AFC North: 2011 Week 7 Rapid Reaction
October, 25, 2011
By Jamison Hensley | ESPN.com
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Thoughts on the Baltimore Ravens' 12-7 loss at the Jacksonville Jaguars:
What it means: The Ravens lost to a team with a losing record for just the third time in 22 meetings in the John Harbaugh era. It was costly because the Ravens (4-2) fall a half-game behind the Steelers (5-2) in the AFC North standings.
Thumbs up: The Ravens' defense. Baltimore showed why it's the stingiest defense in the NFL. The Ravens came up big when Ed Reed forced a fumble from Maurice Jones-Drew two yards from the end zone. It would have been a winning effort if the Ravens' offense showed any sort of life.
Thumbs down: Joe Flacco, Ray Rice and the Ravens' entire offense. Flacco (21-for-38 for 137 yards) was inaccurate when he had time and couldn't extend plays when the pocket collapsed. Rice had one of the worst games of his career with a fumble, dropped pass and poor block that led to a critical sack in the second half. The Ravens avoided a shutout with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin with 2:02 left in the game. Down by five points with less than two minutes remaining, Flacco's last pass was late over the middle and was intercepted to seal the loss.
Flag day: The Jaguars were helped on their third scoring drive by a questionable helmet-to-helmet penalty on Ravens safety Bernard Pollard. It results in the Jaguars converting a third-and-7 in the third quarter. That led to a 22-yard field goal that pushed the lead to 9-0 and made it a two-score game.
What's next: The Ravens get another shot at a one-win team when they host the Arizona Cardinals on a short week.