The Jacksonville Jaguars head out on the road to battle the Baltimore Ravens in the third week of NFL preseason football. Here is a look at the problem areas these two teams need to work on as they prepare for the regular season to get underway.
The Ravens looked really good against the Atlanta Falcons in Game 1 of the 2012 NFL preseason. However, they looked less than ordinary against the Detroit Lions, as Baltimore had problems putting the ball in the end zone. The one constant is that Ray Rice is the team's biggest star and Joe Flacco is a solid quarterback. The receivers need more work.
Baltimore, best known for their stifling defense, has not been dominant this preseason. The secondary struggled against both Detroit and Atlanta, but those teams have all-star quality receivers. The Jaguars receivers remain untested and this is a chance to see Baltimore try to patch up their problems in the secondary. The defensive line also has not really pressured the quarterbacks, so it is time to get the starters on the field for an extended length of time to see if they can work out their kinks.
The biggest story in Jacksonville revolves around running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who continues to hold out. The new owner of the Jaguars, Shad Khan, has chosen to make public his opinions of the running back and Jones-Drew takes the comments as a lack of respect. Without Jones-Drew, the Jaguars have no chance of winning in 2012, but Jacksonville needs to find out if Rashad Jennings is a reliable starter in the meantime.
Quarterback Blaine Gabbert and rookie wide receiver Justin Blackmon made a splash last week in Blackmon's first live-game action. It is time to see if Blackmon and Laurent Robinson can give the Jaguars their first real wide receiver threats in years as they should both start through three quarters tonight.
The Jaguars come into the game relatively injury free. Baltimore has two injured tight ends, including Ed Dickson. Wide receiver Torrey Smith also has an ankle injury but has practiced and Baltimore lists him as probable.
Where to See the Game
The game pitting the Jaguars vs. Ravens kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game can be live streamed online.
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