November 26, 2022

The Baltimore Ravens are looking to continue their four-game winning streak when they visit the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Baltimore (7-3) put on a dominant defensive display last Sunday, beating visiting Carolina Panthers 13-3. The Ravens held the Panthers to 3-of-13 on third- and four-down conversions, forced the Panthers to three turnovers, and fired Carolina quarterback Baker Mayfield four times.

The Ravens are second in the league in forced turnovers (19), third in fewest rushing yards allowed (864) and ninth in sacks (31). Their defense also leads the league with the fewest third downs converted against the Ravens, at just 38. Opposing teams convert just 32.8 percent of the time against the Ravens, a mark that’s the third best in the league.

“It was a workmanlike win,” said Baltimore coach John Harbaugh. “It wasn’t pretty, but our defense improved a lot, controlled the run and made the turnovers.”

Baltimore, of course, is also led by one of the game’s best mobile quarterbacks in Lamar Jackson. Against the Panthers, he completed 24-to-33 passes for 209 yards and one interception while also rushing 11 times for 31 yards and a touchdown.

Jackson leads the NFL in rushing yards per attempt with a 6.9 average. He has three rushing touchdowns and 16 passing scores this season.

The Ravens’ quick attack could be bolstered this week with the return of running back Gus Edwards, who trained on Wednesday. He’s been out since injuring a hamstring on Oct. 27 against Tampa Bay.

Harbaugh also said this week that tackle Ronnie Stanley (ankle) and safety Kyle Hamilton (knee) are “trending in the right direction.” Harbaugh says veteran DeSean Jackson will “hopefully” be back this week and he trained on Wednesday.

Jackson, Stanley, Hamilton and tight end Mark Andrews did not practice Wednesday. Neither guard Kevin Zeitler, defensive tackle Calais Campbell nor corner Marcus Peters and Jalyn Armour-Davis (hip). Harbaugh said Jackson was dealing with a “problem” but would play on Sunday.

“I just wanted to hold him back and let him rest today,” Harbaugh said.

Campbell spoke to reporters on Wednesday and is also expected to play. He played in Jacksonville (3-7) before joining the Ravens in 2020. The 36-year-old is two sacks away from having 100 in his career.

“It’s a bit sentimental, I think, but really it’s just another football game,” Campbell said. “I’ve had some success on this football pitch but my mindset is stay in the moment… For me it’s just another opportunity to get a big win.”

The Jaguars are having a bye week. In their Nov. 13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, sophomore quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw two touchdown passes but also received five sacks.

It’s rare this season that Lawrence has been fired so many times. Among quarterbacks who started at least 10 games this season, only Jared Goff and Tom Brady have had fewer sackings than Lawrence (17).

During the season, the Clemson product completes 65.2 percent of his passes and has 13 touchdowns against just six interceptions — a season after he reached the NFL lead with 17 picks as a rookie. He also has three rushing touchdowns.

Lawrence’s improvement has seen the Jaguars rank ninth on offense at 362.2 yards per game this season.

“I think it’s important for us to play complementary football,” said Jacksonville full-back Christian Kirk. “That’s one thing we have to do – offensively, defensively and special teams. For us it means bringing everything together.”

Jacksonville placed linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson on the IR/Designated for Return List.

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