Wild Card spot. Now they get an excellent opportunity to keep the momentum going in Week 14. The Seahawks are set to visit a team that has been absolutely destroyed by injuries in the Baltimore Ravens and while nobody is giving the home team much of a chance, Russell Wilson and company understand they can’t afford to take their foot off the gas as they work towards reaching a level where they can challenge for a third straight NFL title and after that another Super Bowl.
Seattle Seahawks @ Baltimore Ravens
Sunday December 13, 2015 – 1:00 PM ET
NFL Betting Line: Seattle -9
What The Seahawks Will Have To Do To Win:
The Seahawks have won three straight and while nobody cared when they beat the San Francisco 49ers they have followed that victory up with notable wins over the a pair of playoff contenders in the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings to regain their edge. Now comes back-to-back games against AFC North teams in the Ravens and Cleveland Browns and while they might not be challenged as they were in previous weeks they have to continue to build on what they have done of late in order to continue to improve with the playoffs around the corner. Wilson has played his best football of the season over the last three games as he has completed 77-percent of his passes with 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Meanwhile, the Seattle defense has found its edge again including holding Adrian Peterson to 1.9 yards per carry against Minnesota last week. The Seahawks have more than enough weapons to go in to Baltimore and dominate this game so the key will be their ability to afford a letdown with everybody expecting them to earn a fourth straight win.
What The Ravens Will Have To Do To Win:
The Ravens will need a lot to happen in order to survive a date with Seattle and it makes sense to start with Matt Schaub not throwing pick-sixes. Schaub threw his second costly interception in as many games last week and it was the difference in a 15-13 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Baltimore deserves credit for not letting up the past couple of weeks despite missing Joe Flacco, Justin Forsett and Steve Smith among others but it will take more than that this week and it begins with not turning over the football. It would certainly help Schaub and the offense if the Ravens could get their rushing attack going with Javorius Allen to be leaned on again versus a dominant Seahawks’ front that just shut down AP last week. The Baltimore defense has limited opponents to 15 points or fewer in two of their last three games and they will likely have to continue that trend in order to even keep this game close.
Outlook & Pick
Seattle is 5-0 against teams with a losing record this season and has allowed an average of just 7.6 points again in those five contests. Combine that with the fact that they have played their best football over the past couple of weeks and there is every reason to think they will continue to dominate on the road this Sunday. Baltimore is 0-4-1 against the spread at home this season so while they were able to hang around with Cleveland and Miami over the past couple of weeks we don’t expect that to be the case again this weekend.
Pick: Seattle -9