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CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington  Weather: 50°, Rain  Attendance: 69,012

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Baltimore Ravens at Seattle Seahawks

  1. The Ravens and the Seahawks have faced off five times previously, with Seattle winning three games. Seattle has won each of the last three meetings, and is 2-0 all-time at home against Baltimore.
  2. The Ravens moved to 4-2 on the season with a 23-17 win against the Bengals in Week 6. So far this season, Baltimore's opponents have combined for a .300 winning percentage, tied with San Francisco for the easiest schedule played in 2019.
  3. Lamar Jackson had 236 passing yards and a career-high 152 rushing yards in Baltimore's Week 6 win. Jackson's 152 rushing yards were the fourth most all-time by a QB in a single game, and he is just the second player all-time (including postseason) with 200+ passing yards and 150+ rushing yards in a single game (Colin Kaepernick on January 12, 2013 in the NFC Divisional playoffs).
  4. The Seahawks defeated the Browns, 32-28, in Week 6, securing their fourth win of the season by four points or fewer. No other team in the NFL has more than two wins by four points or fewer this season.
  5. Russell Wilson (14 TD and 0 INT) is the first QB all-time with at least 14 touchdown passes and zero interceptions through six team games in a season. Wilson has thrown 210 touchdown passes in his career, fourth most all-time by a QB through eight career NFL seasons: Peyton Manning (244), Dan Marino (241) and Brett Favre (213).
  6. DK Metcalf is averaging an NFL-best 21.0 yards per reception this season (min. 2 receptions per team game). The only Seahawk all-time to lead the NFL in yards per reception in a single season was James McKnight in 1997 (18.7 yds/rec). Metcalf's 336 receiving yards this season are the third most by a first-year Seahawk through six career NFL games, trailing only Joey Galloway (451) and Steve Largent (362).
Team Comparison

Baltimore
 
Seattle
30.7 Points 27.5
260.3 Pass Yds 284.0
205.0 Rush Yds 130.5
7 Takeaways 12
(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

SEATTLE (AP) There is an understandable mutual admiration between Baltimore's Lamar Jackson and Seattle's Russell Wilson.

In Jackson, Wilson sees a combination of speed and shiftiness working in concert with an underrated passing ability that has the young QB causing headaches for anyone tasked with slowing him down.

In Wilson, Jackson sees a veteran who has reached the pinnacle of the NFL, who has figured out a way to balance his athleticism and running ability with a dynamic right arm that makes him one of the premier passers in the league.

"I love everything about his game," Jackson said. "He's a great quarterback. He makes guys miss. He breaks the pocket, and there will be guys chasing him everywhere. He knows what to do with the ball - dish it out, go to a checkdown. He makes plays. He's a playmaker, and that's what you need in a guy and at the quarterback position. That's what he is."

Jackson and Wilson will meet on the field or the first time on Sunday when the Seahawks host the Ravens in a showdown between two of the better teams in each conference and two of the early MVP candidates.

Jackson has wowed with his combination of running and passing. He's on pace to rush for 1,200 yards and throw for 4,000. Last week, he became the first player in league history to throw for more than 200 yards and rush for more than 150 in the same regular season game.

Jackson is completing 65% of his passes, has 13 touchdowns passing and rushing and causing nightmares for opposing defenses.

"People always mention his speed. That's obvious. But I think the mixture of all the different things he can do - he can throw it down the field, he's tough, he hangs in there, he's a smart player too," Wilson said. "You put all those things together with his elusiveness, which is as good as it gets, probably best you've ever seen kind of speed, he's really special."

Where Wilson has impressed is his overall command of Seattle's offense. He's just the fourth QB in league history to start the season with six straight games with a passer rating of 100 or higher. He hasn't thrown an interception since Week 17 of last season. Wilson is playing with a confidence and savvy that's flashed at times throughout his career, but perhaps never for such a prolonged period.

"I know he's deep in the conversation for the MVP already," Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. "We hope, and we're going to do everything we can, to make sure that we don't make that argument any stronger, or help make that argument any stronger."

Here's what else to watch as the Seahawks and Ravens meet for the first time since 2015:

MY NAME IS EARL

Aside from the quarterbacks, the biggest story line is the return of safety Earl Thomas, who spent his first nine seasons with Seattle before signing with Baltimore in free agency. Thomas was a star with the Seahawks, a founding member of the "Legion of Boom" secondary and a three-time first-team All-Pro selection. The final image of Thomas with Seattle was being carted off the field last season after breaking his leg in Arizona and flashing the middle finger at Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, angry about not getting a contract extension with the Seahawks.

"I don't know what this game is going to bring, but I definitely respect and love the organization. They gave me my first shot," Thomas said.

BACKFIELD IN MOTION

The Ravens have been forced to shuffle their defensive backfield this season to cope with injuries to Tavon Young, Tony Jefferson, DeShon Elliott and Jimmy Smith. First-year general manager Eric DeCosta refurbished the secondary this week by trading for two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters and signing safety Bennett Jackson from the Jets practice squad.

Both newcomers are expected to play Sunday, so it's imperative that they work in unison with cornerbacks Marlon Humphrey and Brandon Carr, as well as Thomas.

"Communication is going to be really critical, especially there," Harbaugh said. "It won't be quite as loud, because their offense will be on the field, maybe as it would be here. But it's a loud place, and you're on the road. It's terminology."

WELCOME BACK

Seattle should get a boost on its defensive line with the return of Jarran Reed after he was suspended for the first six games. Reed had 10 1/2 sacks last season, but more important will be his ability to draw attention and potentially open up more on the outside for Jadeveon Clowney and Ziggy Ansah. Seattle has just 10 sacks through six games and didn't have a quarterback hit recorded last week against Cleveland.

The task this week isn't so much getting pressure on Jackson as it is keeping the elusive QB contained.

"That's why we come out here to practice, to get a feel of each other," Reed said. "We talked a long time. We're going to get out here. We're going to work together. We're going to build that chemistry together."

HIGH VOLUME

The Ravens cranked up the music at practice this week to simulate the crowd noise at CenturyLink Field. Jackson played in packed stadiums while at Louisville, and he's twice started in Kansas City against the Chiefs. But playing in Seattle is taking it to another (sound) level.

"The coaches have been telling us it's very loud," Jackson said. "I just have to do a good job of executing, calling out the plays and letting everyone hear me."

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Updated October 17, 2019

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