No. 1 toughtest remaining game on the Jacksonville Jaguars schedule: Baltimore Ravens, Week 15
The Jags beat the Baltimore Ravens last year. They're set to face them again this year, but it won't be nearly as easy this year. Lamar Jackson was dealing with a hip injury at the time and still took things to the wire. Had Jacksonville failed their last-minute two-point conversion, or Ravens kicker Justin Tucker had nailed his field goal attempt, the outcome of the game would've been different.
Granted, it was a 67-yard field goal attempt but if anyone could've gotten it done was Tucker. Then again, he didn't and the Jaguars came on top. This time around though, the Ravens are in much better shape than they were last year. Heck, they currently have the best record in the AFC, and if they don't slow down, they'll have a BYE in the playoffs.
The arrival of offensive coordinator Todd Monken, along with a much improved wide receiver corps, has allowed Lamar Jackson to have a bounce-back season. But leaving Jackson aside, the Ravens feature the second-best defense in the league. Filled with playmakers such as linebacker Roquan Smith, Justin Madubuiek, and Jadeveon Clowney, Baltimore will be a good indicator of how good the 2023 Jaguars truly are.
Nobody will bat an eye if Jacksonville ends up dropping this one, but it won't dispel the notion that they're still not ready for the national stage. Conversely, beating the Ravens will go a long way toward showing the Jaguars are among la crèame de la crèame in the NFL.