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Baltimore Ravens vs Minnesota Vikings

Stakes
The Ravens suffered a troublesome additional time loss to the Chicago Bears, eliminating the momentum Baltimore had after a formidable win the week earlier than in Oakland. Now the Ravens have an opportunity to get a few of that again if they will seize a street win towards a proficient staff. It will be one other confidence booster.
Historical past
The Ravens and Vikings have met 4 occasions with Baltimore profitable three. The newest was a particularly memorable 2013 sport within the snow at M&T Financial institution Stadium, by which there have been 5 touchdowns scored over the ultimate 125 seconds. The final time the Ravens had been in Minnesota in 2009, Baltimore misplaced 33-31 after getting back from 17 factors down within the fourth quarter. Steven Hauschka missed a possible game-winning 44-yard area objective with two seconds left.
Key Storylines
Will Brandon Williams save the run protection?
Baltimore ranks 30th within the NFL in rush protection, permitting 141.three yards per sport. Opponents have chosen to assault the Ravens extra on the bottom than within the air, a deviation from current years. A significant purpose for that's that Baltimore has been with out one of many league’s greatest run stuffers, Brandon Williams, for the previous 4 video games. Williams might return this week? Will he repair the Ravens’ issues? The Vikings misplaced proficient rookie working again Dalvin Cook dinner, however his substitute, Jerick McKinnon, has been dynamic (245 whole yards, three touchdowns) the previous two weeks.
What’s subsequent for the offense?
The Ravens have struggled on offense for a lot of the season, particularly with the passing assault. The one constant constructive about Baltimore’s 29th-ranked offense has been the run sport, which is averaging a wholesome 129.5 yards per sport. Do the Ravens have to rely extra on the bottom assault? Do they should open up the passing sport?  The Vikings have one of many league’s greatest defenses within the league, ranked No. 5 general and No. three vs. the run.
The vast receiver place
The Ravens have a banged-up vast receiver corps with Mike Wallace (again) and Jeremy Maclin (shoulder) each questionable to play, Chris Matthews (thigh) uncertain to play and Breshad Perriman (concussion) dominated out. That would create extra alternatives for Michael Campanaro, and/or Chris Moore. The receivers had a troublesome sport final week with drops (two resulting in interceptions). If Joe Flacco goes to have success, he wants them to step up in Minnesota.
Matchups to Watch
WR Mike Wallace vs. CB Xavier Rhodes
Wallace stated he expects to play. If that's the case, it is going to be his first time again in Minnesota for the reason that Vikings launched him after only one yr in 2015. Wallace says he has no sick will, however he’ll undoubtedly be seeking to make a splash. It gained’t be straightforward when Rhodes is lined up reverse him. The large-bodied 2016 Professional Bowler has grown into one of many league’s greatest cornerbacks.
CB Jimmy Smith vs. WR Adam ThielenThe Vikings have one of many higher vast receiver duos within the league with Diggs and Thielen, however could have solely half of the equation towards the Ravens. Diggs has been dominated out due to a groin damage. Nonetheless, Thielen ranks third within the NFL in receiving yards (488), although he hasn’t scored a landing but. Smith returned to a full slate of snaps final week after Achilles soreness sidelined him early in Oakland.
OLB Matthew Judon vs. RT Mike Remmers
Judon has been on a tear the previous two video games. In opposition to Oakland, he had his strongest sport but in run protection and move protection. In opposition to the Bears, he led the staff with two sacks and a whopping 14 tackles (two on particular groups). Judon is beginning to come into his personal. Vikings proper deal with Remmers hasn’t allowed a sack but this season, per Professional Soccer Focus.
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