Scouting report

November 01, 1998|By Mike Preston

Ravens run offense vs. Jaguars run defense

The Ravens have the No. 21 rushing offense in the league and they've had problems finding some degree of consistency. They won't be able to run outside against Jacksonville, so guards Jeff Blackshear and Ben Cavil and center Wally Williams need to have big games against tackles John Jurkovic and Renaldo Wynn and middle linebacker Bryan Schwartz. -- EDGE -- Jaguars

Ravens pass offense vs. Jaguars pass defense

The Jaguars have a weak secondary, and the unit has been getting picked on again. The Jaguars' pass defense is ranked 28th. Unlike the first game, the Ravens should be aggressive and go after cornerbacks Dave Thomas and Aaron Beasley, who can't stop receivers Jermaine Lewis and Michael Jackson. The key is coach Ted Marchibroda and his willingness to throw downfield. -- EDGE -- RAVENS

Jaguars run offense vs. Ravens run defense

The last time they played, the Jaguars' passing game set up the run. On a pure matchup basis, the Ravens can shut down the Jaguars' run offense. The Jaguars have quality tackles in Tony Boselli and Leon Searcy, but Ravens defensive tackles Tony DTC Siragusa and James Jones can dominate guards Ben Coleman and Rich Tylski. Center Quentin Neujahr is no match for Ravens

middle linebacker Ray Lewis. -- EDGE -- RAVENS

Jaguars pass offense vs. Ravens pass defense

The Ravens' cornerbacks -- DeRon Jenkins, Rod Woodson and Duane Starks -- are no match for receivers Jimmy Smith and Keenan McCardell. The Ravens have to be aggressive, play the receivers tight, bump them and then hope their blitzes or pass rush can get to quarterback Mark Brunell. If that doesn't happen, the Ravens are in for a long day. -- EDGE -- JAGUARS

Special teams

Jaguars kicker Mike Hollis is 8-for-13 on field goals, missing twice from the 20- to 29-yard range. Counterpart Matt Stover is 10-for-15 but had hit seven in a row before missing a 45-yarder last week. Believe it or not, the Jaguars' kickoff coverage is worse than the Ravens', but they do a better job of returning kicks. Jermaine Lewis gives the Ravens an edge in punt returns. -- EDGE -- RAVENS

Key matchup

Ravens defensive end Rob Burnett vs. offensive tackle Leon Searcy: With Brunell being left-handed and aware of Michael McCrary's every move, it will be hard for McCrary to get a sack. But Burnett is the blind-side guy this week, and if he can whip Searcy, he can move Brunell out of the pocket. -- EDGE -- JAGUARS

Intangibles

The Jaguars have lost two straight and got beat by Denver, 37-24, last week, but they are 5-0 against the Ravens. The Ravens are trying to avoid a four-game losing streak. Playing at home should be an advantage, but the Ravens are 1-2 in their $223 million stadium. -- EDGE -- JAGUARS

Prediction

Brunell and Co. light up the Ravens' secondary. Jacksonville 30, Ravens 19. -- EDGE -- JAGUARS

Pub Date: 11/01/98

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