Ravens vs. Seahawks: Live Score, Video and Analysis

Matt BirchFeatured ColumnistNovember 13, 2011

ST LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 25:  Receiver Torrey Smith #82 of the Baltimore Ravens dives for a pass in the end zone as Justin King #21 of the St. Louis Rams defends during the 1st quarter of the game on September 25, 2011 at the Edward Jones Dome in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The red-hot Baltimore Ravens—winners of five of their last six games—travel to CenturyLink Field to take on the Seattle Seahawks in what has the makings of a defensive showdown.

This matchup features two teams going in opposite directions. One team is tied for first place in the AFC North, while the other is five games behind the 49ers for the NFC West lead.

Baltimore has plenty of reason to celebrate. QB Joe Flacco recently led the team to victory in epic fashion over the Steelers on Sunday Night Football. The team swept its division rival with a late touchdown drive. Flacco found WR Torrey Smith to cap it off and assert Baltimore as the team to beat in the North.

What to expect in Sunday's game:

Look for a heavy dose of RB Ray Rice. The Ravens will likely look to shorten the game on the road by running him in between the tackles. In the passing game, WR Lee Evans is slated to return from injury and should see action for the first time since Week 2 (ankle injury).

The Ravens will look to put their stout defense on the field against the struggling Seahawks..

Seattle's offensive unit has looked quite predictable and they cannot move the football consistently as a result.

The team has lost its last three games and ranks No. 28 in points scored, putting up only 15.2 per game. The NFL is a passing league now, and failure to convert yards into touchdowns does not win games.

Matchup to watch:

Baltimore's  No. 2 total defense (279.4 YPG) vs. Seattle's No. 29 total offense (296.1 YPG). It won't be easy for QB Tarvaris Jackson and RB Marshawn Lynch to create big plays. The Ravens defense is stout.

When it's all said and done, who will step up and make plays when called upon?

Final score: Seahawks 22, Ravens 17