Jacksonville Jaguars at Baltimore Ravens. The current odds have Baltimore (-7) with a total of 41. Here are some betting news and notes from around the internet.
For the past two weeks, the Ravens’ generally top-notch secondary has struggled against two of the league’s more dynamic receivers. They gave up six receptions for 109 yards and a score to the Atlanta Falcons’ Julio Jones two weeks ago and last week allowed Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson to pull down five passes worth 111 yards and one touchdown.
Cornerbacks Jimmy Smith, Cary Williams and Lardarius Webb have all been repeatedly beaten by receivers over the past two games, and though this week it appears that Blaine Gabbert and the Jaguars’ receiving corps pose less of a threat, appearances can be deceiving.
Source: Bleacher Report
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey confirmed that starters will play through the third quarter of Thursday’s game.
Source: SB Nation
Jacksonville Jaguars starting left tackle Eugene Monroe will be out once again on Thursday
Source: Big Cat Country
Cornerback Derek Cox (hamstring), linebacker Daryl Smith (groin) and guard Will Rackley (high-ankle sprain) also will travel but will not play, Mularkey said.
Cornerback Rashean Mathis is expected to play after missing the first two preseason games. He spent the off-season rehabilitating from knee surgery.
Mularkey said he expects the starters to play at least three quarters in Baltimore. Through two games, it has played about three quarters, producing three touchdowns, and enough momentum to help carry the Jaguars to a 2-0 preseason record.
The first objective: maintain that momentum.
“We definitely want to keep this going,” defensive tackle Tyson Alualu said as the Jaguars (2-0 in the preseason) prepared to play the Ravens (1-1). Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert led the team to a first-possession touchdown drive against New York, then led the first-team offense to touchdowns on two of its first three drives against New Orleans. Gabbert has completed 18 of 26 passes for 174 yards and three touchdowns in a little more than three quarters with no interceptions and a 126.1 passer rating.
The team ranks fourth in the NFL after two preseason games with 163 yards a game rushing, that despite the absence of holdout running back Maurice Jones-Drew
Source: Jacksonville Jaguars
Baltimore’s vaunted defense will be attempting to bounce back from an unusually poor display in front of the home crowd a week ago, when the Ravens were lit up for 507 total yards and 341 through the air in Friday’s 27-12 setback to Detroit.
Much of Detroit’s damage did come after Baltimore pulled its starters shortly after the first quarter, however. The Ravens will be working their regulars for at least the opening half of Thursday’s tilt, viewed as the primary “dress-rehearsal” for the regular season.
That list still won’t include 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs, sidelined until at least November with a torn Achilles tendon, or tight ends Ed Dickson (shoulder) and Dennis Pitta (broken hand). Speedy wide receiver Torrey Smith appears to be on track to play for Baltimore, though, after missing last week’s bout with a sprained ankle.
Source: Sports Network
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