1:00 PM ET, Sunday, December 1, 2019
M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland
The San Francisco 49ers are tied with New England Patriots for the top season record (10-1), however they are travelling East on Sunday for a showdown with a side that many considers to be the hottest team in the NFL right now – the Baltimore Ravens. Although the Ravens are trailing slightly behind with a 9-2 season record, they are coming on the back of seven game wins, with their last three wins being a stunning total margin of 135 to 26 points.
San Francisco’s defensive line is still behind that of the Patriots (with 14.8 points allowed per game, vs. New England’s 10.6), but leads the league this season with 248 overall yards, 136.9 passing yards and 44 sacks. The 49ers passing now looks even stronger, when on Sunday Tight End George Kittle came back from a 2-game break due to injury, and completed 6 catches for 129 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo passed so far this season 2,731 yards on a 68.8% completion, for 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. And Running Back Matt Brieda returned to practice this week, and will join RBs Tevin Coleman and Raheem Mostert for a dangerous three-headed back field.
Baltimore Raven’s Quarterback Lamar Jackson threw for five touchdowns and rushed for 95 yards in the 45-6 demolition job him and the Ravens Co. did on the Los Angeles Rams in the last match. And Jackson was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week. Jackson threw 2,427 yards for 24 touchdowns and 5 interceptions this season, and he needs another 124 yards to reach 1,000 rushing yards on the ground this season. Powerful Running Back Mark Ingram carried last week more than 100 yards on the ground for four games straight, and completed 12 touchdowns this season (9 by rushing). The Ravens Defense is allowing 18.4 points per game on average this season, however in their past 6 games their defensive line improved are allowing 12.6 points per game.
Still, the 49ers solid defense will surely give Lamar Jackson and team a hard time and try to slow the Ravens game down on Sunday. And, there’s that crazy 49ers offensive line too. But as Ravens Safety Earl Tomas dares to say what many others think, that this game “could be the Super Bowl preview”. Thomas added: “You think the 49ers are going to the Super Bowl? It could be, let’s see…when the Super Bowl comes, whoever we play, they’re going to be in trouble.”
Final Score: Ravens to win 30-20 outright
Spread: Ravens -6 (46%) / 49ers +6 (56%)
O/U: 47 Over (58%) / Under (42%)