NFL Week 3 Pick: Baltimore Ravens at Jacksonville Jaguars (London)

Matthew Jordan

Thursday, August 24, 2017 7:58 PM UTC

Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 7:58 PM UTC

The first of the NFL's London games is upon as Baltimore faces Jacksonville with an early-morning start time on the U.S. East Coast. The Jags are unofficially London's team since they play there once a year.

Baltimore Ravens "at" Jacksonville Jaguars (+4, 39.5)

You hear talk that the Jaguars could move to London eventually. Maybe they should. They stink in northeast Florida but have won two straight at Wembley Stadium. Survivor Pick: Jacksonville.

One of the biggest injuries of Week 2 happened to the unbeaten Ravens as they lost arguably the league's best offensive lineman, Pro Bowl right guard Marshal Yanda, to a season-ending ankle injury in their win over Cleveland. He's the fourth O-Lineman lost since the start of training camp but by far the best. Yanda, who has gone to six consecutive Pro Bowls, was named the best offensive lineman in the league last season by Pro Football Focus. Some dude named Tony Bergstrom will replace him, but even  John Harbaugh admits: "Nobody can replace Marshal Yanda. Not one person." Jacksonville has an excellent front seven defensively. If Yanda was in there, I'd probably change this pick. The Jags do have a bit of an advantage in knowing about all the intricacies of playing one of these London games.

  • Ravens are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
  • Jaguars are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Free NFL Pick: Jaguars +4Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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Are the Ravens one of the NFL's best defensive teams or have they been fortunate in terms of opponents in allowing 10 combined points in wins over Cincinnati and Cleveland? I'd say a bit more the latter because the Bengals are a complete mess on offense and the Browns are starting an overmatched rookie at QB. The Jags looked great defensively in Week 1 in beating Houston but then not so much in the Week 2 loss to Tennessee. But I'll be going under here because it's hard to trust either Joe Flacco or, especially, Blake Bortles. He had only 11 completions and 89 yards passing through three quarters last week and turned the ball over three times in a loss to Tennessee.

  • Under is 10-3 in Ravens last 13 games following a ATS win.
  • Under is 5-0-1 in the last 6 meetings.
Free NFL Pick: Under 39.5Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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