Sunday, December 14th, 1:00 p.m.
M & T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD
Kickoff temperature: 47 degrees, 0 percent chance of precipitation
Line: Ravens by 14
Baltimore can’t afford a letdown as they are looking to get back into the playoffs. The Jaguars are reeling after losing their best running back, Denard Robinson for the season. This doesn’t appear to be a great matchup for the Jags.
Stats: Jaguars offense- 31st Overall (28th passing, 24th rushing); 32nd scoring- 15.3 ppg.
Jaguars defense- 27th overall (18th passing, 28th rushing); 29th scoring- 27.4 ppg.
Ravens offense- 10th overall (14th passing, 5th rushing); 7th scoring- 27.4 ppg.
Ravens defense- 16th overall (31st passing, 4th rushing); 6th scoring- 19.6 ppg.
Keys To A Jaguars Victory
Take advantage of opportunities. Joe Flacco will throw some passes into coverage and the Jaguars defenders need to pick those. They also need to play through the whistle and pounce on any and all loose balls. They’re playing a superior football team and they need to even the playing field.
Throw early and often. What do you have to lose? The Jaguars passing game has struggled, but there’s only one team in the NFL that’s worse at stopping the pass. Baltimore has major holes in the secondary and the Jaguars need to test those.
Limit big plays. The Ravens have some legitimate big play threats in Steve Smith and Torrey Smith and the Jaguars need to avoid the big play on defense. Make the Ravens put together long drives and hopefully they can hold them to field goals instead of touchdowns.
Stop the run. Ravens’ running back Justin Forsett will be extra motivated as the Jaguars let him go before the season began. Although Baltimore is very balanced on offense, they like to grind out opponents with a physical offensive line.
Involve Lee. Marqise Lee has been improving each week and the Jaguars need to continue to throw it up to their deep play threat. There’s really nothing to lose.
What We’ll Be Saying On Monday
The Jaguars were one-dimensional. Baltimore is going to stack up the line and dare the Jaguars to throw over the top of them.
Marqise Lee led the team. Lee is the team’s best receiver and he’s developing a chemistry with Blake Bortles. They should hook up on Sunday.
Justin Forsett goes over 100. This is Forsett’s Super Bowl and the Ravens will feed him the rock. They run it well and the Jaguars don’t stop the run.
Blake Bortles will struggle. Baltimore has a solid pass rush with some good, young linebackers. This will be a tough game for the Jaguars rookie.
They weren’t competitive. Everything Baltimore does well the Jaguars do poorly. Everything Baltimore struggles with the Jaguars struggle with. It’s a bad matchup against a good team that must win. It shouldn’t be close.