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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2. Protect Trevor Lawrence, contain Justin Madubuike, Jadeveon Clowney

The Jaguars offensive line has been inconsistent this season. They've played great at times but they've also had rough stretches. Some of the issues fall on the turnover the group has had, with left guard and left tackle experiencing a revolving door. Injuries have forced four different players to take snaps the past five games (Cam Robinson, Walker Little, Ezra Cleveland, and Blake Hance).

On the other hand, the team's brass failed to address the left guard position in the offseason, expecting Ben Bartch to make a full recovery after dislocating his knee last year. Bartch was underwhelming in three starts, and Tyler Shatley and Walker Little took turns before the Jags traded for Ezra Cleveland.

With Cam Robinson on Injured Reserve, the ideal lineup is Little at left tackle and Ezra Cleveland at left guard. Both are dealing with injuries and are listed as questionable for the game but they're trending toward playing. The Jaguars will need them with Justin Madibuike and Jadeveon Clowney coming to the Bank on Sunday Night. The former has 11.0 sacks this season and the latter is second in Baltimore with 7.5.

Right tackle Anton Harrison will face Clowney and the combo of Little and Cleveland will deal with Madibuike inside for most of the game. Harrison has improved as the year has progressed and should be able to contain Clowney. That said, the Jags need to deploy tight-end help whenever possible or have Travis Etienne chip off.

Speaking of Travis Etienne, the Jaguars need to establish the run, something they've consistently failed to do, mainly to the personnel they have up front. But even if the gains are minimal, sticking to the run will negate or at least lessen the Ravens' pass rush.