Sunday, November 24, 2013
Halftime Report: Ravens 9, Jets 3
By Jane McManus
BALTIMORE -- In the freezing cold -- it felt like 22 degrees in Baltimore at the start of the game with the windchill -- the Ravens have a 9-3 lead against the New York Jets in a field-goal fest.
The Jets have held running back Ray Rice to 16 yards on 8 carries, but have allowed 168 passing yards to the Ravens. The Ravens have 212 yards of total offense compared to 73 yards for the Jets.
WILDCAT SETS TONE: In the first two series, the Jets snapped the ball seven times to Geno Smith and four times to Josh Cribbs. Cribbs actually threw a 15-yard pass to Smith. The Jets employed a lot of Cribbs in the wildcat in a win against the Saints this season. Notably, he didn’t take a single direct snap in the second half of that game.
SECONDARY ISSUES: Ed Reed was able to break up a pass in the end zone, a 12-yard pass intended for Jacoby Jones. There was contact on the play and a flag was thrown in the end zone, but after the refs conferred, the flag was picked up and Reed was credited with pass defensed.
Antonio Cromartie picked up an interception in the second quarter, but he also gave up a 60-yard pass to Torrey Smith. There were two dropped interceptions by the Jets, one from Dee Milliner and another from Antonio Allen.
HOLMES, HILL, NELSON? The top three Jets receivers of the first half are, in order, Greg Salas, Geno Smith and Bilal Powell. The Jets main wide receivers all but disappeared in the first half.