NFL Game Previews: Ravens-Raiders Matchup

NFL Game Previews: Ravens-Raiders Matchup

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Baltimore at Las Vegas (+4.5), o/u 50.5 – Monday, 8:15 p.m. EDT

Do you think Ty'Son Williams is excited, or terrified? I guess it depends on whether he's the one responsible for the curse that has wiped out his competition for touches in the Baltimore backfield, or is worried he'll become its next victim. As someone who lucked into multiple shares of the kid before Gus Edwards went down, I hope it's not the former — curses have a tendency for some nasty blowback in the end. The Ravens lost J.K. Dobbins, then Justice Hill, then Edwards in rapid succession, and have since brought in a boatload of veteran backs to try and fill the gaps. The team does seem to like Williams, but the likely outcome of all that attrition is just more reliance on Lamar Jackson. Maybe he'll ever throw it a bit more, with perennial underachiever Sammy Watkins joining Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews as Baltimore's main targets. The Raiders head into their second season in their new Las Vegas digs, and their third under Jon Gruden, but they still don't have a clear direction. The defense is still a bit of a mess and Derek Carr doesn't have anyone other than Darren Waller as a reliable receiving option, which is why Kenyan Drake being the big offseason skill addition is something of a head-scratcher. Head-scratching personnel moves, particularly at wide receiver, are nothing new for Gruden and GM Mike Mayock though (see: Lynn

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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