Week 7 Preview: Detroit Lions vs. Baltimore Ravens

Lions Week 7 Preview

The Detroit Lions are coming into this key matchup against the Baltimore Ravens off a big win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20-6. The Ravens are coming in off a win overseas when they beat the Tennessee Titans in London last Sunday 24-16.

Detroit Lions 5-1 (1st Place in NFC North) vs. Baltimore Ravens 4-2 (1st Place in AFC North)

Date: Sunday, October 22
Time:  1:00 p.m. EST
TV Channel: FOX
Location: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD
Line: Ravens -3 / O/U: 43

2023 Season Stats


2023 Offense (League Rank) 
Total Yards: 2302 (3)
Passing Yards: 1557 (4)
Rushing Yards: 745 (7)
2023 Defense (per game averages) 
Total Yards Allowed: 1715 (10)
Passing Yards Allowed: 1327 (21)
Rushing Yards Allowed: 388 (1)
2023 Cumulative Points Scored: 168 (4)
2023 Cumulative Points Allowed: 113 (11)


2023 Offense (per game averages) 
Total Yards: 2035 (10)
Passing Yards: 1166 (21)
Rushing Yards: 869 (4)
2023 Defense (per game averages) 
Total Yards Allowed: 1565 (2)
Passing Yards Allowed: 979 (3)
Rushing Yards Allowed: 586 (11)
2023 Cumulative Points Scored: 133 (13)
2023 Cumulative Points Allowed: 91 (6)

Series History/All-Time Records

All-time head-to-head record: Baltimore Leads 5-1-0
Current streak: Baltimore has won fourth straight
Last Detroit win: 2005 (35-17)
Last Baltimore win: 2021 (19-17)

2023 Top Players

Detroit Lions

Passing: Jared Goff – 141-203, 1618 yards, 11-3 (TD-INT)
Rushing: David Montgomery – 94 ATT, 385 YDS, 6 TD
Receiving: Amon-Ra St. Brown – 38 REC, 455 YDS, 3 TD
Tackles: Alex Anzalone – 44 (31-13)
Sacks: Aidan Hutchinson – 4.5
Interceptions: Jerry Jacobs – 3

Baltimore Ravens

Passing: Lamar Jackson – 121-173, 1253 YDS, 5-3 (TD-INT)
Rushing: Lamar Jackson –  60 ATT, 327 YDS, 4 TD
Receiving: Zay Flowers – 35 REC, 367 YDS, 1 TD
Tackles: Roquan Smith – 63 (31-32)
Sacks: Justin Madubuike – 4.5
Interceptions: Geno Stone – 3

Lions Players To Watch:

Offense: Quarterback – Jared Goff

Goff ranks fifth in the league in passing yards, third in the league in rating, and tied for fifth in passing touchdowns. Still, this week, he is going up against the third-best pass defense in all of football, and they also rank second in the league in sacks, so Goff will have his hands full this weekend, but if he can continue to play like he has then the Lions should come out on top. 

Defense: EDGE – Aidan Hutchinson

Hutchinson will have his hands full as he has to try to contain Lamar Jackson, who ranks 18th in the league in rushing yards; he also ranks 17th in passing yards and has only been sacked 16 times to start the year. However, Hutchinson is a game-changer and should be able to make life tough for Jackson, and if he can do that, the Lions should be able to secure a win in Baltimore.

Bottom Line: Detroit Lions look to win fifth straight

This week’s matchup for the Detroit Lions will be an ultimate test for them. Can the defense play like they have in shutting teams down over the last four weeks? In those last four games, the defense has averaged to give up 14 points a game, while the offense is putting up 29 points on average. The biggest concern for the Lions entering this game is the run game; with David Montgomery out and Jahmyr Gibbs dealing with an injury, it will be Craig Reynolds as the primary back against a good Baltimore defense if the Lions can come out on top, it’ll be a statement win for this team and prove that next man up mantra is for real.


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