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NFL Week 15 PFF ReFocused: Baltimore Ravens 40, Jacksonville Jaguars 14

Dec 20, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) throws to wide receiver Dez Bryant (not pictured) for a second quarter touchdown as Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson (45) defends at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens crushed the Jacksonville Jaguars in a 40-14 win as they continue their quest for a playoff berth with two games to go.

Quarterback Lamar Jackson seems to be playing his best football of the year, racking up 10 total touchdowns over the course of his team’s three-game win streak.

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Story Of The Game

Baltimore’s pass-rush feasted on Gardner Minshew in the first half, pressuring him on 50% of his dropbacks for four sacks and a safety. Ex-Jaguar Yannick Ngakoue had himself a field day, notching four of the Ravens’ 20 pressures and a strip-sack of Minshew in the third quarter. The Jacksonville offense failed to convert twice on fourth down and gifted Jackson a short field as he helped the Ravens build a 26-point lead by halftime.

Jackson found Dez Bryant for an 11-yard touchdown today for his first scoring reception since Dec. 10, 2017, against the New York Giants. The Ravens’ quarterback finished 17-for-22 for 243 passing yards and three touchdowns. Jackson threw his fourth interception in five games but recorded his third straight game with a rushing score, too.

Baltimore’s 159 rushing yards on offense today is a good sign this team may be getting back to its 2019 roots at the most opportune time, especially with the Giants and the Cincinnati Bengals left on the schedule. If the Cleveland Browns lose on Sunday Night Football, the Ravens' 2-0 record against the divisional rival will help mightily in the chase for a wild-card playoff spot.

The Jaguars find themselves on the verge of a total rebuild, considering their best two players on defense got torched in coverage. Joe Schobert and Myles Jack combined to surrender 12 receptions for 152 yards and two touchdowns on initial review.

Baltimore found itself down to four cornerbacks at one point because of injuries, and its best player on the back end struggled mightily. Marlon Humphrey played 388 snaps in coverage without allowing a touchdown this season only to surrender three in his past three games. Minshew completed 7-of-9 passes for 95 yards and a score when targeting Humphrey in the game.

Dec 20, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson (30) dives for a touchdown after a catch against Baltimore Ravens corner back Marlon Humphrey (44) and linebacker Patrick Queen (48) during the third quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Rookie Watch

J.K. Dobbins is playing a larger role in the Ravens’ backfield as the regular season winds down, touching the ball 15 total times today for 81 yards and a touchdown. He played 34 snaps on offense this afternoon, seven more than Gus Edwards. Dobbins has also scored in four consecutive games.

Patrick Queen may have turned in his best single-game performance since Week 5 against the Cincinnati Bengals. He generated three total pressures, came up with two stops in the running game and gave up only eight yards in coverage.

For the Jaguars, James Robinson flashed his ability as a pass-catching weapon out of the backfield with a touchdown in the third quarter. Second-round draft choice Laviska Shenault Jr. still looks incredibly raw at the wide receiver position, but he caught five of six passes today from Minshew for 43 yards.

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