Ravens vs. Jaguars Week 10: Keys to Victory

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Nov 1, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) throws during the fourth quarter against the San Diego Chargers at M&T Bank Stadium. Baltimore Ravens defeated San Diego Chargers 29-26. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Ravens passing game must excel

The Ravens expressed their desire to run a more balanced offense during the bye week, and they absolutely should.  But the Jaguars have an exceptionally good run defense that is currently ranked 7th in the NFL, allowing only 94.2 yards per game and a 3.2 yard per carry average.

No, the way to beat the Jaguars defense is through the air.  I’m not saying the Ravens should go old school Saints on the Jags this week, but the passing game as a whole must work if they want to have a good shot at securing a victory.

The Jaguars passing defense is ranked is almost as bad as the Ravens, coming in at 25th in the NFL.  The Jags are giving up 263.5 yards per game, allowing 14 touchdowns versus only 3 interceptions.  They are tied for the least amount of interceptions in the league (along with the Ravens), but are 16th in TD’s allowed.

Next: Ravens and Jaguars: Behind Enemy Lines

The Jaguars, like the Ravens, are sitting on a horrific -7 turnover ratio, so something’s going to give this week.  The question is, which defense is going to take advantage of those opportunities, and can Joe Flacco avoid turning the ball over?