The MSR Season 12 Superbowl features the Baltimore Ravens taking on the Minnesota Vikings. The Ravens finished the regular season on a 7 game winning streak finishing 11-5 on the year securing a wild card spot. The Ravens have continued their streak through the playoffs defeating the New England Patriots (17-14), Cincinnati Bengals (27-10), and Indianapolis Colts (20-19). Similar to Ravens, the Vikings finished the regular season on an 8 game winning streak and finished 13-3 on the year securing a 1st round bye and the number one seed in the NFC. In the playoffs, the Vikings took on two division rivals, the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers. After Minnesota defeated Detroit 31-10, they went on to defeat the Packers 34-26 for their ticket to MSR's 12th Superbowl.
Let's see how these two teams matchup against each other for all of the marbles by first looking at their regular season statistics.
When comparing these two teams, they both boast a +11 average score differential. While the Ravens score 1 more point (24) per game when compared to the Vikings (23), they allow 1 more point per game (13) than the Vikings (12). Offensively, the Ravens average 45 more yards on offense. A large part of this is due to their running game, where the Ravens average 105 yards per game! On defense, the Vikings allow just 1 more yard per game (264 totals yard vs. 263 total yards) than the Ravens. However, the biggest discrepancy between these two team are their turnover differentials. The Ravens are only +2 on the year, while the Vikings are +31.
Next we will take a look at how these Superbowl contenders compare to the rest of MSR in major categories.
Offensively, both teams are top 10 in points scored per game. As mentioned in last week's NFC Championship preview, the Vikings are in the bottom half of the league for all of the offensive yardage categories which is likely attributed to the number of turnovers they have forced this year and resulting better field position. For the Ravens, while the passing attack is lack luster, their rushing attack is ranked 2nd in the league.
Defensively, both these team rank in the top 7 for every category besides rushing yards allowed per game for the Ravens. This game could easily turn into a defensive battle. The one spot of weakness for either of these two teams is the Ravens rush defense. They are ranked 18th which could easily be exploited by Vikings HB Dalvin Cook if he can get going early.
Let's start looking at these two teams offenses by taking a deeper dive into the Ravens season.
Baltimore Ravens Offensive Outlook
The Ravens offense is by dual-threat QB Lamar Jackson. On the year, Jackson has thrown the ball almost 450 times for 3440 yards, 24 TDs, and 13 interceptions. He also adds 4 TDs on the ground. Jackson primarily distributes the ball to his wide receivers, with WR Allen Robinson II being is favorite target. His top targets on the field are as follows:
The backfield is led by Derrius Guice, who is the Ravens impact player on the year. Backing up Guice is Tarik Cohen who had a solid year gaining almost 800 yards and 10 total TDs.
Baltimore Ravens Impact Player: HB Derrius Guice
The Ravens impact player on offense is HB Derrius Guice. On the year, Guice totaled 1159 totals yards and 11 TDs. On the ground, he carried the ball 161 times for 963 yards (6.0 average yards per carry.
A majority of Guice's work comes when the Ravens win. In games that he played in, Guide averaged about 9 more touches in wins versus loses. His contribution in win/loses can be seen even more clearly in stats. In wins, Guice averaged 67 more rushing yards, 11.5 more receiving yards, and 1.0 more touchdowns. For the Ravens to be successful on offense, they need Guice to have a good game.
Minnesota Vikings Offensive Outlook