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The Baltimore Ravens will travel down to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars in what could be a defensive battle in the AFC.
The Ravens are considered one of the top eight teams in the NFL heading into the season and will have a chance to prove it in their first Monday Night Football appearance of the season.
One intriguing aspect of this matchup could be the emergence of rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert. David Garrard is the expected starter for the Jaguars heading into the season, but if Jacksonville struggles early on, then fans could be calling for Gabbert to get more playing time.
As always, the Ravens defense will play a huge factor, but that unit is always fun to watch. Ray Lewis and Ed Reed are still big-time NFL stars, and they will garner a lot of attention from NFL fans come Oct. 24.
Maurice Jones-Drew always provides a lot of highlights, but one will have to wonder how he will perform against a stellar Baltimore defense. I don't see him putting up huge numbers against the Ravens, but the Jaguars have the talent on offense to surprise some people.
Still, I think this will be a classic defensive battle, especially with Jacksonville's improved linebacking corps after signing Paul Posluszny from the Buffalo Bills.