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Ravens vs Jaguars: Beatdown’s Staff predictions

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The undefeated Baltimore Ravens are aiming to maintain their tenuous grip on first place in the AFC North. In Week 3, they will square off against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London. Kickoff is scheduled for 9:30 AM ET.

Baltimore’s defense has dominated both of the Ohio teams they have faced so far. Jacksonville will field a similarly underwhelming offense and another mistake prone quarterback in Blake Bortles. Joe Flacco looked much more limber and comfortable in Week 2. However, the Jaguars defense will pose the toughest challenge to date; as they boast a supremely talented defensive line, speed at linebacker and a pair of shutdown cornerbacks.

Baltimore Beatdown’s Week 3 predictions:

Ravens 19, Jaguars 13. The Ravens and Jaguars have had one interesting series since Jacksonville's big 2011 win over the Ravens. The Jaguars always play the Ravens tough and I don't think this game will be any different. This will be a defensive struggle in London with two good defensive fronts, and both Ravens lines have questions without Brandon Williams and Marshal Yanda. The Jaguars defense will continue to give Joe Flacco problems, but I think the defense and Justin Tucker help the Ravens pull one out in England. - Evan Mazza

Ravens 27, Jaguars 13. Baltimore's offense will finally play well enough to take over the game. They say that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. I think that Joe Flacco is very tough and he will show that he can perform against one of the better defenses in the league. If Baltimore continues their game plan of running the ball and rolling out the pocket, expect a Flacco feast. - Kyle J. Andrews

Ravens 24, Jaguars 10. The Ravens defense has been forcing turnovers at an outstanding rate and with Blake Bortles up next, I don’t see that changing. Jacksonville’s defense will pose a tough challenge as well, but ultimately I can’t see the Ravens losing this game. - Tyler Jackson

Ravens 17, Jaguars 9. Another week, another bad quarterback for this Ravens defense to feast on. Doug Marrone probably won't be able to lean on Leonard Fournette this week, meaning Blake Bortles will need to make plays if the Jags are going to win in their second home. A turnover prone passer against a defense that has produced 10 takeaways in two games is a recipe for disaster for Jacksonville. - Jacob Louque

Ravens 17, Jaguars 13. The Ravens defense has forced 10 turnovers in two games, and now they face a quarterback who is very turnover prone. Leonard Fournette, the Jaguars best offensive weapon, will go up against the Ravens excellent front seven, and he won't find much running room. But the Jaguars have a great defense too. I think the Ravens will have a tough time moving the ball on this group. Losing Marshal Yanda is really going to hurt the Ravens offense as well. But at the end of the day, I think the Ravens superior defense will be enough to win this low scoring affair. - Matt Cohen

Ravens 13, Jaguars 10. This will be a tougher game for the Ravens than many anticipate after a physical game against Cleveland resulted in several impactful injuries in the trenches. The Jags strike first with points off a Flacco turnover. Baltimore’s defense takes control in the second quarter, but the offense is unable to get on track behind a patchwork blocking unit. Tony Jefferson forces the inevitable Bortles interception and Flacco proves his worth with a clutch fourth quarter touchdown pass to Breshad Perriman. - Vasilis Lericos