Baltimore Ravens vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 9-24-2017 - Prediction & Preview
Written by: Brian Spaen
Baltimore Ravens (2-0 SU, 2-0 ATS)
vs Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1 SU, 1-1 ATS)
When: Sunday, Sep 24th, 9:30 AM ET
Line: BAL -4
TV/Live Stream: Yahoo! (free)
Baltimore and Jacksonville will square off at Wembley Stadium in London with an early morning kickoff time here in the United States. The Ravens have started off winning both of their games against AFC North division opponents. The Jaguars’ great start was humbled with a three-touchdown loss to the Titans. Both teams have alternated wins and losses in their last seven meetings (BAL 4-3) dating back to 2003.
Ravens get four picks en route to victory over Browns
There simply wasn’t a lot of drama for Baltimore as they ended up coasting to a 24-10 victory at home against Cleveland. They had a 21-7 lead at the halftime break and were aided by the opponent’s five turnovers. Four of them were interceptions from the two quarterbacks, DeShone Kizer (3) and Kevin Hogan (1), that played. Another was a fumble lost by Kizer. The initial starting QB dealt with migraines according to the medical staff, which clearly affected his play as he hit less than 50 percent of his targets.
On the other side, Joe Flacco had a solid outing completing 25-of-34 passes for 217 yards and recorded two touchdowns and an interception. Running back Javorius Allen had the all-around best game as he led the running game with 66 yards on 14 carries. He also added 35 yards and a touchdown on five catches, that TD coming halfway through the second quarter to make it 14-0. Running back Terrance West, who had 22 yards on eight carries and a TD in the game, is day-to-day with an undisclosed injury and it’s unclear if he’ll play on Sunday morning.
Jaguars can’t sustain season-opening victory
Jacksonville returned home to a rude awakening in what ended up being a blowout in the second half. Down 6-3 at the break, Tennessee scored 17 unanswered points in the third quarter to pull away. The Jaguars themselves didn’t look bad offensively in the 37-16 defeat, but the defense couldn’t hang around Marcus Mariota and the bevy of weapons around him. They gave up 390 total yards, and all the difference came in the running game as both teams had an equal 211 yards passing.
Quarterback Blake Bortles ended the game completing 20-of-34 passes for 223 yards, recording a touchdown while throwing two picks. He also lost a fumble, which certainly didn’t help the team’s cause. Wide receiver Allen Hurns led the team with 82 reception yards on six catches and had a touchdown, only missing one target. Marquise Lee was targeted 12 times, but caught seven of them for 76 yards. The rushing attack was limited to 99 yards on 25 total carries — Leonard Fournette had 14 of them for 40 yards and a score.
- 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games against AFC opponents
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September
- 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games in September
- 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games in Week 3
Woes should continue for Jacksonville, even in another country. Their loss to Tennessee shows that the Titans are likely the team to beat in the AFC South. Meanwhile, Baltimore looks poised to make another run to the postseason.
Pick: BAL -4
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