Scouting report

November 30, 1997|By Mike Preston

Ravens run offense vs. Jaguars run defense

The Ravens have the potential to push the Jaguars around a little bit, especially inside with guards Jeff Blackshear and Ben Cavil working against tackles Renaldo Wynn and Seth Payne. The Ravens, though, have to contain strong-side linebacker Kevin Hardy. -- EDGE RAVENS

Ravens pass offense vs. Jaguars pass defense

Ravens quarterback Vinny Testaverde has been struggling and wide receiver Derrick Alexander has been benched because of poor play. But this matchup usually works in the Ravens' favor because Jaguars cornerbacks Deon Figures and Dave Thomas can't handle receivers Michael Jackson and Jermaine Lewis. -- EDGE RAVENS

Jaguars run offense vs. Ravens run defense

The Ravens held Natrone Means to 67 yards rushing on 25 carries in the first game, but Means has gotten into shape. Look for Jacksonville to gain some yards, but the Ravens have too much up front for the Jaguars to handle, especially with offensive tackle Tony Boselli still struggling from an ankle injury. -- EDGE RAVENS

Jaguars pass offense vs. Ravens pass defense

This is where Jacksonville will win the game. Unless quarterback Mark Brunell turns in a stinker, he'll bomb the Ravens' secondary, which will be without starter Eugene Daniel, who had yet to join the team when the clubs met in Week 1 at Memorial Stadium. Cornerback DeRon Jenkins should play better against wide receiver Keenan McCardell in the slot, but Jimmy Smith will beat up on nickel back Donny Brady. -- EDGE JAGUARS

Special teams

The Ravens' special teams are ranked 22nd in the league and falling, and Jacksonville has better return and cover units. Both kickers, Mike Hollis of the Jaguars and Matt Stover of the Ravens, are excellent, and Jaguars punter Bryan Barker has had a more consistent year than the Ravens' Greg Montgomery. -- EDGE JAGUARS

Key matchup

With Daniel out of the starting lineup with a hamstring tear, the Ravens will have to use Brady in nickel coverage. The Jaguars set the tone for Brady by going after him in the first game, which eventually led to the second-year player being benched. The Jaguars will go after him again. -- EDGE JAGUARS

Intangibles

The Jaguars have not lost to the Ravens in three meetings and seem headed to another playoff appearance. They are also playing at home, where they have won 12 straight, and are coming off a 31-26 upset loss to the Bengals. -- EDGE JAGUARS

Prediction

The Jaguars have the Ravens' number and will expose their cornerbacks again. The Ravens lose by six and drop to 4-8-1. -- EDGE JAGUARS

Pub Date: 11/30/97

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