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Preston’s preview: Key matchup, what’s at stake in Thursday’s Ravens-Jets game

“It’s not a serious injury, in that sense,” coach John Harbaugh said after the team’s walk-through. “But this is day-to-day and we play Thursday night."

Key matchup

Ravens run offense vs. Jets run defense: The Jets have struggled in just about every area this season except on run defense. They are ranked No. 2 in the NFL, allowing only 78.8 yards a game. The Ravens have the league’s top running attack, averaging 200.9 yards, and are paced by quarterback Lamar Jackson and running back Mark Ingram II. New York basically runs a 3-4 defense with some variations, but its strength is in its linebackers, led by James Burgess (57 tackles), Neville Hewitt (55 tackles) and Brandon Copeland. The Ravens like to use Ingram, who has 887 rushing yards this season, inside the tackles and Jackson on the outside because Jackson’s speed puts pressure on the perimeter of the defense. In his past six games, Jackson has rushed for 441 yards and four touchdowns. He is the only QB in NFL history to produce at least 2,500 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a single season.

What’s at stake

The Ravens have a nine-game winning streak on the line and a win would give them their second straight AFC North title. A victory would also strengthen their hold on the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, something the franchise has never had. The Ravens are 11-2 for the first time in team history and have been to the playoffs eight times during the 12 years John Harbaugh has been the coach.

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Under the radar

Under Harbaugh, since 2008, the Ravens are a combined 65-33 in the months of November and December, third best in the NFL. New England is No. 1 at 69-24 and the Pittsburgh Steelers are No. 2 at 65-32.

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