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Sunday Night Football in Week 15 has massive playoff implications. The Baltimore Ravens travel to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars at EverBank Stadium. Both of these teams have posted great results but need a win to continue their quest for home-field advantage in the AFC.
The Ravens control their own destiny as they currently hold the number one seed in the AFC after beating the Rams in a thrilling overtime win just a week ago. Lamar Jackson has been fantastic and is poised for a title run.
Ravens rookie wide receiver Zay Flowers and veteran Odell Beckham Jr. have been playing extremely well of late and are the ticket to this team's success. Baltimore’s defense will have to buckle down and stay more consistent for this rough stretch of matchups to conclude their season.
The Jaguars' rebuild from a few years back is finally paying dividends, as they now have a quality team that can compete against any team in the NFL. Trevor Lawrence’s offense is thriving, and their recent additions have been fantastic.
This game could be an early postseason preview, and we’ll be paying close attention at WSN. Baltimore enters the game as a three-point favorite, which is a fair line. We recommend looking at the props in this matchup. Let’s break it down!
This Jaguars offense has many studs, so picking one player to shine can be difficult. However, Travis Etienne has been one of the offensive leaders for Jacksonville and consistently makes plays. His receiving line of 21.5 is our favorite prop of the game.
The Ravens' defense gives up the fourth-least passing yards in the league at 180.2. The Ravens are also the third in the league in quarterback pressures this season, so Lawrence may be forced to get rid of the ball early in this contest.
Etienne has covered 21.5 receiving yards in nine of his 13 games this season. He’s involved in almost every offensive package as well, which makes this prop more favorable. In close games, Etienne has been even better covering this line, so look for him to go over 21.5 receiving yards.
The Jaguars have become a more pass-heavy team in the last few years. They’ve taken a different approach to the game since adding Christian Kirk, Calvin Ridley, and Evan Engram. We understand that Etienne gets plenty of carries, but Lawrence prefers to move the ball through the air than with his legs.
Baltimore is 11th in the league in rushing yards allowed, and they defend opposing quarterbacks very well. This Baltimore defense is solid and should continue to improve as Roquan Smith and Kyle Hamilton get healthier.
Lawrence hasn’t rushed for more than 15 yards since his week seven matchup against the Saints. He’s also thrown for more than 250 passing yards in every game since the last time he carried the ball for more than 15 yards.
It seems that the coordinators have decided that the most successful way to move the ball is by keeping Lawrence in the pocket. With a six-game streak of under hits for his rushing yards, we will continue riding the hot trend.
The Ravens have been a run-first offense since the emergence of Lamar Jackson. While you never know who will be the ball carrier on any given play, Gus Edwards has been the consistent player in short-yardage situations.
Edwards has scored 10 touchdowns this season, and they’ve all been inside the 5-yard line. He’s an absolute tank of a runner who can plow through defenders and get tough yards.
Edwards hasn’t scored in two weeks, but before that, he had nine touchdowns in five games. Edwards is the only player in the league not named Christian McCaffrey that we would consider taking to score two touchdowns weekly.
The Jaguars are 15th in the league in rushing touchdowns allowed, giving up just 11 on the season. Between Jackson, Edwards, and rookie running back Keaton Mitchell, the power back is the one we like to score.
Who: Baltimore Ravens vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Where: EverBank Stadium. Jacksonville, FL
When: Sunday, December 17, 8:20 p.m. ET
Streaming: NBC Sports App
Tanner Kern has been working in the betting industry since 2020. He currently is a social media content creator at DraftKings and contributes to multiple sites in addition to WSN, including Forbes and VSiN. He is also the cohost of the podcast Ride the Line at WSN.More info on Tanner Kern
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