Ravens face the 'host' Jaguars in early morning London game
September 23, 2017 8:30 AM
by Bob Christ
Sunday’s Week 3 NFL menu provides a quadruple header with the first of four games to be played in London this season, up one from last year. So, set the alarms for a 6:30 a.m. kickoff to get a front-row seat in the SuperBook when the Ravens face the “host” Jaguars.
Baltimore Ravens (2-0) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1), London
Time: 6:30 a.m.
Line: Ravens by 3.5 (39.5)
Facts: This will be the 18th regular-season meeting between NFL combatants in London since 2007 and British fans still are waiting to see a battle between two teams with winning records... This is the Jags’ fifth straight year to visit, going 2-2, including a 30-27 win over Indy in 2016... Baltimore held CIncinnati’s Andy Dalton and Cleveland’s DeShone Kizer below the passer rating Mendoza line the first two weeks (39.6). Now the Ravens will face Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles, who had sub-39.6 marks against Denver and Houston last year... Baltimore had the most lopsided pass-to-run ratio in the NFL the past two years. This season the Ravens have 23 more runs than throws.
Analysis: Joe Flacco reportedly still is dealing with back issues that kept him off the field this summer, thus the team’s emphasis on the running game and a slow offensive start to the season. In the Ravens’ 24-10 home win against Cleveland last week, two of their TDs came on short fields (33 and 40 yards). For Jax, maybe Jax RB Leonard Fournette can’t carry the load himself, especially with star WR Allen Robinson on IR, getting only 40 rushing yards last week after getting 100 in the opener. Baltimore still has the championship savvy that should be the difference.
Forecast: Ravens 21, Jaguars 6