The Ravens will play in London in 2017 against the Jaguars at Wembley Stadium, the NFL announced Tuesday. It was expected that the Ravens would make the trip, with a game against the Jaguars already on next year’s schedule.
The Jaguars have played in London the past three seasons, and Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti had expressed a desire for his franchise to play oversees for the first time.
The London game will be played in either Week 3 (Sept. 24) or Week 4 (Oct. 1) and count as a road game for the Ravens, who will still play eight home games at M&T Bank Stadium.
Three other NFL games in London were also announced – Browns vs. Vikings, Rams vs. Cardinals, and Saints vs. Dolphins.
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The Ravens’ secondary was a big area of concern through the first six weeks of the season, as the team had allowed the eighth-most passing yards per game (269.5) in the NFL—and the loss of safety Tony Jefferson to a torn ACL only made the struggles all the more alarming.
So the Baltimore front office went out and traded for Rams cornerback Marcus Peters, shipping linebacker Kenny Young and a 2020 fifth-round pick to Los Angeles for the two-time Pro Bowler. He suited up for his first contest with the team in Week 7 against the Seahawks, and it only took two quarters for him to make a big impact on the game.
Peters returned Russell Wilson’s pass 67 yards to the house, putting Baltimore ahead in the road contest against one of the teams atop the NFC standings. The interception was his third of the season.
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Lamar Jackson doing Lamar Jackson things is always fun to watch. Whether it’s breaking ankles, racing past defenders or throwing dimes down the field, the Ravens quarterback can literally do it all.
His latest victim was the Seahawks defense.
Jackson somehow managed to turn a sure loss on third and long into a huge gain. The Ravens do a better job than any other NFL team of gaining chunk yards on rushing plays, and Jackson is obviously the biggest reason why.
There are very few people on the planet who can catch up with Jackson with the ball in his hands, and Seattle’s defensive linemen are not on that list.
There’s a reason Jackson entered Week 7 having rushed for more yards than six other *teams* in the NFL. He’s electric.
Jackson has transformed the Baltimore offense from one of the least exciting in the league to one of its most watchable, and it’s his exhilarating scrambles that captures attention most of all.
It’ll be a surprise if we don’t see a few more plays like this from Jackson this season.
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