No more debate: Ravens are NFL's best team after beating 49ers


No more debate: Ravens are NFL's best team after beating 49ers

Two plays later, Lamar Jackson found Andrews in the end zone for the touchdown. The Rams and struggling Jared Goff and a team that has traded away much of its future for a present murkier than ever?

Inspired by runaway MVP candidate Lamar Jackson, at 9-2 the Ravens are one game behind the Patriots, but they hold the tiebreaker by virtue of their 37-20 triumph over New England in Week 9. Justin Tucker reminded us how valuable he is as an ace in the hole in such situations, hitting from 49 yards under miserable conditions to win the game. Containing him is the key to this game.

And then there's the rushing, where Jackson (876 yards, six TDs) has outdistanced the 49ers' leading rusher (Matt Breida, 542 yards) by more than 30 yards a game while equaling San Francisco's top scoring back (Tevin Coleman, six TDs). The good news for Baltimore is that the run game is its offensive specialty, and San Francisco is in the middle of the pack there at 16th in DVOA. They converted on fourth and one from their own 44-yard line on their winning drive. Marquise Brown and Willie Snead were both on the receiving end of two touchdown passes on Sunday. "The other two guys (Wilson and Murray), they can make a lot of plays with their legs and stuff, but eventually, they are going to slide and things like that". Behind them is the 49ers (145.6 YPG).

On the flip side, Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers offense have enjoyed the run, as well; the Niners rank second in rush YPG (145.6), are tied for the second-most rush TDs (15) and boast arguably the best RB depth in the NFL. The Ravens defense will dominate. San Francisco doesn't have any superstars on offense but have a balanced attack that will keep Baltimore on its toes. New England (8-0) is the only team since the 1970 merger to lead the National Football League in points allowed, takeaways and sacks through Week 8.

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