Another week of football, and another week of our Interview with the Enemy series. This week, our friend, Vasilis “Vas” Lericos of Baltimore Beatdown, answers 5 quick questions about our week seven matchup against the returning Willie Snead and the Baltimore Ravens.
The Ravens offense is incredibly confusing right now. They can put up 21 points against the Titans in a shutout, and then get limited to 9 points against the Browns in a loss. What is the REAL Ravens offense?
We are all still trying to figure out the Ravens offense. While the receiving corps may be better, thanks in large part to former Saint Willie Snead, the offensive line may be worse. Fortunately Joe Flacco is fully healthy for the first time in a while and he plays his best ball in big games.
Sticking with offense, going back to 2015, the Ravens have scored over 30 points only 7 times, their only time in 2018 was Week 1 against the Bills. The Saints on the other hand, have scored over thirty 23 times in the same period. What do you think of the Ravens chances in a shootout?
Flacco has not lead a 4th quarter game winning drive since 2016, per Pro Football Reference. Doesn’t mean he can’t, he has posted some epic comebacks during his career. But usually he and the team win when they start fast, the opposite not so much.
On the other side of the ball now, the Ravens have looked pretty stout on defense. If you were Sean Payton, how would you game plan to attack the Baltimore defense?
If I was Sean Payton I would feature Alvin Kamara. They Ravens have exceptional talent and depth at edge rusher and cornerback, but their ILB and S can be exposed by an elusive weapon such as Kamara.
Who is one Ravens player that Saints fans might not be familiar with that you expect to make an impact in this game?
Za’Darius Smith and Willie Henry are two interior pass rushers who could prevent Brees from getting to 500 regular season passing TDs this week. Drew is downright surgical with his pre-snap reads, quick release and accuracy, but if he has pressure in his face, outside in the elements on the road, Smith and Henry could postpone the festivities.
What’s your prediction for the game? Final score?
This game is a total tossup. Strength on strength and weakness on weakness. I’ll take the home team 24-20 by virtue of a trick play or special teams score.
A big thanks to Vas for taking the time to answer our questions. Make sure you check out his work and the rest of the good folks at Baltimore Beatdown for tons of Ravens content. You can follow Vas on Twitter @playmakerFB, Baltimore Beatdown @BMoreBeatdown, and of course you can always follow me @dunnellz.