Bron­cos, ‘Sur­vivor’ keep go­ing

Baltimore Sun - - RAVENS WEEKEND - By Mark Selig

Our weekly “Catch­ing up with ... ” fea­ture has a bye this week. In its place, we present the “7-on-7 drill,” a weekly look at all things NFL (and some things not) through seven lists of seven items apiece. 1. Bron­cos (4-0): Trevor Siemian’s in­jury and Pax­ton Lynch’s stel­lar re­lief work add a wrin­kle to a team that hasn’t lost since be­fore Christ­mas. 2. Vik­ings (4-0): In con­sec­u­tive weeks, this de­fense has ripped off the wings of typ­i­cal but­ter­flies Aaron Rodgers, Cam New­ton and Odell Beck­ham Jr. 3. Pa­tri­ots (3-1): Last week’s16-0 dud against the Bills won’t shake many Pa­tri­ots fans’ con­fi­dence, con­sid­er­ing a cer­tain Brazil­ian fash­ion model’s hus­band re­turns this week­end. 4. Steel­ers (3-1): Ben Roeth­lis­berger, An­to­nio Brown and Le’Veon Bell haven’t shared the field very of­ten re­cently. Re­sults are scary when they do. 5. Sea­hawks (3-1): They seem to have shaken off some early-sea­son stink, and can take a break with a bye this week. 6. Pack­ers (2-1): One of two teams with an early bye last week. Last time they had a Week 4 bye (in 2013), they won their next four games. 7. Fal­cons (3-1): Matt Ryan seemed to plateau, or even dip, the past cou­ple of sea­sons, but he’s lead­ing the league in pass­ing yards and touch­downs. 1. Browns (0-4): Is Louisville’s La­mar Jack­son el­i­gi­ble for the 2017 draft? No? They’d bet­ter save some los­ing for next year. 2. 49ers (1-3): NaVorro Bow­man is lost with a torn Achilles ten­don, which means the only rel­e­vant mo­ment this team will have is if Colin Kaeper­nick gets into a game. 3. Buc­ca­neers (1-3): They’ve been outscored by a league-worst 51 points this sea­son and have had to pause each of the past two games be­cause of storms. 4. Bears (1-3): No longer win­less, and their next two games are also winnable. 5. Dol­phins (1-3): What was uglier last week: their Cream­si­cle uni­forms or their per­for­mance against the Ben­gals? 6. Jaguars (1-3): In the past two sea­sons, the los­ing team in the game in Lon­don fired its coach upon ex­it­ing the plane. Gus Bradley got a win and kept his job. 7. Ti­tans (1-3): They won’t em­bar­rass them­selves, but the of­fense doesn’t have enough so­phis­ti­ca­tion to come from be­hind. of mak­ing a deep run. 7. Adam Gase: The youngest coach in the NFL has done lit­tle to re-en­er­gize the Dol­phins or quar­ter­back Ryan Tan­nehill. 1. Fal­cons at Bron­cos: The clas­sic “un­stop­pable force meet­ing im­mov­able ob­ject” game. 2. Ben­gals at Cow­boys: Plenty of play­mak­ers should make this en­ter­tain­ing and com­pet­i­tive. 3. Red­skins at Ravens: Win­ner is a se­ri­ous play­off con­tender. Loser has plenty of doubts. 4. Gi­ants at Pack­ers: Two of the seven ac­tive Su­per Bowl-win­ning QBs duke it out. 5. Tex­ans at Vik­ings: One of just three games this week be­tween win­ning teams. 6. Charg­ers at Raiders: The Charg­ers’ three losses this year have come in fran­tic fi­nal-minute fin­ishes. 7. Ea­gles at Lions: We get to see whether Car­son Wentz’s wild ride con­tin­ues. 1. Bron­cos: The im­mov­able ob­ject wins, prov­ing there’s no such thing as an un­stop­pable force. 2. Ben­gals: Ex­pe­ri­ence over­comes youth. 3. Ravens: Back to win­ning close games at home. 4. Pack­ers: Many points on Mon­day night. 5. Vik­ings: This time they rip the wings off DeAn­dre Hop­kins. 6. Charg­ers: A shootout fi­nally goes their way. 7. Ea­gles: De­fense car­ries Wentz to 4-0. 1. Derek Carr, QB: Three QBs have thrown for more than 300 yards against the Charg­ers. Next up is Carr. 2. DeMarco Mur­ray, RB: In an oth­er­wise feck­less Ti­tans of­fense, he’s rip­ping off 5.2 yards per carry. Against the Dol­phins, the Ti­tans might ac­tu­ally play with a lead. 3. Ter­rance West, RB: The Ravens aren’t typ­i­cally good fantasy op­tions this year (aside from Justin Tucker), but the of­fense will likely try to es­tab­lish West early. 4. Ju­lian Edel­man, WR: Just five catches for 54 yards in the past two weeks com­bined. No one is hap­pier to have his pal Brady back than the guy who no longer has to play backup quar­ter­back. 5. Ster­ling Shep­ard, WR: The Pack­ers are al­low­ing nearly 9 yards per pass­ing at­tempt. And the Gi­ants’ other re­ceiver isn’t hav­ing any fun, so it’s up to Shep­ard. 6. Zach Ertz, TE: Back from in­jury and play­ing against a Lions de­fense that has al­lowed five touch­downs to tight ends. 7. Pan­thers de­fense: Buy low on a de­fense that just al­lowed 42 points and gets to play a quar­ter­back (Jameis Win­ston) who has turned the ball over 10 times.

Ravens 27, Red­skins 17 This is not quite a must-win, but af­ter a loss against the Raiders and two road games com­ing up, it’s close. The Ravens have the No. 1 de­fense (256 yards al­lowed per game), and the of­fense showed im­prove­ments late against Oak­land. If Joe Flacco can get more pro­tec­tion and time to throw, the Ravens should win.

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