Baltimore Sun staff picks for Sunday's Ravens-Jaguars game
Sep 22, 2016 | 11:22 AM
Baltimore Sun Ravens' editor Mark Selig offers his prediction for Sunday's matchup between the Ravens and the Jaguars in Jacksonville.
Through the first first two weeks of the season, each of the Baltimore Sun staff pickers are a perfect 2-0 in predicting the Ravens' results.
This week, there's finally some disagreement.
Jeff Zrebiec, Ravens reporter: Jaguars, 26-20 It seems much too simplistic to say the Jaguars will win because they are the more desperate team but not much makes sense on a weekly basis in the NFL anyway. How else do you explain the Ravens falling behind by 20 to the Browns? The Jaguars have much more talent and much higher expectations than the Browns.
Edward Lee, Ravens reporter: Jaguars 24, Ravens 21 The defense has been fortunate to have matched up against an ineffective Tyrod Taylor and an injured Josh McCown. But Blake Bortles represents a more difficult challenge with targets like Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns on the field. And the offense's continued struggles in the running game will be too much of a hurdle to overcome.
Mike Preston, Ravens columnist: Ravens 17, Jacksonville 14 The Jaguars are an up-and-coming team, but might be year or two away from putting together a couple of wins. The Ravens have struggled running the ball, but they'll have success this week against Jacksonville, which is allowing 122.5 yards rushing per game.
Mark Selig, Ravens editor: Ravens 27, Jaguars 24 The Jaguars are like a fall TV premiere whose network bombards us with promos all summer only to cancel the show after two episodes. They probably have a more talented cast than the Ravens, who have yet to impress this year, but Baltimore is a franchise that knows how to win and Jacksonville is one that hasn’t had a successful season since 2007. The coaching matchup of John Harbaugh vs. Gus Bradley is lopsided enough that the Ravens will leave Florida 3-0, albeit an unremarkable 3-0.
Childs Walker, reporter: Ravens 30, Jaguars 20 For all the talk about how the Jaguars might finally be decent, they haven't been very good the first two weeks, especially on defense. It's a pedigree pick in many ways. But this also feels like the week for the Ravens to get their running game on track.
Peter Schmuck, columnist: Ravens 26, Jaguars 20 The Ravens have a checkered history in Jacksonville and the Jaguars are better than their 0-2 record and minus-28 point differential, but after rebounding from a 20-point deficit in Cleveland, they're going to be pretty excited about getting a fresh start.
Jen Badie, editor:Ravens 24, Jaguars 23 Yes, this is already a must-win scenario for the 0-2 Jaguars. But so far this season, the Ravens have been able to find a way to win the close games they didn't win last year (like the Jaguars game). This would be the perfect opportunity for the Ravens to get the run game started (the Jaguars have the 25th-highest rushing yards allowed per game in the NFL) but Steve Smith, Mike Wallace and Dennis Pitta will likely be the difference-makers in this game yet again.