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Baltimore Ravens vs. Jacksonville Jaguars - 8/8/19 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Jacksonville Jaguars at Baltimore Ravens
Date & Time Thursday August 8, 2019, 7:30 PM (EDT)
Location
M&T Bank Stadium
Baltimore, Maryland
The Line
The Line: Baltimore Ravens -4.5 -- Over/Under: 33
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The Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens meet Thursday in a NFL preseason game at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Jacksonville Jaguars should focus this preseason on getting quarterback Nick Foles comfortable with his new team, as the lack of offense over the years has prevented this franchise from taking that next step. We know what the Jags defense is capable of and will remain one of the top units in the league, but improved QB play could take Jacksonville from a decent AFC squad to a possible Super Bowl contender. The position battles to watch are at right tackle between Jawaan Taylor and Will Richardson, as well as wide receiver coipition between Dede Westbrook and Chris Conley. The Jags have to get their offense going if they’re to return to the team they were a couple of years ago. The Jacksonville Jaguars have won four of their last five preseason games.

The Baltimore Ravens are officially in the Lamar Jackson era and it’s going to be interesting to see his growth from his rookie season. If Jackson becomes more of a reliable passer, it opens up his running game and allows this Ravens offense to become much more balanced. Figuring the offensive line out will be key to the Ravens’ success, as players such as Jermaine Eluemunor and Ben Powers are fighting for playing time, and coach Harbaugh admitted that nobody has emerged at the left tackle position. The Ravens also have battles at both the inside and outside linebacker positions. Tim Williams will have to step up in the absence of Terrell Suggs, while Tyus Bowser has a chance to become more than a special teams contributor with the lack of depth and experience at the second line. The Baltimore Ravens have won each of their last 13 preseason games.

The Jaguars are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Thursday games, 2-5-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. AFC and 2-8-2 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Ravens are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games on fieldturf. The Jaguars are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the home team is 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Jaguars last 5 games overall.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have a new quarterback leading the way and have a ton of rookies in their second and third units, so I can understand why they're underdogs in this spot on the road. The Baltimore Ravens also have two capable quarterbacks with starting experience in Jackson and RGIII. However, I'm not big in laying more than a field goal in preseason games, as these are often coin flips and predicting what second and third stringers are going to achieve is some of the toughest stuff to do in this business. Anytime I can get more than a field goal in a preseason game, I usually take my chances with the points. Give me the Jags.

Pick:
Jacksonville Jaguars +4.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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