The Baltimore Ravens and their number one scoring defense will try to keep the beleaguered Jacksonville Jaguars in their sustained slump when the two teams do battle Monday night at EverBank Field.
The Blaine Gabbert era in Jacksonville has gotten off to a rocky start, to say the least. In his first four tries as an NFL starter Gabbert has failed to lead the Jaguars to victory.
In fact, the Jaguars rank dead last in the NFL with the league’s least productive passing offense, averaging a mere 137.7 yards per game through the air, and also rank at the bottom of the pack in total offense (260.3 ypg).
Last week in Pittsburgh, the Jaguars mustered up just 76 yards through the air in the team’s 17-13 loss, it was Jacksonville’s fifth consecutive setback since a season-opening triumph over Tennessee, with Gabbert hitting on just 12-out-of-26 throws, while getting sacked five times.
It will be tall order for the Jaguars to get anything going against a Ravens defense that yields a league low 14.2 points per game. Also, the Ravens defense ranks third in total defense and stopping the run.
In their current three game winning streak, the Ravens have held each of their opponents to under 300 yards or less and come in to this game 29-14 winner’s over another AFC South foe, the Houston Texans.
Offensively, the Ravens put up 402 total yards offense, as running back Ray Rice paced the offense with 161 yards from scrimmage and veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin had a season high 132 yard performance while recording eight receptions.
However, the team scored just two touchdowns on their four redzone possessions and settled for five field goals in the form of Billy Cundiff.
The Ravens are 28th in the league in red-zone efficiency with a 36.8 percent touchdown rate.
In the end, look for the battled tested Ravens to have their way with a young Jaguars team still searching to establish an identity. The Jaguars’ improved defense combined with the Ravens struggles in the red zone could make things interesting.
However, unless Gabbert and the Jacksonville offense make serious strides from their previous performances, which doesn’t seem likely against arguably the league’s top defense, the Ravens should have their way en route to their fourth straight victory.