The Jets defense and special teams outscored the Ravens offense. Joe Flacco didn’t complete a single pass in the second or third quarters. Yet the Baltimore Ravens (3-1) still doubled up the New York Jets (2-2) by a final score of 34-to-17. Here are some of the key points and stats to take away from the game:
Ed Reed had a free run at Mark Sanchez on the Jets first offensive play. Reed strip-sacked Sanchez and it was recovered for the first of the Ravens’ three defensive touchdowns.
All the Jets problems started with the offensive line. They could not protect Sanchez, nor could they create running lanes. The Jets averaged 2 yards-per-rush.
Colin Baxter started at center for Nick Mangold who still could not return from his high ankle sprain. Baxter was eventually removed from the game, but he was later reinserted when the Jets coaches realized that all their backup linemen are awful.
The defenses completely dominated this game. The two quarterbacks were 21-for-66 combine. There were seven turnovers and four defensive touchdowns. The Ravens defense scored 21 points, and the Jets scored 7 points. The two offensives combined only scored 16 points.
Another key injury
Bryan Thomas left the game with an ankle injury in the first half. He did not return.
There were five return touchdowns in this game, a new NFL record. The five men that made this painfully sloppy game historic were as follows:
-Jameel McLain (6-yard fumble recovery return)
-Joe McKnight (107-yard kickoff return)
-Jarret Johnson (26-yard fumble recovery return)
-David Harris (35-yard interception return)
-Lardarius Webb (73-yard interception return)
About the Author
Written by Fran Berkman
Francis (Fran) Berkman is a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY with a BS in Human Development. He is currently working towards a master's degree in journalism at Hofstra University. He lives in Massapequa, NY.