The NFL returns to London this weekend as the Baltimore Ravens take on the Jacksonville Jaguars. Kickoff is set for 9:30 a.m. EST on Sunday, September 24 at Wembley Stadium in London. CBS will air the game locally in Baltimore and Jacksonville, while everyone else can stream the game on Yahoo.com.

Oddsmakers list the Ravens as 4-point favorites. Initial betting in Baltimore’s favor has increased that line after the Ravens opened at -2.5. The over/under for the game is 39 points. Click here for a full list of the Week 3 betting odds and links to more game previews.

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Through two weeks, the Ravens look like contenders in the AFC North and perhaps even the entire AFC. The Ravens shut out the Bengals in Week 1 and allowed just 10 points against the Browns last week. Granted, those are not strong offensive teams. But the Ravens have also forced 10 turnovers in two games. Even against bad offensive teams that stat is hard to ignore.

Offensively, Baltimore has been nothing to write home about. After missing time during the preseason with a sore back, Joe Flacco appeared to be quite comfortable last week against the Browns. But again, the Ravens have yet to face one of the NFL’s better teams to really challenge him.

As for the Jaguars, things started out promising after a Week 1 win over the Texans. However, Jacksonville was quickly brought back to earth after being outmatched by the Titans at home last week. 

Jacksonville’s strategy of staying committed to running the ball, mixing in the pass occasionally, and playing solid defense should give them a chance to win most weeks. But once they fall behind, as they did early 3rd quarter last week against Tennessee, their chances of winning decline rapidly.

Free Pick & Point Spread Predictions: Ravens -4

This is not the same Jacksonville team we saw under Gus Bradley. The Jaguars are capable of remaining competitive with most NFL teams. That being said, as long as Baltimore’s defense doesn’t miss the flight to London, they should be able to contain the Jacksonville enough to secure a comfortable win that beats the spread.

The Ravens have held both of their opponents to less than 100 yards rushing, and that doesn’t bode well for Jacksonville’s chances on Sunday. Both Leonard Fournette and Chris Ivory had trouble getting going last week, and they may have that same problem this week. With Blake Bortles not being a threat to push the ball down the field unless he needs to, the Baltimore defense can focus a lot of energy stopping Jacksonville’s rushing attack.

If the Jaguars can’t move the ball consistently and eventually fall behind by more than a touchdown, they’ll be forced to take more chances throwing the ball. That’s when Bortles will be susceptible to throwing interceptions against a ball-hawking Ravens defense. 

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Offensively, things may not be easy for the Ravens. The Jaguars kept Tennessee out of the end zone for the entire first half last week. Also, Baltimore doesn’t exactly have an abundance of talent at the skill positions. But the Ravens have run the ball well the first two weeks, and Flacco can take chances down the field if he wants to. Eventually, the Ravens should be able to find the end zone once or twice.

At a certain point, I expect the Jaguars to need to throw their way back into the game. That’s when the turnovers will come, allowing the Ravens to add to their lead and leave London with a win that comfortably beats the spread.