Ravens aim to reverse fortunes in Jacksonville

OWINGS MILLS — Jacksonville has been a tough place to play for the Ravens.

The Ravens are 3-10 all-time at EverBank Stadium and play another vital game in north Florida in Week 15.

Coach John Harbaugh did not have an explanation for why the Ravens struggle in Jacksonville other than his teams have been outplayed.

Th Ravens have not won a road game against the Jaguars since 2016.

“For me, just the games that we’ve played there [in Jacksonville] that I remember, they’ve played better than us,” Harbaugh said. “We have not played our best games down there the last couple times.” 

Here’s a breakdown of the Ravens games in Jacksonville:

  • Noember. 10, 1996 — Jaguars 30, Ravens 27
  • November 30, 1997 — Jaguars 29, Ravens 27
  • September 20, 1998 — Jaguars 24, Ravens 10
  • November 14, 1999 — Jaguars 6, Ravens 3
  • October 8, 2000 — Ravens 15, Jaguars 10
  • November 25, 2001 — Ravens 24, Jaguars 21
  • November 13, 2005 — Jaguars 30, Ravens 3
  • October 24, 2011 — Jaguars 12, Ravens 7
  • September 25, 2016, Ravens 19, Jaguars 17
  • November 27, 2022 — Jaguars 28, Ravens 27

The Jacksonville Jaguars sideline reacts to what they think is a Ravens turnover during the first quarter of a regular-season matchup Sunday, November 27, 2022 at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville. 

Last year, Jacksonville quarterback Trevor Lawrence put together a 10-play, 80-yard, game-winning touchdown drive with no timeouts, capped by a 10-yard scoring pass to wide receiver Marvin Jones with just 14 seconds remaining. Zay Jones, who finished the contest with 11 receptions for 145 yards, caught a two-point conversion for the 28-27 lead.  Ravens kicker Justin Tucker missed a 67-yard field goal at time expired.

“The Jacksonville game last year was a straight up, ‘Hey. They had four downs. They had plenty of time to go down and score,” Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald said this week. “We have to stop them.’ In that game, we got them in a third-and-long. [We] had two downs to try and get them to fourth down, and we didn’t make those plays to make it. When you’re looking at fourth-quarter drives to win the game, you’re not really thinking in terms of the calls and plays.

“You’re thinking [about] players and matchups. Our guys understand it’s hard to stop a team with four downs, so a lot of times, it’s a takeaway or a sack to lead us to the victory in those situations.”

The Ravens are hoping for a better end to the game on Sunday to hold on to that top seed in the AFC playoffs.

The key will be containing Lawrence and shutting down running back Travis Etienne, who ranks fifth in the NFL with 806 yards rushing.

“The kid [Lawrence] has a great arm,” Ravens inside linebacker Patrick Queen said. “He can see coverages, and the players do a good job, once they get the ball in their hands, [of] making plays for them. Travis is a great back. He can do everything on the field. He can receive. He can run the ball behind the [offensive] line. He can run behind his passing stuff. It’s a full-on challenge that we just have to be ready for.” 

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