Coming off a thrilling win over their biggest rivals, the last thing the Baltimore Ravens need is another letdown against an inferior opponent.
The Ravens are vying for their third consecutive win Sunday against a Seattle Seahawks squad hoping to avoid their first-four game losing streak in almost two years.
Trailing Pittsburgh 20-16 with 2:24 remaining last Sunday night, Baltimore drove 92 yards, capping a 13-play drive when quarterback Joe Flacco hit rookie wide receiver Torrey Smith on a 26-yard pass in the end zone with just eight seconds for a stunning 23-20 victory at Heinz Field.
The win completed a season sweep of Pittsburgh and now leaves the team tied atop the AFC North with another 6-2 team, the Cincinnati Bengals.
Over the Ravens’ past two games, Flacco has complied 636 passing yards, including 238 after halftime in rallying Baltimore from an 18-point deficit against Arizona two weeks ago.
As for Smith, he’s quickly asserted himself becoming one of Flacco’s favorite targets, hauling in eight receptions for 128 yards over the last two contests.
The one area of concern right now with the Ravens, if there is any, has been stopping the opposition of late. Despite winning the past two weeks, the Ravens have allowed a combined 47 points to the Cardinals and Steelers after yielding just 47 its previous four games.
Overall, the Ravens defense ranks second in the NFL allowing just 279.4 yards per game. However, last Sunday, the defense yielded a season high 392 yards to the Steelers.
The defensive unit has a golden opportunity to get back on track against the Seahawks, who have been outscored 63-28 during their current three-game slide.
Seattle has struggled to find the end zone during the three-game skid. In fact, the Seahawks have scored just two touchdowns in their last three games. Both have come on the strength of running back Marshawn Lynch, who scored late in last Sunday’s 23-13 loss at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys.
Turnovers and penalties have killed Seattle all season long. Seattle has committed 70 penalties through the first half of the season, which ranks them second in the league behind the Oakland Raiders’ 84. With their 10 penalties in Dallas, the Seahawks have committed 29 over the last three games and at least eight in six games this season.
Tarvaris Jackson, who is in his first season as the Seahawks signal caller, threw three interceptions against the Cowboys to increase Seattle’s turnover total to 12 over the last five games.
Kickoff is set for 4:05 p.m. eastern time and the game can be seen on CBS.