Ravens vs Patriots Expert Picks & Predictions for Week 3 NFL Game
The Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots will meet for the first time in nearly two years during a Week 3 AFC clash at Gillette Stadium. Both teams come in at 1-1, although they've had very different seasons thus far.
The Ravens are coming off an embarrassing meltdown against the Miami Dolphins after blowing a 21-point fourth-quarter lead in Week 2. Lamar Jackson has put up MVP-caliber numbers so far but is currently dealing with a right elbow injury that could affect his passing ability.
The Patriots, on the other hand, will enjoy their first home game after surviving a gritty Week 2 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The offense has been shaky thus far, but the defense has remained solid.
Can New England's defense slow down Baltimore's explosive offense in Week 3? Or will Jackson and co. be too much for Bill Belichick's squad to handle? Here's what projection models and experts across the industry have to say about the Ravens vs Patriots Week 3 matchup.
Ravens vs Patriots Projections
ESPN FPI: Ravens (57.1%)
numberFire: Ravens (56.3%)
FiveThirtyEight: Ravens (51%)
Betting Favorite: Ravens (-2.5)
Projected Winner: Ravens (4)
Ravens vs Patriots Expert Picks
ESPN Experts: Ravens (7)
Sports Illustrated Experts: Ravens (5), Patriots (1)
CBS Sports Experts: Ravens (5), Patriots (2)
Expert Totals: Ravens (17), Patriot (3)
Despite playing on the road, the Ravens are still expected to win. Baltimore was picked by 17 of 20 experts, which lines up with what the betting market is saying.
The projections models back up those picks, too. All three lean towards the Ravens emerging victorious in Foxborough during Week 3.
The Patriots are always tough to beat, though, especially at home. Don't count them out, especially if Jackson's injury is more serious than he's letting on.