Jacksonville Jaguars

Gameday – Jaguars head to London to take on Ravens

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What: Jacksonville Jaguars  (1-1) vs. Baltimore Ravens (2-0)

Where: Wembley Stadium, London, England

When: 9:30 a.m. EST

Latest line/Over-under: Ravens -4/39

Why it’s worth watching 

 Tennis offers up breakfast at Wimbledon. The NFL counters today with breakfast at Wembley. OK, so the offering here is not quite steak and eggs. It never is with the Jaguars. Still, any game has to be better than watching those boring pre-game shows. Besides, this matchup has some interesting characteristics to it, not the least of which is the fact the Ravens have a chance to establish as a real contender in the AFC North. As for the Jaguars, they’re trying to rebound from a loss that was all too Jaguar-like after opening the season with a surprising victory over the Texans. Who are the real Jaguars? The team we saw in Week 1 or the team we saw in Week 2. Today’s game could go a long way toward answering that question.

Key on: Jaguars LT Cam Robinson

 The rookie second-round draft pick had a rough go of it against the Titans last week, allowing five quarterback pressures, including a sack, in 39 pass-blocking snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. His third game as a pro may end up looking quite similar as he draws a matchup against Terrell Suggs, the Ravens rush linebacker who has already recorded three sacks for a defense that has looked quite Raven-like so far in amassing eight sacks and eight interceptions. The Jaguars can be effective offensively if quarterback Blake Bortles has time to go through his progressions and deliver the ball with proper mechanics but the key to that is getting time in the pocket. How Robinson plays will likely determine just how much time Bortles gets.

Statistically speaking

 Just like the Jaguars, the Ravens have had a hard time throwing the ball downfield this season. For example, of the 25 passes Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco completed last week, 20 of them were thrown to either a running back or a tight end. The Ravens are hoping to open things up more this week, but that’s a risky proposition against a defense that can generate the kind of pressure the Jaguars can and has weapons all across the secondary. The Jaguars have allowed an average of just 160.5 passing yards per game through two games so far this year and today they’re matched up against a quarterback in Flacco who has thrown an interception in eight straight games, the longest active streak in the NFL.


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