1. What the heck happened to Baltimore this year? That's a pretty steep cliff y'all fell off of.
Injuries, injuries, some more injuries, and a pitiful secondary that has also been hobbled by injuries. The Ravens' list of injuries reads like the casualties and maladies of a squadron returning from war.
We also have an insane defensive coordinator. So that's not helping either.
2. What's the greatest deficiency on the Ravens offense? How should an opposing defensive coordinator game plan against it?
Check out our super scary receivers. Chris Givens, Marlon Brown, Kamar Aiken, and Jeremy Ross headline this group that is sure to carve up defenses.
Said no one ever.
While I'm being a little flippant here, the truth is that the Ravens really don't have a WR1, or even a WR2-caliber receiver. While Joe Flacco can make do with practically any pass-catcher, I'd imagine that this matchup is probably one of the easier ones the Jaguars will see.
3. Do fans in Baltimore think Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson are legitimate receiving threats? Are they worried about the Jaguars offense at all?
Against our secondary, your average high school player could be classified as a "legitimate receiving threat." The combo of Hurns and Robinson will be one of the more formidable receiving corps the Ravens will see all year. Add in the gunslinger Bortles and the effective back Yeldon, and you've got some fans that are really worried about this Jaguars' offense.
4. Is there a Jaguars player on either side of the ball that you say, "If the Ravens don't stop him, we're in trouble"?
Not a player specifically, but I'd nominate the Jaguars' offense as a whole. Every quarterback that the Ravens have faced has practically disfigured the defense. Blake Bortles is probably the quarterback with the biggest cojones in the league, and his aggressiveness with his throws really frightens me. I'd expect the Jags to rip off quite a few big plays.
For the Ravens' defense, stopping the bleeding will really be the key to victory.
5. What's your prediction for Sunday? Who's coming out of this one the winner?
The Jaguars pull this one off in a shootout. They pull ahead early, and while the Ravens march back, it won't be enough to take home the victory. Jaguars 34, Ravens 24.