Jaguars vs. Ravens: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Radio, Game Time and More
While these teams were on opposite ends of the spectrum in 2011, Jacksonville will be looking to improve its roster and its 5-11 record going into the 2012 campaign.
Baltimore won the AFC North last year and is hoping to repeat as division champs. It’s never easy in one of the most competitive divisions in football. The Ravens will need to use this game to make sure they are ready and have the depth to do so.
Keep reading to get the lowdown on this exhibition game. Here's where to watch, who to keep an eye on, a prediction and much more.
Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland
When: Thursday, August 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Listen: NFL Audio Pass
Betting Line: Ravens -7
What’s At Stake?
Since it’s the preseason, nothing is truly on the line, but this game does give the coaches a chance to evaluate fringe roster players and unproven backups.
Jacksonville has a lot to figure out about their running back situation, which is currently a disaster due to Maurice Jones-Drew’s contractual holdout.
Rashad Jennings has earned the top backup spot, rushing for 118 yards in the first two preseason games. Montell Owens, DuJuan Harris and Jalen Parmele are also in line to receive some touches at the RB position.
Baltimore has a chance to test its secondary against an inexperienced QB group that includes Blaine Gabbert, Chad Henne, Jordan Palmer and Nathan Enderle.
The Ravens have been getting burned through the air and need to patch up the holes before the season starts.
Ravens Key Injuries (via CBSSports.com)
LB Darryl Blackstock, Groin, Questionable
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LB Ricky Brown, Hip, Questionable
LB Sergio Kindle, Shoulder, Questionable
RB Vonta Leach, Ankle, Questionable
TE Ed Dickson, Shoulder, Questionable
WR Torrey Smith, Ankle, Questionable
TE Dennis Pitta, Hand, Doubtful
LB Terrell Suggs, Achilles, Out
Jaguars Key Injuries (via CBSSports.com)
TE Zach Miller, Pectoral, Questionable
What They’re Saying
Matt Zenitz of the Carroll County Times did an in-depth piece on the Ravens' shoddy secondary thus far in the preseason and found the team isn’t concerned at all about their play. “We don’t want to show anything,” cornerback Cary Williams emphasized. “We’ve made it [the defensive game plan] as vanilla as possible so that we don’t show a whole bunch.”
However, he got Williams to admit the defense was far from perfect.
We’ve still got a lot of work to do. It’s a work in progress right now. We’ve got to get communication down. We’ve got to be able to play more aggressive. We’ve got to stop the deep ball. It’s just about trying to shake the rust off, trying to get the communication back and getting back to what we know best and that’s playing football and being aggressive.
Ravens Player to Watch: Joe Flacco
Who Will Win?
According to Jason Butt of CBSSports.com, the Ravens starting QB has been given a lot of control to call plays at the line of scrimmage.
The fifth-year pro has made steady improvement each year. Coach John Harbaugh trusts the former Delaware standout more and more.
If Flacco can master the no-huddle offense, it would add a dangerous dimension to the Ravens' potent attack.
Jaguars Player to Watch: Rashad Jennings
With MoJo holding out, Jennings is the primary back in Jacksonville and could be for quite some time.
While the star RB and franchise have been at an impasse, Jennings has been racking up yards and could potentially be the starter when the regular season rolls around—if an agreement isn’t reached.
Fantasy owners, especially in keeper leagues, should keep a close eye on Jennings in this contest and for the rest of the preseason.
Prediction: Ravens 24, Jaguars 17
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