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Ravens vs. Rams Week 3: 3 Reasons Baltimore Adds Insult to St. Louis Injury

Jeffrey SchmidtCorrespondent IIINovember 8, 2016

Ravens vs. Rams Week 3: 3 Reasons Baltimore Adds Insult to St. Louis Injury

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    The Baltimore Ravens enter Week 3 with a feeling of mixed results. The team lost to the Tennessee Titans a week after they beat up division rival Pittsburgh.

    Now, they will look to add insult to St. Louis injury.

    The Rams are fresh off a Monday night contest with the New York Giants, a game in which they struggled tremendously in the red zone.

    After watching the tape, Baltimore's defense will look to bring pressure on Sam Bradford because he was 0-11 on passes when hurried by the defense.

    This game is key for both teams because Baltimore wants to prove that Week 1's thrashing was not a fluke, while St. Louis is in search of its first victory of the season.

Baltimore Will Bounce Back from a Horrific Week 2 Performance on Defense

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    The St. Louis offense was without running back Steven Jackson in Week 2 against the Giants, and they could very well be missing him in Week 3 when Baltimore comes to town.

    The Ravens will look to shut down Sam Bradford in the event of Jackson sitting out, so the second-year pro should be expecting the same stress that he felt last week from the Giants. 

    The Ravens were embarrassed by a Titans team that was not expected to compete, so look for the Baltimore defense to step it up a notch this week.

St. Louis Is Playing on a Short Week

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    No team wants to play the Baltimore Ravens on a short week, especially if the team has a number of key injuries; but that is exactly what the Rams situation is looking like.

    The Rams would receive a mental boost if Steven Jackson returned, but St. Louis should not force him back if they want to stand a chance in the weak NFC West.

Sam Bradford Is Still Learning Josh McDaniels' Offense

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    Sam Bradford was unable to get a full grasp on Josh McDaniels' offense this offseason because there were no mini-camps or OTA's due to the lockout.

    It also does not help that the Rams have played two of the NFL's most aggressive defenses to open up their season, but it seems obvious that Bradford will improve as the season progresses.

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