Grading the Baltimore Ravens offense in the 19-3 win over the New York Jets.
Quarterback: This was one of Joe Flacco's better efforts of the season. He rediscovered the deep passing attack, connecting on two passes over 60 yards. Flacco hit Torrey Smith in stride for a 60-yarder and showed his arm strength on a 66-yard touchdown to Jacoby Jones. His only interception was the result of Marlon Brown running the wrong route. And he would've had another touchdown if Jones held onto the ball in the end zone in the first quarter. Backup Tyrod Taylor provided a spark by taking a handful of snaps. He had the longest run of the game for the Ravens (17 yards) before the Jets adjusted to stop him behind the line on his last two attempts. Grade: B.
Running backs: Everyone got their answer as to whether Ray Rice turned the corner in Chicago a week ago. He was back to averaging less than two yards per carry (1.9) and didn't break a run longer than seven yards. This time, Rice has a good excuse for his low numbers. The Jets have the NFL's best run defense. He was also stopped for a three-yard loss on his only catch after being brought down by 294-pound defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson in the open field. Bernard Pierce also had a pedestrian effort with 30 yards on 11 carries. Grade: D.
Wide receivers/tight ends: It's games like Sunday that make you wonder why the Ravens haven't tried to get Jacoby Jones more involved earlier in the season. He showed outstanding speed in blowing past Ed Reed and tracking Flacco's deep pass for the Ravens' longest touchdown of the season. He finished with 103 yards, his first 100-yard game as a Raven. This wasn't the only surprise. After dropping a pass, tight end Ed Dickson had catches of 27 and 13 yards on that same drive to set up a field goal. He ran over Reed on one reception as he produced a season-high 55 yards. Torrey Smith was relatively quiet outside of his 60-yard catch, and Tandon Doss continues to have trouble holding onto passes. There were a good number of coverage sacks because no one got open. Grade: B-minus.
Offensive line: As expected, the Ravens had problems opening holes against one of the best front seven in the league. Baltimore averaged 2.2 yards per carry, the second lowest average in a game this season. Right tackle Michael Oher is having trouble getting any kind of push off the line and he's having trouble keeping up on the zone blocking schemes when he has to cut the back-side pursuit. Left guard A.Q. Shipley struggled, especially in pass rush. He could've been called for holding four times Sunday. But, as coach John Harbaugh pointed out, the four sacks allowed were the result of good coverage. It looked like there were fewer communication issues with the line Sunday. Grade: C-minus.