Baltimore Ravens vs Jacksonville Jaguars: Keys to Victory

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Dec 7, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Albert McClellan (50) walks off the field during the second half against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. Ravens won 28-13. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

After their pivotal road win against the Dolphins in week 14, the Ravens are back in the driver’s seat as they head down the final stretch of the season.  The team once again controls their playoff destiny, and will be a lock if they win out over the last three games.  That run starts this weekend as it’s the Baltimore Ravens vs Jacksonville Jaguars in the friendly confines of M&T Bank Stadium.

At first glance, you might dismiss this game as “easy,” but as everyone knows, nothing is guaranteed in the NFL.  The New York Giants found that out a couple of weeks ago when they blew a 21 point lead against the Jags and lost, as did the San Francisco 49’ers, who lost to the lowly Oakland Raiders last week.

The 2-11 Jags are obviously not the Patriots or Broncos, but they are still a team fighting for pride.  They are a young team that plays competitive football, even going toe to toe with the Colts in Indianapolis a few weeks ago and almost pulling off the upset. It goes without saying that the Ravens must take the Jags seriously, as with any opponent.

So how do the Ravens secure a win this week and ensure they stay thick in the playoff hunt?  We’ve taken a look at these two teams and come up with the keys to victory, our weekly segment that highlights some obvious mismatches and potential problems that the Ravens can overcome with a proper game plan.  Click next to start the show.