In this game-day staple, blogger Matt Vensel makes four sometimes-courageous predictions for the game. All he asks is that you don't hold it against him whenever those predictions end up being embarrassingly wrong.
It was a quiet week out at the Castle, likely the calm before the storm of playing the
Under center for the Raiders is
To beat the 6-2 Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium, where they haven't lost a game in nearly two years, Palmer is going to have to throw often and efficiently Sunday afternoon. One of my four predictions this week covers the former, though we'll see how efficient Palmer is. What are my other predictions sure to go wrong? Read on to find out.
1. RAY RICE WILL RUN FOR A GAIN OF 40-PLUS YARDS
The Ravens running back had a season-high 25 carries in last week's 25-15 win over the
2. CARSON PALMER WILL CHUCK AT LEAST 45 PASSES
I suppose this isn’t that bold of a prediction, seeing as though Palmer has thrown at least 46 passes in four games, including 61 last weekend. As the Raiders tried to rally from a three-score deficit, Palmer threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter. He finished the game with 414 passing yards and four touchdowns, but he also threw three interceptions. With running backs
3. THE RAVENS WILL RECORD AT LEAST THREE SACKS
The Ravens rank 26th in the
4. TORREY SMITH AND ANQUAN BOLDIN WILL COMBINE FOR 10 CATCHES, 150 YARDS AND TWO SCORES