Ravens Focused on One Thing-Beat the Jaguars

It couldn’t be more simple. One win and you’re in.

One win this Sunday and Baltimore completes a fine turnaround from a disappointing 5-11 season a year ago and a return to the NFL playoffs.

The team they face in the home finale knows exactly what Baltimore was thinking this time in 2007. Jacksonville who are a year removed from the Divisional playoffs are still wondering what went wrong and why they have seemingly fallen so far. Injuries to the offensive line and sub par play from it’s core players are just a few of the culprits. But one thing is for sure they can expect a shakeup heading into next season.

Baltimore knows that it controls its own destiny although they could get some help from the Buffalo Bills if they can beat the Patriots. But the coaching staff doesn’t even want to acknowledge that with John Harbaugh proclaiming a New England victory as a “lock” for Week Seventeen. That leaves the Ravens to rely on themselves to beat a team at home that has had it’s struggles.

No one wants to appear overconfident but it’s looking good for the purple and black attack. The Ravens are 6-0 against teams that currently have losing records, winning by an average of 19 points. They have a habit of staying on top of those teams and not allowing potential upsets to be an issue.

They are also playing at home, which they are 5-2 and they have 51 wins since 2000 which put them at 3rd best in the NFL. The fans will be ready to provide a little extra incentive as they make their march back to the post season.

The Jaguars will have trouble scoring as Maurice Jones-Drew will be the focus of the attack, as he leads the team in rushing and receiving. He should be tough to contend with but with a lack of other viable options weather due to injury or suspension makes it tough for them to loosen up the defense. Which by the way have registered at least one interception in 13 of the 15 games. They should be able to press up and get some heat on David Garrard.

While the Ravens have done a great job running the football, they may want to think about testing the Jags through the air as their secondary has given the third most in the league. I expect Baltimore to get up early and maybe get a chance to rest a few key players like Derrick Mason down to the stretch to be prepared for wherever they will have to go in the first round.

Ravens 23 Jaguars 10

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