Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer 17d

Ravens will face at least three more backup QBs in final seven games

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The Baltimore Ravens have dealt with their share of injuries, but they can't really complain considering their upcoming schedule.

Thursday's news that DeShaun Watson suffered a season-ending knee injury means the Ravens will face at least three more backup quarterbacks in the final seven games. Baltimore also plays the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts, both of whom placed their quarterbacks (Aaron Rodgers and Andrew Luck) on injured reserve.

So, instead of trying to stop Rodgers, Watson and Luck, the defense with the most interceptions in the NFL will line up against Brett Hundley, Tom Savage and Jacoby Brissett. Those backups have combined for six touchdowns and eight interceptions for a 72.7 passer rating.

This comes after the Ravens have already gone against four backups in the month of October: EJ Manuel, Mitchell Trubisky, Case Keenum and Matt Moore.

Whether or not this will ultimately help the Ravens to the playoffs is debatable. Baltimore is 2-2 in those games against former No. 2 quarterbacks.

The starting quarterbacks who remain on Baltimore's schedule are Marcus Mariota, Matthew Stafford, Ben Roethlisberger, DeShone Kizer and Andy Dalton. This hasn't been a stellar group. None is currently ranked among the top 14 in passer rating.

One of the Ravens' strengths has been their pass defense. Baltimore is No. 5 against the pass this season, holding teams to 184.5 yards passing per game and making a league-high 12 interceptions.

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