Week 10 marks the halfway mark of the 2021 season for most if not all teams, including the Ravens and Dolphins who have played nine and 10 games respectively. Baltimore sits atop the AFC North with a 6-2 record, which ranks second to the Titans 7-2 record in the conference.
Meanwhile, the Dolphins have had an abysmal season snapping what was a seven-game losing streak on Sunday with an unconvincing 17-9 win over the Texans. Miami’s offense turned the ball over five times last Sunday with QB Jacoby Brissett under center. Fellow QB Tua Tagovailoa, whose finger injury made it seem likely Wednesday he would miss a second straight game on a short week.
Tagovailoa and Brissett each have one win this season with a combined 12 touchdowns to 4 interceptions (3:1 ratio). Having a near-perfect game against a Ravens defense that has proven to be faulty defense may be out of the question simply because of the Dolphins’ inability to find consistency on offense.
Thursday night will have Lamar Jackson on the opposing sidelines 50 some yards away. The Ravens star quarterback is putting up similar numbers to that of his 2019 MVP season through the opening eight games of the season.
2019 MVP Season: 6-2 record, 64.3 comp pct, 226.6 pass YPG, 12 TD, 5 INT, 95.4 passer rtg
2021 Season: 6-2 record, 65.0 comp pct, 276.1 pass YPG, 13 TD, 7 INT, 96.2 passer rtg
Jackson is the only player since at least 1950 to average 6+ yards/carry and 50+ rush yards/game in their career (min. 20 games) and this season is a prime example of his dual-threat capability well on display.
It comes by no surprise to the league that Jackson is playing the way people expect a dual-threat QB, better yet a league MVP, to play. Jackson has 200+ pass yards and 50+ rush yards in 6 games this season (double the amount of any other player) and is ready to extend that streak on a short week.
Miami’s defense needs to proceed with caution as Brian Flores’ squad has blitzed on 38.3 pct of dropbacks this season (2nd-highest in NFL), a scheme Jackson has thrived against with a 57.8 comp pct when facing the blitz. It’s worth noting that the Ravens have recorded 44 “Big Plays” — 36 passing and 8 rushing) — racking up at least 20 yards this season, which ranks second-most in the league.
It’s likely going to be a one-sided affair in primetime in favor of Baltimore. Miami has been outscored 137-16 in the last 3 matchups vs Ravens and has lost 7 of their last 8 respective games. Besides, it sounds like a stretch that a two-win Dolphins team has a fighting chance against what looks like a Super Bowl contender in the Ravens. Baltimore should have a field day to kick off Week 10.