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The Ravens matchup against the London Jaguars

NFL: Baltimore Ravens at Jacksonville Jaguars Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Ravens and Jaguars face off in Week 3 in London!

Jaguars Key additions: OT Branden Albert, CB A.J. Bouye, DE Calais Campbell, S Barry Church, OL Earl Watford, LB Josh McNary

Jaguars Key losses: CB Davon House, TE Julius Thomas, DE Jared Odrick, DT Roy Miller, S Johnathan Cyprien, OL Luke Joeckel, CB Prince Amukamara, OT Kelvin Beachum.

Draft Picks: HB Leonard Fournette, OL Cam Robinson, DE Dawuane Smoot, WR Dede Westbrook, LB Blair Brown, CB Jaylen Myrick, FB Marquez Williams

Why they'll lose to the Ravens:

It’s no secret that the Jaguars have won the offseason every year since the dawn of time, but not much else. Every year we hear the same narrative that Blake Bortles has overhauled his mechanics, only to regress after a preseason game or two. Bortles threw 35 touchdowns in 2015, but 2016 saw him come back down to Earth, as Allen Robinson came back down with him. Bortles struggled against the Ravens in 2016, and there’s little evidence to suggest he’ll actually improve as a player. The Ravens defense has only gotten smarter and better, and mechanics aside, Bortles continuously makes terrible decisions. Bortles was so bad in 2016 that teams regularly had eight men in the box because they disrespected his ability that much. With fronts like that, it makes it even harder to run the ball and take it out of Bortles’ hands. If Bortles stays true to who he is, the Ravens defense should have no problem cleaning up.

Why they’ll beat the Ravens:

London games can be a rough travel for teams, but the Jags have more experience than anybody. Jacksonville secured a win in London last season against Andrew Luck and company, so it may serve as some sort of advantage. It’s hard to ignore the Jags top draft pick, bruising HB Leonard Fournette. Fournette was regarded by many as pro ready in 2015, so he may be the real deal. Couple Fournette with an improved defense and the Ravens could struggle. We’ve mentioned throughout this series that the Ravens glaring weakness appears to be on the offensive line, and Jacksonville has a lot of talent in its front 7. This has been a trend, but if the Ravens can keep Flacco clean, they should be able to easily win this one behind a strong defensive effort.

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How Will the Ravens’ trip to London go?

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  • 88%
    Ravens win
    (196 votes)
  • 9%
    Jaguars win
    (22 votes)
  • 1%
    Both teams tie
    (4 votes)
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