While the Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens haven’t been divisional foes since 2002, this will be the fourth consecutive year the two teams meet, and it is actually a bit of an underrated rivalry.
The two teams will travel across the pond and meet at Wembley Stadium in London for an early 9:30 a.m. EST contest on Sunday.
This year, the two squads are similarly built. Both the Ravens and the Jaguars have invested a lot into their defenses and it is fairly evident that is the side of the ball that will usually need to win games for either team. Offensively, there have been struggles for both clubs, but the running game has strong potential for each. In the passing game, Joe Flacco — despite a somewhat slow start — is head and shoulders above Blake Bortles.
The Ravens bring a 2-0 record, with two divisional wins in the AFC North, to London. The Jaguars are 1-1 with an impressive Week 1 and, well, a pathetic performance in Week 2. What can we expect in Week 3?
Let’s see what the series history between the Jaguars and Ravens has to say.
All-time regular season series record: Jaguars lead 11-9
Last Jaguars win: Nov. 15, 2015 (22-20)
Last Ravens win: Sept. 25, 2016 (19-17)
Current Streak: Ravens with one win
Biggest Jaguars win: 30-3 (Nov. 13, 2005)
Biggest Ravens win: 27-7 (Dec. 28, 2008)
Interesting takeaway: The teams have split the last six games in this series from 2005 to 2016, with three wins a piece. The home team won four of the six meetings, but the road team has won the last two games.
Quick thoughts: The Jaguars won the first eight matchups in this series, and then the Ravens rattled off six straight wins after that. The former AFC Central rivals have played very close games the majority of the time, as 15 of the 20 matchups were decided by seven points or less and 10 games were decided by three points or less — including each of the first four meetings in the series. Each of the last two matchups were decided by two points.
Date: Sept. 25, 2016
Location: Everbank Field
Team Stats: Jacksonville — 194 passing yards, 48 rushing yards, 14 first downs
Baltimore — 214 passing yards, 84 rushing yards, 18 first downs
Quick recap: This game’s end result was eerily similar to the 2015 matchup, but reverse. Justin Tucker nailed a 54-yard field goal with about one minute left that gave the Ravens a 19-17 lead and eventual win. In true Blake Bortles fashion, he threw an interception on the ensuing final drive for the Jags. As was the theme of 2016, the Jaguars had a difficult time running the ball and didn’t gain much more in the passing game, either, with just 216 total yards and 14 first downs.
Date: Nov. 15, 2015
Location: M&T Bank Stadium
Team Stats: Jacksonville — 188 passing yards, 90 rushing yards, 22 first downs
Baltimore — 316 passing yards, 89 rushing yards, 22 first downs
Quick recap: As I alluded to above, it was a 53-yard game-winning field goal as time expired for Jason Myers and the Jaguars — which was set up by a 15-yard face mask penalty on Baltimore’s Elvis Dumervil. The Jaguars defense caused four turnovers, picking off Flacco twice and recovering two fumbles. Additionally, the Jaguars had just one turnover, which was a second-quarter interception Bortles threw. The four-to-one turnover difference helped secure the win.
Series By Decade:
1990s: Jaguars dominated 8-0
2000-2010: Ravens dominated 7-1
2011-Present: Series tied at two wins each
Quick thoughts: The Jaguars were used to being the new kids on the block in the mid-to-late 1990s, but when the Ravens entered the league as newbies, Jacksonville gave them a warm welcome by reeling off eight straight wins. The Ravens quickly got sick of that, and took the first six matches in the 2000s. Now we are at the current back-and-forth between the two clubs, with three wins each in the last six games. The amount of competitiveness in this series is uncanny. Only three games out of 20 have been decided by more than one score (the Ravens beat the Jaguars 20-12 in 2014). The second meeting in 1998, the 2005 game and the 2008 affair were the only three occurrences where the game wasn’t won by one possession.
The Jaguars will make their fifth appearance in London on Sunday. Jacksonville has won two times out of the previous four, including two straight wins in 2015 and 2016. This will be the Ravens first appearance in the UK. Is this considered home field “advantage” for the Jags?
I think we can expect another close, low-scoring game with good defense throughout the contest.
What are your takeaways from the series history between Baltimore and Jacksonville? How will it translate to Sunday? Cast your vote in the poll and let us know your score prediction in the comments section below.
What will be Sunday’s result in London?
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Jaguars win, easy
Ravens win, easy
Jaguars win, close
Ravens win, close