3 Things Ravens Weekend

December 26, 2008|By Jamison Hensley

THREE THINGS THAT NEED TO GO RIGHT ...

1

Take an early lead. In the Jaguars' past two road losses, they fell behind 10-0 in the first quarter at Houston and trailed 20-3 at halftime at Chicago. Jacksonville quarterback David Garrard has thrown nine of his 11 interceptions this season when trailing in the game.

2

Attack through the air. Jacksonville has given up 25 passing touchdowns, the third-most in the NFL. Rookie quarterback Joe Flacco hasn't thrown for multiple touchdowns in his past three games.

3

Hold on to the ball. The Ravens got lucky last game because they could have lost a couple of fumbles. Since 2000, the Ravens are 60-3 when they win the turnover battle.

... AND THREE THINGS THAT COULD GO WRONG

1

Running game gets shut down. The Jaguars have limited teams to 52.3 rushing yards in their past three games. The Ravens are 1-3 when they have been held under 113 yards on the ground.

2

The Ravens have trouble tackling Maurice Jones-Drew in space. With Fred Taylor done for the season, he is Jacksonville's best offensive weapon. Jones-Drew is the NFL leader among running backs in catches (61) and receiving yards (555).

3

Injuries to the secondary. The Ravens haven't been the same when they lose a starting cornerback during the game. Fabian Washington hurt his hamstring two games ago, and Samari Rolle sprained his foot last game.

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