The Baltimore Ravens are still alive in the AFC playoff race. After a win over the Miami Dolphins last week, Baltimore improved to 8-5 and tied for one of the two wild-card spots in the AFC and now they host the excruciatingly bad under the best circumstances Jacksonville Jaguars who are 13.5 point underdogs. The Jags haven’t won a single road game this year, going 0-6.
Matchup: Jacksonville Jaguars at Baltimore Ravens
Date: Dec. 14, 2014
Start Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Stadium: M&T Bank Stadium
TV Info: FOX
Radio: Jacksonville Vs Baltimore
Point Spread: Ravens -13.5
Game Total: 45
Analyzing My Jacksonville Jaguars at Baltimore Ravens NFL Week 15 Spread Betting
With an 8-5 record, the Ravens are currently third in the AFC North, behind the Cincinnati Bengals (8-4-1) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5). Cincy will have their hands full with Johnny Manziel, Josh Gordon and the Browns in Cleveland and Pittsburgh will visit Atlanta to face the Falcons. If the Bengals & Steelers lose and the Ravens win, Baltimore will be the new AFC North leader.
Baltimore was firing on all cylinders last week, beating Miami 28-13 in Miami in a battle of squads that are clearly in the race for their playoff lives. The Ravens steamrolled the overmatched Dolphins, out-gaining them 447-269 in totals yards.
Defensively on the season, the Baltimore Ravens are allowing 19.6 points, 351.6 yards, and they’ve forced 37 sacks and 18 turnovers.
Baltimore has the 10th best total offense in the NFL averaging 376.5 yards per game and scoring 27.4 points per game with QB Joe Flacco throwing for 3258 yards, 22 TDs & 9 INTs on the season. Flacco has completed 67.5 percent of his passes and has a 101.3 rating while throwing eight TDs and two INTs in the last five games.
Flacco has posted a 100+ QB rating the past 3 consecutive games. Last time he did that? His 2012 Super Bowl MVP run. pic.twitter.com/67fdH9zZ59
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) December 11, 2014
WR duo Steve Smith and Torrey Smith have combined almost 1,600 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns while TE Owen Daniels, who replaced Dennis Pitta, has eight receptions in his last four games.
The Ravens ground game is averaging 4.7 yards per carry, as Justin Forsett leads the way with 1,080 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. A year ago Forsett was sent packing from Jacksonville after foot injuries and the Jags brass opting to spend big bucks on Toby Gerhart, who has 211 yards on 73 carries this year, and lost the starting job to the now-injured Denard Robinson.
“I’m a big fan of Justin since my days in Seattle, since he was there,” Bradley commented. “I just felt like he was a great person, great in the locker room. He just had some injuries when he was here. He struggled with playing time because of that injury. It just really lingered on and we had some younger guys at the running back spot, so I can’t say enough good things. I’m really excited what’s taken place for him out there. I think the injury was the big situation for us.”
Forsett, since establishing himself as the Ravens’ lead back, has 1,090 yards on 192 carries this year, leading the league with a 5.6-yard average.
The Jaguars, at 2-11, are now auditioning for the 2015 NFL season. Hopefully in the process they will be able to protect first round draft pick rookie QB Blake Bortles, who has been sacked 38 times in the season, 19 of those in the last four games. he has two touchdowns and two picks in his last three games
Bortles is completing 61.2 percent of his passes for 10 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Allen Hurns and Allen Robinson have combined for more than 1,100 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Marqise Lee has 11 of his 27 receptions in his last two games.
The Jags have the second worst total offense in the NFL, scoring 15.3 points per game.
The Jaguars ground game is averaging 4.2 yards per carry, as Denard Robinson, who will miss the remainder of the season due to a mid-foot sprain, leads the way with 582 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
— Jacksonville Jaguars (@Jaguars) December 11, 2014
Defensively, the Jacksonville Jaguars are allowing 27.4 points, 377.2 yards, and they’ve forced 39 sacks and 17 turnovers.
The Ravens are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games, 4-0 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, but 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 vs. AFC teams.
The Jaguars are 3-8-2 ATS in their last 13 games following a SU loss, 2-6-2 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS loss, 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record, 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games in December, 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 road games.
Since 2001, Baltimore leads the series 5-2 against Jacksonville. The Jaguars won the last meeting 12-7 in 2011 in Jacksonville. The Jags have not played in Baltimore since 2008.
The almost 2 touchdown online football betting spread is colossal. The Jags will struggle without Robinson. Take the Ravens.