Ravens vs. Jaguars Recap
I considered not even writing a recap of this game. I was sick to my stomach last night watching a team I thought had Super Bowl potential roll over against one of the worst teams in the league. Here are some quick thoughts on the Ravens 12-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
- The Ravens managed a whopping 16 yards of offense in the 1st half and didn't get a first down until midway through the 3rd quarter. Pathetic.
- I have never been a Joe Flacco supporter. I think he's a good quarterback but I don't see him getting any better than he is right now. Bottom line is he should be at the point in his career when a performance like this isn't even an option.
- Of course not all the blame belongs on Flacco. The offensive line is in shambles. Oher makes at least two costly penalties every game. Gurode is a center filling in for Ben Grubbs and doing rather poorly at it. Bryant McKinnie is still not totally back in shape after signing with the Ravens in the preseason. Matt Birk was hurt to start the season and still might not be 100%. All that adds up to inconsistency.
- Best tweet of the night "I would follow Ray Lewis into battle. I wouldn't follow Joe Flacco into a Pizza Hut" from @ben_hebert
- I agree with Suggs. There is no reason Ray Rice, the team's best offensive weapon, should only get eight carries even if he did fumble.
- Remember when Boldin played for the Cardinals and had big play highlights on Sportscenter almost every week? He hasn't been used properly since he arrived in Charm City. Throw the guy a screen pass once in a while and let your tight ends block.
- Cam Cameron is the next to get a piece of the blame. The Jags secondary covered the Ravens receivers perfectly right from the start and there seemed to be zero adjustments made to get guys open.
- I didn't like all the locker room blame game going on. Credit needs to be given to a Jaguars team that played their ass off on defense and stuck to the gameplan of pounding the rock with MoJo Drew.
- The lone bright spot was the defense. They played like they always do. Consistently playing with a high motor on every play, causing turnovers, etc. Thank the football gods that Reed wasn't seriously hurt on that play in the 4th quarter. Back in April I said Pernell McPhee was the steal of the Ravens draft and he is getting better and better every week.
The Ravens welcome the Arizona Cardinals to M&T Bank Stadium this Sunday. This game appeared to be a slam dunk win but now not so much. I can easily see the Ravens looking past the Cardinals and toward their matchup in Pittsburgh the following week.