Sunday, October 2, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Ravens 34, Jets 17
By Jamison Hensley
BALTIMORE -- Thoughts on the Baltimore Ravens' 34-17 win over the New York Jets:
What it means: The Ravens improve to 3-1 and move out to a one-game lead on the entire division (the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers are all 2-2). Other than a slip-up at Tennessee, Baltimore has been one of the most dominant teams in the NFL. And the Ravens have been extremely dominant when it comes to the Jets, beating them seven straight times.
Thumbs up: Baltimore's defense. The Ravens set a franchise record with three touchdowns scored by their defense, which says a lot considering their legacy on that side of the ball. Baltimore scored defensive touchdowns in the first (6-yard fumble return by Jameel McClain), second (26-yard fumble return by Jarret Johnson) and third quarters (73-yard interception return by Lardarius Webb).
Thumbs down: Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco didn't complete a pass in the second or third quarters. Not all of the passing game's struggles can be blamed on Flacco, whose receivers dropped some passes, too. His forgettable streak was 12 straight incompletions, which spanned 35 1/2 minutes.
Jumping out: The Ravens took a 17-7 lead in the first quarter, which isn't surprising. Baltimore has outscored opponents this season, 52-7, in the opening period.
No help: The Baltimore defense didn't get any support from the rest of the team. The Ravens' special teams allowed a 107-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, and Flacco had an interception ran back for a score. That was 14 of the Jets' 17 points.
What's next: The Ravens enter their bye week before playing the Houston Texans in Baltimore.