Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Baltimore Ravens: Keep Your Enemies Close – 5 Questions with Ebony Bird
The Jaguars have hopefully put their embarrassing Week 2 performance behind them because they have a tough task at home against the Baltimore Ravens.
How quickly things can change.
This time last week, we were singing the praises of the Jacksonville Jaguars and how much progress they had made after taking the Green Bay Packers down to the wire in their regular season opener. The Jaguars were finally a competitive team and past the point of getting blown out in the first few quarters of every game.
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Well apparently not.
The Jaguars had the worst performance of any team in the NFL in week 2 and it was reflected in the score of their loss to the San Diego Chargers (35-0 at one point). If head coach Gus Bradley wants to start building an argument to be part of this team in the future, it’s gotta start with a win this week against the Baltimore Ravens.
We wanted to get some intel on our opponent so we reached out to Chris Schisler over at Ebony Bird. Here’s what he had to say:
1. The Ravens-Jaguars game was a hot mess last year that ended in comically stupid fashion with a freak facemask penalty that gave the Jaguars a chance to kick the game-winning field goal with no time left. Is that a loss that has stuck with the Ravens and do you think they’ll use it as motivation this week?
"Its just heaped upon the frustration that was 2015. That game in particular was no more miserable to us than the others. As for motivation, I don’t think so. The Ravens should be motivated because they know they got lucky in week 2. They let a bad Browns team go 20-2 on them. That was unacceptable. I therefore imagine John Harbaugh will be intolerant with the team for any little thing in practice. The Ravens got their wake up call and won in the process. That serves as motivation. Maybe Harbaugh is going to use last year as a reminder to play smart. A Remember that facemask penalty kind of thing."
Harbaugh recently said he’ll never forget last year’s loss to the Jaguars, so I wouldn’t be shocked if he has a few things cooked up to try and establish an early lead on Sunday. This could get ugly quick again for the Jaguars if they aren’t prepared. Which they probably won’t be.
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