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We are heading into week 13, and Russell Wilson has more bathrooms in the $25 million estate he owns with his wife Ciara than he has touchdown passes on the season. Four more, to be exact. If we could rate things in the past 365 days that have gone horribly wrong, the list would look a little something like this
Russell Wilson’s 2022 season
The conflict out East
The fall of FTX
…and the Oscars
The Broncos season is a car accident, except this time, nobody wants to watch it. We’ll get into how the Ravens will rebound from the Jaguars loss in a second, but to truly understand how poorly Russ is playing, you must understand how well the Denver defense has played in comparison. The Broncos only allow 17.6 points per game, 306.4 total yards per game, and 5.4 yards per pass, and their opponents are scoring on a mere 30.77% of their Red Zone opportunities. Denver ranks top three in the league in all of those statistics. On offense, Denver is averaging a league-worst 14.3 points per game on a league-worst 37.50% Red Zone conversion rate. Statistically, Denver has unquestionably a top-three defense in the NFL (in the best quarterback division in football, no less), but the incompetence of Nathaniel Hackett and Russell Wilson has thrown it all away. For Pete’s sake, CARSON WENTZ has thrown for more touchdowns than Russ…and he hasn’t played in six weeks. No wonder defensive end Mike Purcell screamed at Russell Wilson on the sidelines last week- this dumpster fire of a season couldn’t be more of his fault.
Now onto the Ravens. With opponents averaging 82.0 rushing yards per game, Baltimore has the second-best run defense in the NFL. As we’ve already discussed, Denver’s passing game is about as effective as wearing a candy wrapper as a condom, so the Ravens will have no problem shutting down the Broncos. While Denver’s defense is respectable, they struggle at defending the run. Opponents are averaging 121.6 rushing yards a game against the Broncos, which bodes well for a Ravens team that’s averaging 5.3 yards per carry. As great as the Broncos’ defense has been, their reign of terror has slowed down over the past three weeks, probably due to a combination of fatigue from time on the field and the loss of now-Miami Dolphins star linebacker Bradley Chubb. Add the injury to Randy Gregory on top of that, and the Ravens are poised to win this game by doing what they do best- running the football. Lamar’s quickness and Harbaugh’s ability to control time of possession will be too much for a depleted Broncos team. Denver is also 1-8 straight up in its last nine road games, while the Ravens have the fourth-best home record in the league over the past five years. Vegas likes the Ravens -8, but expect this one to be a blowout. Ravens Moneyline? Next question. Take the Ravens’ Moneyline and get your free $200 from DraftKings!