But the team from northern Florida is young and relies on a second year franchise signal caller, Blake Bortles, a player that has shown “flashes of brilliance.” It seems likely that Jacksonville has a bright future and will probably be a squad that produces more wins than losses as early as next season.
On the other hand, this game’s home team, the Baltimore Ravens, a squad that plays in the North Division of the American Football Conference, has enjoyed lots of success in the past several years leading up to this season.
An aging roster and injuries to important players have derailed the Ravens’ season. Baltimore, like its opponent this Sunday, has managed to win just two of eight games that it has played. However, unlike the visiting Jaguars, the Ravens rely on older players, some of whom are nearing the end of their careers.
So it is easy to say that the visitors are a team that is moving in the right direction – upward – while the home team, the Ravens, seem to be trending negatively – downward.
It doesn’t mean that Jacksonville will topple the Ravens when both teams step on the gridiron several days from now. It only means that Jacksonville has been showing “signs of life” in its recent games and may have improved enough to upset the favored Ravens.
It needs to be said, however, that the older players on the home team have had a week to rest and heal because their team had a bye last week. While some squads play sluggishly after a bye week, other teams, especially those with lots of veteran players, tend to improve their level of play.
Baltimore still has lots of weapons, particularly on offense which is led by QB Joe Flacco and can win the game if skilled players perform well. Jacksonville has skilled offensive players, as well, especially at the wide receiver position which includes players like Allen Hurns.
This contest will probably be decided by seven points or, put another way, by a single touchdown. The well-rested Ravens will be playing in front of thousands of their rabid fans. They have the home field advantage.
The visitors from Florida have youth on their side and a rapidly-improving quarterback that can complete short, intermediate and long passes with accuracy. The Jaguars and Ravens have little more to play for than individual and team pride.
But Jacksonville is getting better. This team’s improvement may manifest itself on Sunday with an upset win “on the road.”
Courtesy of the Baltimorewire.com