Baltimore Ravens: 2013 Week 12 Upon Further Review

Upon Further Review: Ravens Week 12

November, 25, 2013
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BALTIMORE -- A review of four hot issues from the Baltimore Ravens' 19-3 win over the New York Jets:

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Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun/MCTCorey Graham's two interceptions helped the Ravens keep the Jets from converting on third downs.
Three-and-out: The Ravens forced three-and-outs on eight drives. On the other five drives, Baltimore stopped New York twice with interceptions (both by Corey Graham). Overall, the Ravens didn't allow a conversion on 11 of 12 third downs. By holding the Jets to an 8.3 percent success rate on third down, the Ravens tied the fourth-best mark in team history. It was the stingiest effort of the season for Baltimore's defense. Three points was the fewest the Ravens have allowed since December 2009 and marked the 20th game in franchise history in which they've allowed three or fewer points.

No blitz, no problem: Joe Flacco, one of the most blitzed quarterbacks in the NFL, surprisingly didn't face much extra pressure from the Jets, and he made them pay for it. Flacco was was 14-of-18 for 249 yards and a touchdown (his 66-yard strike to Jacoby Jones) against four or fewer pass-rushers, according to ESPN Stats & Information. This was a reversal for Flacco, who had struggled against standard pressure. When defenses dropped at least seven into coverage, Flacco had a 6-10 touchdown-interception ratio, which was tied for fourth-worst in the NFL. Perhaps the Jets should have blitzed more. When New York sent five or more rushers, Flacco was 3-of-8 for 24 yards and an interception.

Triple threat: The Ravens decided to get wide receiver Jones more involved in the offense. His six targets Sunday were two more than he had in the previous two games combined, and it showed in his production. Jones caught four passes for 103 yards and a touchdown. In his previous six games, he had 160 yards receiving and one touchdown. This was Jones' first 100-yard receiving game of his two-year Ravens career and his first since he had 115 yards receiving while playing for the Houston Texans in 2010. It was an all-around game for Jones, who totaled 249 combined yards (103 receiving, 108 on punt returns and 38 on kickoff returns).

Kicking it up a notch: Justin Tucker has made 22 straight field goals, tying Matt Stover for the second-longest streak in franchise history. The record is 36 in a row, which Stover set over two seasons (2005 and 2006). Tucker hit a season-long 53-yard field goal Sunday, the third time in four games that he's made one over 50 yards. For his career, Tucker is 8-of-9 (88.9 percent) from beyond 50 yards in his career. His eight field goals from 50 yards or longer ranks fourth in the NFL since he entered the league in 2008. Only Blair Walsh (12 FGs), Sebastian Janikowski (nine) and Phil Dawson (nine) have made more over that span.

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