LONDON – This was domination, international style.
Quarterback Blake Bortles threw four touchdown passes, tight end Marcedes Lewis caught a career-high three touchdown passes and the Jaguars’ defense was stifling and opportunistic throughout as the Jaguars beat the previously unbeaten Baltimore Ravens, 44-7, at Wembley Stadium Sunday. 84,592
The Jaguars (2-1) moved over .500 after three games for the first time since 2010. It was their second one-sided victory of the season, having beaten Houston, 29-7, at Houston in Week 1.
Baltimore slipped to 2-1.
The victory gave the Jaguars their third consecutive victory in London after losing their first two games there. Baltimore was playing its first game at Wembley.
Bortles parlayed an efficient start into one of the best days of his career. He finished completing 20 of 31 passes for 244 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions and left early in the fourth quarter.
Lewis, a 12-year veteran and the team’s most-tenured player, caught touchdowns of 17, 30 and four yards. Wide receiver Allen Hurns caught Bortles’ other touchdown pass and wide receiver Marqise Lee finished with four receptions for 65 yards.
Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette rushed for 59 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.
The Jaguars’ defense was dominant early, allowing no first downs and three total yards on the first five Baltimore drives. The Jaguars’ defense also forced a takeaway during that span, with cornerback A.J. Bouye registering his first interception since signing as an unrestricted free agent this past offseason.
The defense allowed 186 yards for the game, registering three turnovers. Cornerback Jalen Ramsey registered his first interception of the season early in the second half.
The Jaguars now have eight takeaways this season, and are plus five in the category for the season. The Ravens did not have a takeaway Sunday after having five in each of the first two games.
The Jaguars had 411 yards offense and finished with a 24-12 advantage in first downs.
Step by step:
*The Jaguars got an early edge with a 23-yard field goal by Jason Myers and 17-yard touchdown pass from Bortles to Lewis. The field goal followed a three-out opening drive for the Ravens that Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. ended with his third sack of the season. Bortles keyed the ensuing 58-yard drive with a 35-yard pass to Lee and Myers’ field goal made it 3-0, Jaguars, with 9:05 remaining in the first quarter. The Jaguars then forced another three-and-out and Bortles capped the ensuing drive by hitting a wide-open Lewis after a fake end-around to Lee. That gave the Jaguars a 10-0 lead with 3:32 remaining in the quarter. Baltimore – which went three and out on its first four possessions -- had minus-1 yards in the first quarter and did not gain a first down. …
*The Jaguars pushed the lead to 13-0 with a 45-yard field goal by Myers with 10:40 remaining in the second quarter; it was their third consecutive series with a score to start the game. Bouye’s interception came with just over eight minutes remaining in the half, leading to a five-yard touchdown pass from Bortles to Hurns. That made it 20-0 with 4:55 remaining in the half and a 29-yard field goal by Myers with :38 remaining in the half made it 23-0, Jaguars.
*The Jaguars continued to push early in the third quarter, with Ramsey intercepting Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco on the Ravens’ first possession of the half. Bortles quickly passed to Lewis for a 30-yard touchdown down the middle of the field for a 30-0 lead with 9:42 remaining in the third quarter. They pushed the lead to 37-0 when Bortles passed four yards to Lewis after linebacker Telvin Smith returned a fumble 51 yards to the Ravens 3. Fournette’s three-yard run early in the fourth quarter made it 44-0, Jaguars. Ravens backup quarterback Ryan Mallett passed six yards to tight end Ben Watson to make it 44-7 with 3:24 remaining.
Notable: Hurns’ five-yard second-quarter touchdown was his third touchdown reception in the past three games in London. His 31-yard touchdown reception beat the Bills in 2015 and his 42-yarder helped secure a victory over Indianapolis last season. Former Jaguars running back Fred Taylor and former Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell were honorary captains for Sunday’s game. … Between 10-to-15 Jaguars players took a knee during the national anthem before the game. Players, staff and Owner Shad Khan locked arms during the anthem. … Ramsey (ankle), left tackle Cam Robinson (shoulder) and backup quarterback Chad Henne (illness) all were active for the Jaguars after being listed as questionable on the week’s final injury report Friday. Ramsey and Robinson both started the game. …
Injury report: Jaguars left tackle left in the second half with an ankle injury but returned. … Jaguars inactives Sunday: Lerentee McCray (knee), Running back T.J. Yeldon, quarterback Ryan Nassib, wide receiver Jaelen Strong (hamstring), cornerback Jalen Myrick, offensive lineman William Poehls and offensive lineman Josh Walker; McCray and Strong were ruled out Friday. …
What’s next: The Jaguars are scheduled to visit the New York Jets at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Sunday at 1 p.m.