Ravens vs. Jaguars: Blaine Gabbert & 5 Jaguars Who Could Make MNF Interesting
Jacksonville is hosting tonight's game, but Baltimore is still a heavy favorite. According to bodog.com, the Jaguars are 11-point underdogs to the Ravens.
It's not likely for the Jaguars to win this game, but there are a few players on Jacksonville's roster that could make tonight's Monday Night Football matchup more interesting than some people expect it to be.
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Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew is a top ten running back in the NFL. He's rushed for a 572 yards in Jacksonville's first six games in the 2011 season, however, he's only found the end zone once.
Mojo has playmaking ability, and if the Jaguars want to have a chance to be competitive in tonight's game against the Ravens, they're going to have to establish the run early, and Mojo is going to have to break some tackles and pick up large chunks of yardage at a time.
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Jaguars rookie QB Blaine Gabbert hasn't had the easiest time adjusting to the NFL with his below-average team, but he hasn't played as bad as Jacksonville's record may make it seem.
Gabbert, in his first five career NFL games, has thrown for 717 yards, including four touchdowns and two interceptions. However, on Gabbert's 15 rushing attempts, he's fumbled four of those times.
Gabbert is going to have to manage the game and avoid turnovers to the Ravens' lethal defense in order for the Jaguars to have a chance to win tonight's game.
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Deji Karim's is the Jaguars' main return guy. Field position is going to be as important as ever for Jacksonville tonight, both offensively and defensively.
If Karim can provide the Jags with good field position, that limits the work for the offense, and it gives the offense a better chance of putting points on the board.
If Karim pins his team back in their own zone, the offense is going to have to drive down the field, and when they don't, the field will be shortened for the Ravens' lethal offense.
Karim is going to have a lot of responsibility on special teams tonight.
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The Jaguars kicker has yet to miss a field goal or extra point so far in the 2011 season.
Jacksonville is going to need as many points as possible, so Scobee is going to have to remain perfect tonight.
Points will be hard to come by for Jacksonville, so they're going to need to capitalize on any opportunity Baltimore gives them.
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Dwight Lowery is Jacksonville's leader in interceptions.
Baltimore creates turnovers and capitalizes on offense. Jacksonville is going to have to create as many opportunities for themselves as possible, and creating turnovers is the best possibility to steal points from the Ravens.
Lowery is going to have to add to his INT total tonight and help his team upset the Ravens on Monday Night Football.