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Playoff Bound: Ravens 27 – Jaguars 7

Dec. 28, 2008, 9:44 PM

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Here are few notes following the Ravens 27-7 stomping of the Jacksonville Jaguars

1) Joe Flacco and the offense looked very solid. This was easily Flacco’s best game of the year. He looked very comfortable out there and made some incredible throws to Mark Clayton and Derrick Mason. Cam Cameron threw in a flea flicker and also got Troy Smith involved. The big play from Smith came in the third quarter when he lateraled the ball to Flacco, who then found him for a 36 yard catch and run.  Le’Ron McClain, Willis McGahee and Lorenzo Neal all contributed nicely on the ground. Zero turnovers is a very nice stat to see.

2) The defense was great again. Although it looked like Maurice Jones-Drew would gain 100+ yards after a good first half, the Ravens played shut down D in the second half. I cannot say enough about Ed Reed. He had 2 more interceptions today to give him a league leading  nine for the season. If he does not win the Defensive Player of the Year Award, I will be shocked and dissapointed.

3) The Miami Dolphins defeated the New York Jets to win the AFC East, which means Baltimore will travel to Miami for a 1:00 kickoff on Sunday, January 4 on Wild Card Weekend.

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Week 17: Ravens-Jaguars Preview

Dec. 28, 2008, 5:30 AM

Quarterback David Garrard and the Jags are looking to spoil the Ravens playoff hopes

Quarterback David Garrard and the Jags are looking to spoil the Ravens playoff hopes

Game Info:
Kickoff: 4:15 p.m. (ET)
Site: M&T Bank Stadium (71,008) • Baltimore, MD.
TV: CBS
Announcers: Dick Enberg (play-by-play), Randy Cross (color)

Matchups:

Ravens Offense vs. Jaguars Defense – The Ravens will pound the ball as they have all season with Le’Ron McClain and Willis McGahee. Look for Ray Rice to get a healthy dose of carries if the Patriots lose their game against the Bills (which clinches a playoff spot for Baltimore). The Jaguars looked strong last week against the Colts rushing attack, holding them to 32 yards on the ground. Their pass defense is another story; Peyton Manning did not get sacked once and torched Jacksonville for 364 yards through the air. The Jags have been without Rashean Mathis, their top corner, since placing him on injured reserve on 12/4.

Jaguars Offense vs. Ravens Defense – Jacksonville has a very explosive weapon in running back Maurice Jones-Drew. He is a threat to score any time he touches the ball. But “Mojo” is nursing a sore knee and will not be 100% by kickoff. The Ravens defense has not allowed a 100 yard rusher is 34 consecutive games, and they haven’t allowed one at home since 2004. Still, Jones-Drew is one of the better pass blocking backs in the league and he could give quarterback Davis Garrard the extra second or two he needs to make decisions against a ferocious Ravens defense.

The Prediction – The Ravens are 7-1 in season finale games played at home, having won 7 consecutive. I believe today will be no different. John Harbaugh has this team playing smart, physical football. After last week’s win in Dallas, facing 5-11 Jacksonville at home should be an easy task. Sure things do not exist in the NFL, but this is as sure as they come. RAVENS, 27 – 13.

Ravens – Jags kickoff moved to 4:15

Dec. 22, 2008, 2:59 PM

•The NFL announced today that kickoff for this Sunday’s Ravens-Jaguars game at M&T Bank Stadium  has been moved from 1:00 to 4:15. The game will still be carried on CBS.

•Other game time changes include the Dolphins at Jets and Cowboys at Eagles being moved to 4:15. The league announced yesterday that the Broncos – Chargers game will be moved to 8:15 to be shown NBC’s Sunday Night Football


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