Jaguars vs. Ravens: Cutting down on mistakes and other keys to victory on SNF

• The Jaguars are welcoming the Ravens on Sunday Night Football

• Bouncing back from a 2-game losing skid won't be easy but it's doable

• Here are 3 keys to victory in primetime

Dec 10, 2023; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Travis Etienne Jr. (1) and
Dec 10, 2023; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Travis Etienne Jr. (1) and / Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
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The Jacksonville Jaguars were flying high after consecutive wins against the Houston Texans and the Tennessee Titans. And for a brief moment, they were in a position to seize the No. 1 place in the AFC. However, they came crashing down, losing to the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns.

The good news is that even after losing in back-to-back weeks, the Jags are still 8-5 and in control of their own destiny. Bouncing back won't be easy though, as they next host the Baltimore Ravens, the best team in the conference, on Sunday Night Football.

At 10-3, the Ravens have won three in a row, and feature the fourth-best defense in the NFL. Similarly, their offense could give Jacksonville fits with Lamar Jackson behind center. Having said that, the Jaguars won't shy away from the challenge and will look to get back in the win column. Here are three keys to pulling off the upset.

3. The Jaguars defense must limit big plays, wrap up tackles vs. the Ravens

The Jaguars have given up big plays at a concerning rate the past two weeks. One reason has been their inability to tackle, missing a combined 25. On top of that, their coverage has been far from optimal. Tight end David Njoku found himself wide-open in the loss to the Browns, which led to a couple of touchdowns. Credit where credit is due, Njoku was able to exploit a mismatch but it wouldn't have been possible if the Jaguars had been in a position to make plays.

Something similar happened against the Bengals. Cornerback Tyson Campbell gave up a long touchdown to Ja'Marr Chase. Leaving aside that Campbell got beaten in a one-on-one matchup, he didn't have help over the top.

The playcalling has to be much better against the Ravens, and players must fill their assignments. The game will be held at EverBank, so the defense should enjoy the benefit of having a home crowd. They must take advantage of it.