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Jaguars land in London for Sunday battle with Ravens

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Trying to put last week’s punishing loss to the Titans behind them, the Jaguars have traveled overnight Thursday into Friday morning to London to play their annual “home” game. This year the Ravens are the opponent, as Jacksonville tries to get back above .500.

First, here’s an excellent recap of Jacksonville’s last 12 hours or so, that includes the trans-Atlantic flight to the U.K.

As Brian Sexton points out in the video package, owner Shad Khan and the Jaguars previously did a multi-year deal that extends through 2020 with the NFL to have one home game a season in England. And, it is to their advantage that many of the Jags were in London last year for the win over the Colts, and in some cases, there are players who have done this for multiple seasons to play a game.

Meanwhile, it’s the first time for John Harbaugh’s Ravens to venture to the U.K. for a game. So, getting acclimated to everything from time change, to field conditions at Wembley Stadium will be more of a challenge for them.

You have to credit Jaguars for trying to spread the “Duval (the county) Love” throughout the city Friday morning:

There also were already some Jaguar fans at Allianz Park who were eager to catch a glimpse of Leonard Fournette, Calais Campbell and their teammates on Friday around lunchtime in London.

If you are wondering about the Jags record in London games, well, it’s been mixed. As we mentioned, they won their first game in 2016 after an 0-4 start against Indianapolis last year.

That win improved Jacksonville to 2-2 in London games, having beaten the Bills in 2015, but lost the previous two years to the Cowboys and the 49ers at Wembley.

Clearly, the Jaguars need to put together a good performance, 4,200 miles and five time zones away or not.

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