49ers vs Ravens: Week 13 NFL Picks & Game Predictions
The Super Bowl is just two months off from Miami, however we all might be seeing a preview of that match on Sunday afternoon from Baltimore if the NFC top-seeded San Francisco 49ers take on the AFC No. 2 Ravens.
Needless to say, these franchises did play at the Super Bowl at New Orleans after the 2012 season and John Harbaugh’s Ravens defeat the 49ers 34-31 of Jim Harbaugh. Much left from both sides from back afterward — that the quarterbacks, for example, have been Joe Flacco (currently out wounded for now by Denver) and Colin Kaepernick (shunned by the NFL).
San Francisco is now the +225 favorite to win the NFC as things stand, and would be the NFC’s top seed. Baltimore is a +200 second-favorite to win the AFC behind New England (+110). The Ravens also are a game behind the Patriots in the standings but would win any tiebreaker.
The 49ers are in the midst of probably the toughest stretch for virtually any club that this season that is regular. The NFC North-leading Green Bay Packers blasted last Sunday night 37-8 have to visit NFC South-leading New Orleans at the match of Week 14 and then face the AFC North-leading Ravens and everything could determine the conference’s top seed.
San Francisco’s defense has handed as the NFL in terms of yards allowed, giving up just 248 per match New England’s. It is first in passing (136.9 ypg) and secondly at permitting 14.8 points per outing. That unit did some on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in that blowout victory as Rodgers had possibly the worst match of his profession in completing 20 of 33 for just 104 yards — that’s a measly 3.2 yards a week. Rodgers sacked 5 times and was under siege all evening, losing a fumble. He didn’t convert just one third down in 13 tries.
On the flip side, Jimmy Garoppolo had another strong game in completing 14 of 20 for 253 yards, two scores and no selections. The passer rating (145.8) and yards per attempt (12.7) were career highs for Garoppolo in a game he began. He travelled.
It helped Jimmy G got Pro Bowl tight end George Kittle straight from a two-game injury deficit as Kittle had six catches for 129 yards and a touchdown. In the previous four matches, Garoppolo is third in the NFL in passing yards (1,242), fourth in yards per attempt (8.39) and passer rating (109.7), and secondly in touchdown passes (11).
Not clear if the Niners will observe the return of running back Matt Breida from injury this week.
What else can be mentioned at this point concerning the Ravens’ revolutionary quarterback Lamar Jackson? He’s the crystal obvious MVP favorite in the top-rated sportsbooks of SBR and places a new documents . The Ravens eviscerated that the on Monday night.
Jackson was mind boggling, completing 15 of 20 for 169 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for 95 yards on just eight carries. He eventually also became the youngest player with numerous five-TD passing games in a year and the first player ever with to throw for at least 3,000 passing yards and rush for 1,500 yards in his first two NFL seasons. He’s also the first player in history with four passing TDs and 50 rushing yards in consecutive games. Amazingly, the Ravens have scored on 12 straight drives with Jackson under centre (10 TD, 2 FG). During that interval, Jackson eight touchdowns while running for 154 yards and is 31-of-39 for 379 yards death.
Baltimore is the first team in league history to win three successive matches in a year by at least 34 points. The Ravens have united the 1920 Buffalo All-Americans since the only teams in NFL history in a year with four wins by 34 points or more. The group was dominant of late that Jackson has not played at the fourth quarter of a game since Nov. 3.
This team has beaten four playoff clubs in last year in Seattle, New England, Houston and the Rams, by a normal margin of 26 points that year.
How great is this Sunday’s matchup? It is the very first in league history involving groups coming off 28-point wins vs. winning teams. I ran the average score and some computer simulations was Baltimore 27, San Francisco 20. It is one of those tough 10 a.m. Pacific time starts for the Niners.
Free NFL Pick: Ravens -5.5 (-113) at Pinnacle