Was it tougher then some expected? YES, but in the NFL they all count the same, it’s not a beauty contest as they say. On a day when the run game simply could not get going the defense battered rookie Blake Bortles sacking him 9 times and hitting him another 15. Special teams blocked a punt for a TD early and the Ravens kept pace in the AFC North with a 20 to 12 win. The Ravens go for win number 10 vs. rookie Tom Savage next week in Houston.
They were just off today. Flacco was OK going 20 for 30 for 221 and a TD. He didn’t turn the ball over and wasn’t sacked. I question playing Torrey Smith as he clearly wasn’t himself. A few drops hurt the team again and only converting 25% on 3rd down won’t get it done most weeks. Bernard Pierce ran well late, but overall it was an off day. I thought the O-LINE was super in pass protection today as I can only remember Flacco being touched once. The 3rd down QB keeper late in the 4th was a nice low risk call.
No TD’s allowed, 8 sacks, 15 QB Hits, an interception to seal the win. They limited the Jags to 82 yards on the ground as well. Nice game on all levels. At times we don’t even know who is in the secondary but with a pass rush like the last 2 weeks, it may not matter. I am sure facing another rookie QB next week and maybe even the week after, has the defense ready for more.
Special Teams: B
Can’t fault two 54-yard misses, although one was pushed back to 54 yards following a silly delay penalty. Koch had a 50-yard average and had 2 punts downed inside the 20. Jacoby had a solid day returning the ball.
Coaches/Game Plan: C
Another silly challenge that from every angle shown suggested the challenge would fail. It was a 5-point game at that point and losing that timeout will someday burn you. Defensively the plan was solid and I was glad to see the pressure again this week. Hopefully it remains that way the rest of the year. Jacksonville brought the entire bag of tricks with them as they successfully executed an onside kick and fake punt. This kept the offense on the sideline longer than expected but the defense stepped up each time. Offensively I didn’t get the plan. Why rush Torrey back at less than 100% when Brown and Aiken looked so good last week? The 9 penalties for 70 yards week after week is annoying, especially the delay penalties or confusion in the huddle that cause silly timeouts to be taken. A win is a win is a win…2 more to go!