Ravens vs. Patriots scouting report for Week 3: Who has the edge?

The Ravens will try to get back on track after their epic collapse against the Miami Dolphins. The New England Patriots aren’t the titanic opponent they were a few years ago, but they still have a stingy defense and the greatest coach of all time in Bill Belichick. Who has the advantage going into Week 3?

Ravens passing game vs. Patriots pass defense

The Ravens wasted one of the best passing performances of Lamar Jackson’s career (21 of 29, 318 yards, 3 TD) in their 42-38 loss to the Dolphins. Jackson benefited from a clean pocket created by the Ravens’ offensive line, and he was sharp on both timing and touch passes. His top two targets, wide receiver Rashod Bateman and tight end Mark Andrews, both surpassed 100 yards against Miami, and Bateman has established himself as a deep threat with touchdown catches of 55 and 75 yards in the first two weeks. The 2021 first-round draft pick is a chore for any cornerback to cover because of his quick, clean releases from the line of scrimmage. Devin Duvernay, who cleared concussion protocol and returned to practice Friday, has emerged as an efficient No. 2 wide receiver, with six catches on six targets in the first two games. The Ravens also got rookie tight end Isaiah Likely going (4 catches on 5 targets, 43 yards) against Miami after he was shut out in his debut. Through two games, Jackson has taken two sacks for a combined loss of 2 yards and thrown one interception, significant improvements on his performance from 2021. He wore a padded sleeve on his right elbow in practice Wednesday and was listed as a limited participant but said he will play Sunday.

The Patriots said goodbye to their top cornerback, J.C. Jackson, in the offseason, and incumbent starter Jalen Mills, who is questionable with a hamstring injury, has played poorly in the first two weeks. But Belichick usually finds a way. New England ranked second in pass defense last season and ranks ninth so far this year. The Patriots also lost to the Dolphins but performed better against Tua Tagovailoa In Week 1 than the Ravens did in Week 2. They have blitzed on 30% of dropbacks, up from 23% last year. Former Ravens outside linebacker Matthew Judon is off to a strong start with two sacks and five quarterback hits. Defensive end Deatrich Wise Jr. has also played well.

EDGE: Ravens

Patriots passing game vs. Ravens pass defense

It’s difficult to say the Ravens have an advantage over any opponent after Tagovailoa’s passes sailed over their broken coverages to the tune of 199 fourth-quarter yards. Patriots second-year quarterback Mac Jones is off to a slow start, with just two touchdown passes and two interceptions. He ranks 26th in ESPN’s comprehensive QBR statistic. New England has invested heavily in its wide receivers and tight ends with mixed results to show for it. Wide receiver Jakobi Meyers has been Jones’ top target this year, with 13 catches for 150 yards, but he missed …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Sports


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