After the Jets second drive of the game that pushed them deep into the red zone ultimately concluding with the game’s first points – a Nick Folk 27-yard field goal, it was pretty clear that the Jets offense would produce next to nothing.
Geno Smith was clearly overmatched and out of his league. It was a familiar scene for Jets quarterbacks when they face the Ravens on Rex Ryan’s watch.
In the three contests between these clubs since Ryan started patrolling the Jets’ sideline, Gang Green is still looking for their first offensive touchdown against the Ravens.
The Ravens haven’t exactly lit up the scoreboard either when taking on the Jets during the Ryan era, scoring just 3 touchdowns on offense, only one of which was delivered by the big right arm of Joe Flacco, Sunday’s 66-yard connection with Jacoby Jones.
The win keeps the Ravens in the race for the 6th seed in the AFC Playoff picture and possibly the AFC North division title. A Cincinnati Bengals loss to the Chargers in San Diego this Sunday combined with a Ravens win over the Steelers completely places the Ravens’ destiny in their own hands. Win out, win the AFCN.
For the record the Chargers are 1-point favorites over Marvin Lewis & Co.
But back to the Ravens v. Jets, there’s little time to savor Sunday’s win given the short week and the Thanksgiving Night showdown with their archrival Steelers. So let’s get to the GB&U…
Despite the blustery conditions Joe Flacco found the long ball that had been missing from the offense, connecting with Torrey Smith (60 yards) and Jacoby Jones (66 TD). He also demonstrated great footwork, extending plays and connecting with Jones and Ed Dickson on first quarter throws. He also hung in there against a blitz to connect with Dallas Clark on third down in the red zone during a second quarter drive.
- Ed Dickson had 3 catches for 55 yards, one that included some very inspired YAC that went for 27 yards. He also made a nice play as a defender stripping Jets DB Antonio Allen who should have had an interception.
- Daryl Smith was excellent in pass coverage, was sure tackler in run support and he contributed a sack.
- The Ravens secondary is shaping up very nicely. Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith are at the top of their game and Corey Graham is playing extremely well at corner while Webb slides into nickel/slot corner.
- Although the stats won’t show it, Haloti Ngata was stout at the point of attack in run support in limited action. His presence redirected plays for others to clean up.
- Courtney Upshaw was a beast on special teams
- Special teams on whole were very good and helped to tilt the field in the Ravens favor throughout the game.
- Pernell McPhee and Arthur Brown provided a spark when given the opportunity
- Sam Koch has had a subpar season but on Sunday he was solid on an afternoon that often challenges kickers and punters, averaging 45.5 yards on 6 punts, 3 of which were inside the 20.
- Justin Tucker chips in with 13 points going 4-for-4 on FGA’s in windy conditions including a 53-yarder
- 2.2 yards per carry just isn’t going to get it done in December and January (if there is one)
- Empty backfield on first down? C’mon man!
- Joe Flacco’s cadence is ridiculously monotonous. Why not just go to, “On your mark, get set, GOOOOOO!”
- What’s up with Brandon Williams? Regularly an “inactive” lately and losing snaps to Terrence Cody and DeAngelo Tyson?
- Where has Terrell Suggs gone? In the last 3 games Sizzle has fizzled TOTALING just 7 tackles and 0 sacks. In the 8 games prior to this skid, Suggs AVERAGED 7 ½ tackles and 1.1 sacks PER GAME.
- AQ Shipley and Gino Gradkowski were manhandled. Adding insult to injury, Shipley violations inspired yellow laundry to the tune of 20 yards.
- Tandon Doss is back to playing like he did before the Ravens cut him. His poor judgment on punt returns cost the Ravens field position and there’s really little use for a guy with average speed and bad hands. If Dennis Pitta is activated, Doss could be (and should be) the odd man out.
- Joe Flacco’s pass intercepted by Antonio Cromartie was yet another example of the Ravens’ signal caller predetermining his throws. Granted there was some confusion between Marlon Brown and Torrey Smith with their route distribution but Flacco stared that one down for a while and had ample time to get the easy five yards from Smith’s buttonhook.
THOMPSON CREEK PLAYER OF THE GAME
With 4 catches for 103 yards and the games only touchdown PLUS 5 punt returns averaging 21.6 yards, Jacoby Jones was the games biggest difference maker and best dancer.