Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Baltimore Ravens: Friday Fact or Fiction


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The Jacksonville Jaguars only have 3 more games left in what’s been an arduous 2014 campaign. There have been a lot more downs than ups, and they still have plenty of question marks on the roster as they head into their third offseason with general manager

David Caldwell

. Now they have to pack it up and head to Baltimore to face a playoff caliber Ravens team.

The Ravens feature a handful of former Jaguars, including injury castoff Justin Forsett and former first round pick Eugene Monroe. The Jaguars are big underdogs this week, and they should be considering some of the mismatches on both sides of the ball.

With all that in mind, here are my rock solid predictions for this week’s game:

Justin Forsett will rush for 100+ yards: FICTION

Justin Forsett’s tenure with the Jacksonville Jaguars was rather uneventful, but he’s been terrific in his short time with the Ravens. Before being held to 71 yards by the Miami Dolphins last week, Forsett had three straight games of 100+ yards rushing, including a breakout 182 yard performance. The Jaguars got gashed by Arian Foster last week, but they have been solid against the run for the most part this season. The defensive line is geared up to make up for their lackluster performance last week.

Joe Flacco will throw an interception: FACT

Joe Flacco has taken a lot of heat for his level of play since signing a huge contract, but he’s been pretty solid this year. His 9 interceptions aren’t terrible, but he does tend to throw up some balls for grabs. The Jaguars have an embarrassingly low 5 interceptions on the season, only one more than the Kansas City Chiefs who are last in the league. It’s about time they get some turnovers through the air.

Blake Bortles will throw at least 2 touchdowns: FACT

Blake Bortles has been flashing in very short spurts over the last few games, but he needs to be more consistent and start stringing together multiple drives. With Denard Robinson out, the Jaguars need to hand over the reigns to Bortles and challenge him to lead this offense to more than 20 points. The Ravens have given up 21 passing touchdowns this season, and they are much more vulnerable through the air than the ground.

The Jaguars are in a tough spot here on the road against a likely playoff team, and it’s tough to expect them to pull this one out. The defense is on it’s heels after getting pushed around in the running game last week, and they are playing a quarterback who can push the ball down the field. The Jaguars are just hoping to keep it close.

PREDICTION: Ravens 31 – Jaguars 17