Here's what the national media are expecting from the matchup at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

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The Seattle Seahawks turned in their most impressive victory of the season Sunday — 38-7 at the Minnesota Vikings in which they dominated on both sides of the ball.

Up next are the injury-ravaged Baltimore Ravens. Kickoff at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore is 10 a.m., and Fox (Ch. 13) has the telecast.

The Ravens are missing several key offensive and defensive starters, including quarterback Joe Flacco, running back Justin Forsett, receiver Steve Smith and linebacker Terrell Suggs. According to reports this week, Flacco’s backup, Matt Schaub, could miss the game, meaning the Ravens would start Jimmy Clausen. On Sept. 27 while with the Bears he was limited to 63 yards passing in a loss to the Seahawks.

So it’s no surprise that the Seahawks are 10-point favorites Sunday. Our survey of national media predictions are overwhelmingly in favor of the Seahawks.

The Seattle Times writers in our Seahawks Pick’em all chose the Seahawks.

Here’s our roundup of picks for the game:


Bob Condotta: Seahawks 27, Ravens 13. Seattle is hitting its stride, while the Ravens are playing out the string on what has been a disappointing and injury-riddled season. Baltimore’s QB situation remained uncertain as the week began with Matt Schaub battling some injuries, with the possibility that the team could be forced to use recently acquired Jimmy Clausen. Baltimore’s defense could make this one more difficult than last week, but the Seahawks should win going away.

Jayson Jenks: Seahawks 27, Ravens 10. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll spent the week talking about the quality of the Ravens, and it is true that Baltimore has lost all of its games by eight points or fewer. But the Seahawks are clicking, quarterback Russell Wilson and the offense have never looked better, and the Ravens will rely on a backup quarterback. No matter how close the Ravens have played teams, the Seahawks should roll.

Larry Stone: Seahawks 35, Ravens 10. The Ravens are the best 4-8 team in the NFL — they have yet to lose by more than eight points — but it’s hard to see them holding that tough against the resurgent Seahawks, who are peaking on both sides of the ball. Especially not if Jimmy Clausen ends up starting at quarterback for Baltimore or splitting time with banged-up Matt Schaub. The Seahawks will make him look just as bad as they did when he started against them for Chicago this year.

Matt Calkins: Seahawks 28, Ravens 10. The Ravens probably are a little better than their record indicates, but the Seahawks have looked like one of the NFL’s best teams lately. Look for another runaway win in Baltimore.


All 13 pickers chose the Seahawks.


All eight pickers chose the Seahawks.

Pete Prisco: Seahawks 27, Ravens 17. This looked like a huge game when the schedule was made. It isn’t. The Ravens are having a horrible season. The Seahawks have surged in recent weeks. They are playing consecutive road games, but that won’t matter. Russell Wilson plays well.


All four NFL Gameday Morning analysts chose the Seahawks.

Elliot Harrison: Seahawks 26, Ravens 10. One week after stomping through Minnesota like Jeff Bridges’ King Kong did Manhattan, the Seahawks are facing their own 5,000-pound gorilla: Will the offense continue to improve now that it is not attempting to force the football to a trade acquisition? Jimmy Graham is a heckuva receiver, but he was lost for the year in Week 12 — and the Seahawks sure look like the two-time defending NFC champs again. Doug Baldwin certainly agrees, huh? The definition of hot: Over the last three games, the Seahawks’ offense is averaging 35.3 points while converting 60 percent of its third downs. Poor Baltimore can’t buy a break, save for the bad kind — thus, the injuries and one-score losses. Good news: No one-score outcome to sweat this week.


All seven pickers chose the Seahawks.


Michael David Smith: Seahawks 35, Ravens 14. The Seahawks’ offense is playing some excellent football with Russell Wilson’s passing and Thomas Rawls‘ rushing. They shouldn’t have much trouble beating Baltimore.

Mike Florio: Seahawks 27, Ravens 9. Question . . . Matt Schaub or Jimmy Clausen? Answer . . . Does it matter?


All seven pickers chose the Seahawks.


All eight pickers chose the Seahawks.

Gary Davenport: Baltimore Ravens quarterback Matt Schaub is in the midst of something truly historic. It shouldn’t be possible. And yet every week Schaub goes out there and makes the impossible look routine. Of course, the problem, as reported by Neil Greenberg of the Washington Post, is Schaub keeps throwing interceptions that are returned for touchdowns. This is not a good thing for a quarterback to do:

“Schaub has now thrown a pick-six in each of the last three games he has played, and that includes both his starts for Baltimore this season. What’s crazier, is that Schaub is now closing in on equaling his streak of four-straight games with a pick-six, an NFL record he set in 2013. … This season, as of the end of Week 12, the chances of seeing a pick-six on any given pass attempt was 0.3 percent. Schaub has two in 62 attempts as of the end of the first half of today’s contest, giving him a 3.2 percent rate — 10 times what we would expect from an average pass. Since 2013, there have been 151 interceptions returned for touchdowns, giving you an 11 percent chance of seeing one in any given game. If we go with the assumption that all games and quarterbacks are equal, that puts the chances of Schaub throwing a pick-six in each of his last three games at 0.13 percent, or a 1-in-751 chance. The odds of a quarterback throwing pick-sixes in four straight games is 6,830-to-1. The odds of the same quarterback throwing pick-sixes in four straight games twice in his career is that squared, almost 4,000 times worse than being struck by lightning (12,000 to 1).”

Just look at those numbers. Bask in them. Soak in just how truly awful Schaub has to be to buck those odds. He is literally so bad he broke math. It is not hard to see why every member of the panel picked the team playing against him Sunday.