Ravens 2022 Preseason: Game Two Bold Predictions

August 19, 2022

The Ravens’ second preseason game of the 2022 season pits them against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, August 21st. Taking a look at some bold predictions ahead of Sunday’s contest.

Bold predictions are part of any professional sports game and the NFL preseason is no different. The Baltimore Ravens head to Arizona to play the Cardinals in the second week of the preseason. They’ll be looking to push their unprecedented preseason win streak to 22 straight games.

More importantly, the second out of three preseason games will give players on the roster bubble a chance to secure that coveted roster spot. With so many players fighting for a final roster spot, there are bound to be a few standout performances. Below are three bold predictions for the Week Two clash between the Ravens and the Cardinals.

Cleveland Locks Down The Starting Left Guard Position For Ravens

The left guard spot has been a revolving door of sorts in Baltimore and the Ravens have been searching to finally close it. There was a presumed three-way race to be the starter at that spot between Ben Powers, Tyre Phillips, and Ben Cleveland. However, that race could be over as soon as of this Sunday. In the Ravens’ preseason Week 1 victory over Tennessee, Ben Cleveland looked like an absolute monster.

Last game, he showed off his punishing strength as a run blocker as well as his refined pass-blocking technique. The Ravens were intrigued by Cleveland’s massive size and strength in last year’s draft and it appears it has all come together for the former Georgia Bulldog. Week two of the preseason may be a bit early to anoint a starter for a position with open competition but Cleveland may be too good not to immediately elevate.

Brown Goes Big And Makes The Ravens Roster To Start 2022

The Ravens quarterback situation is essentially set in stone. Lamar Jackson is the franchise cornerstone who will start as long as he’s healthy. Tyler Huntley has a similar skillset to Jackson but isn’t nearly as refined as a passer. Still, he got a wealth of experience last year that will only make him better. That leaves the undrafted free agent from Oregon, Anthony Brown on the outside looking in.

However, in last week’s action against Tennessee, Brown opened some eyes. Finishing 10 of 15 for 114 yards and 14 yards rushing, Brown showed off a dual-threat prowess that the Ravens covet in their quarterbacks. In fact, Brown looked so impressive that the team parted ways with veteran Brett Hundley just a few days later.

Brown has a chance to continue to show out against the Cardinals. He should see extended action with Jackson sitting the game out and Brown will run with the opportunity. Brown will showcase his talents and will surpass 300 total yards of offense and three total touchdowns. Making the team is a longshot for Brown but the Ravens would sure love to stash him on the practice squad. If he has a big performance, however, Brown may be scooped up by another team sooner rather than later.

An Undrafted Gem Skyrockets To The Ravens Starting Depth Chart

Baltimore has built a historic legacy off of stellar linebacker play. The Ravens have done this by finding late-round gems and undrafted diamonds. The team hopes that remarkable lineage continues with rookie linebacker Josh Ross. Though a captain for the Michigan Wolverines, there were concerns surrounding Ross’s athleticism and coverage ability. That caused Ross to go undrafted but the Ravens were quick to scoop him up.

Ross has an obvious connection to Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald (the former defensive coordinator at Michigan) so he comes in ready. Couple that with the big need Baltimore has at inside linebacker and Ross had an outside shot at making the team at the start of training camp. Last week, Ross had his professional debut against the Titans, grading out among the top players of preseason Week One.

He finished the game with a tackle and a pass breakup that led to an interception. Ross was targeted three times and only gave up ten yards total. He didn’t see action until late in the game but that could change dramatically. In Week Two, Ross will command more playing time. In fact, the bold prediction here is that Ross will lead the team in game-day tackles and will force a turnover.

The Ravens are thin at inside linebacker and are desperate for someone to step up. While Ross may not be the betting favorite to step up and challenge for a starting spot, this game against the Arizona Cardinals could give him the inside track. The Ravens have a history of keeping undrafted free agent rookies around and Ross could have a chance to solidify his spot on the roster.