The 5-2 Seattle Seahawks are on the road this week to take on the 6-2 Baltimore Ravens as both teams look to keep their winning streaks alive. Get Seahawks vs. Ravens odds, predictions, best bets, and more below.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Baltimore Ravens Preview & Prediction
Seattle Seahawks vs. Baltimore Ravens Prediction & Best Bet: Over 46 points
At 6-2, the Ravens are leading the AFC North and are tied for first in the AFC, marking themselves as one of the AFC favorites early on. They currently rank first in the league in DVOA.
This Ravens defense is the most glaring advantage that Baltimore has over Seattle. Ranked first in defensive DVOA and pass defense DVOA, they have wreaked havoc on offenses in their first eight games. They lead the league in sacks (31), rank third in opposing passer rating, and have recorded the fourth-most interceptions (8) while allowing less than ten touchdowns on the year. This unit will test the Seahawks’ offense more than any opponent they’ve faced all year.
Lamar Jackson is playing near MVP-level football and has led the offense to scoring a combined 69 points over their last two games. Between an offense firing on all cylinders and a strong defense, this Ravens team has the second-highest point differential in the league (+81). Simply put, they pass well, run well, and defend well. They are arguably the best team in football right now.
Geno Smith has thrown five interceptions in his last three games (a number he didn’t reach until Week 12 last year), which is uncharacteristic for one of the league’s most accurate passers. The Hawks are ranked ninth in offensive DVOA and have weapons all over the field, but they’ll need to be at their best to outperform this Ravens defense.
Defensively, Seattle has improved every game, and both their secondary and front seven have kept them in games when their offense isn’t firing. They rank eighth in rush defense DVOA and tenth in pass defense EPA. Veteran pass rusher Frank Clark joined their roster this last week, giving them depth in their pass rush that ranks fifth in total sacks and ninth in defensive pressure rate.
Seattle has found ways all year to win and/or stay in games, good, bad, or ugly, so this should be a competitive and physical game. The Ravens should come out on top, but I’m not convinced they’ll cover a 6-point spread after giving up 24 points to the Cardinals offense last week. There is little value in betting on the Baltimore moneyline, so I’m betting on Jackson to put points up and this versatile Seahawks offense to keep it close. Take the over on points.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Baltimore Ravens Betting Odds
Most sportsbooks have the Ravens as 5.5 to 6-point favorites in this matchup, which is one of the highest spreads in Week 9. The over/under is between 43 and 44 points.
Seahawks vs Ravens Key Injuries
Seattle lost their best pass rusher in Uchenna Nwosu for the season last week, but that void is expected to be filled by the addition of Frank Clark. They are otherwise healthy except for tackle Abraham Lucas, who has been on the IR since Week 2.
The Ravens have been lucky this year as far as injuries come. Several starters are questionable with various ailments, but none have been ruled out for the game.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Baltimore Ravens Key Matchups
Check out the key matchups and mismatches for the Seahawks vs. Ravens game below.
Baltimore run game vs. Seahawks front seven
Baltimore runs the ball more than any team in the league – between Lamar Jackson and Gus Edwards, they have one of the league’s most dynamic running offenses. Edwards is coming off an explosive game versus Arizona, where he racked up a season-high 80 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Jackson is unsurprisingly leading all quarterbacks in rush yards and has the fifth-most rushing touchdowns among all position groups. These two and the rest of the running back room are ranked second in rush offense DVOA.
Seattle’s run defense has been one of the most surprising developments on Seattle’s team, especially compared to where they were last year. This front seven is holding opposing teams to under 100 yards per game (8th) and 3.6 yards per carry (3rd), but this week will be their most challenging test this year. This defense has a 39% opponent rush play percentage (ninth) but faces the offense with the highest rush play percentage in the league (50.1%).
Seahawks wide receivers vs. Baltimore secondary
The Ravens have one of the best, if not the best, secondaries and pass defenses in the league. They rank first in pass defense DVOA and hold opposing offenses to 176.1 pass yards per game (3rd) and 5.4 yards per pass attempt (1st).
They’re facing the seventh-ranked offense in passing DVOA and fourth-ranked in success rate. Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf carry the bulk of the workload amongst receivers. Still, the recent emergence of rookies Jaxon-Smith Njigba and Jake Bobo has provided them some versatility, especially in the red zone. This could be an excellent matchup or a considerable mismatch, depending on how Geno Smith appears on Sunday.