The New England Patriots take on the Baltimore Ravens in week three on Sunday. Which New England player will emerge as the team’s MVP in this game? Part of me feels like the Patriots could get absolutely demolished in this game, but part of me also thinks that this could be a get-right game for the offense.
The rushing offense is not a problem. New England, for the most part, will be able to rely on Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson for most of the season. It’s an above average duo in the NFL and can definitely carry the offense from time to time.
Being that the Baltimore Ravens have a tough rushing defense, I don’t think either of these players will burst onto the scene in week three. For me, I think the team MVP in week three will be someone related to the passing offense.
The defense, to touch on them quickly, is likely to play good enough to help the team win. The defense doesn’t have a high-end name like TJ Watt or Myles Garrett, so they could often fall under the radar. Plus, the Patriots’ defense has seemingly been good for years, so at this point it’s expected.
I think we’ll see guys like Matthew Judon be able to make some nice plays, but I do think the MVP for this matchup is likely going to be the quarterback, Mac Jones. The Ravens have the worst passing defense in the NFL after two weeks. The Ravens’ secondary is currently allowing 379 passing yards per game. The next worst team is allowing 302 yards per game.
The Patriots need to take advantage of this weak unit, and Mac Jones has enough talent to be able to do that. New England has a nice stable of pass catchers that should be able to outnumber the Ravens‘ defense.
I’d expect the Patriots to try and take some shots down the field as well, especially with this being their home opener. Look for Mac Jones to to throw for at least 250 yards and a couple touchdowns. Even if the Patriots lose, Mac Jones will be the team MVP in week three.