Instant Analysis: Ravens 19, Jets 3

Instant Analysis: Ravens 19, Jets 3
November 24, 2013, 4:00 pm
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Jacoby Jones on big day vs Jets

INSTANT ANALYSIS

BALTIMORE - Final score: Ravens 19, Jets 3

Game recap: The Ravens (5-6) dominated the second half and began their three-game homestand with an important victory. Justin Tucker kicked four field goals, and the Ravens’ defense didn’t allow a touchdown for third time this season.  Conditions were challenging on a chilly day, with wind gusts of 25-30 miles per hour. But Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (17 of 26, 273 yards, one touchdown, one interception) was solid, and played better as the game progressed. Despite the wind, Flacco made two excellent deep throws to Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones, as the big play returned to the Ravens’ offense.  Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith (9 of 22, 127 yards, two interceptions) struggled again, and the Ravens pass rush turned up the pressure on Smith once the Jets fell behind. The Ravens thoroughly outplayed the Jets (5-6), setting up a crucial Thanksgiving night game this week when the Ravens host the Steelers (5-6).

Turning point – Jacoby Jones’ 66-yard touchdown catch.

Late in the third quarter, Jones streaked past Jets cornerback Dee Milliner and Jets safety Ed Reed, and Joe Flacco threw a perfect pass that Jones ran underneath for the score. That gave the Ravens a 19-3 lead, and against the Jets, that proved to be much more than enough.

It was a symbolic touchdown, because Reed spent 11 great seasons in Baltimore, but he is no longer the player he once was. Reed lost track of the ball in the air, and by the time he recovered, he could not stop Jones from making the play. Reed was back in Baltimore for perhaps the final time as a player, but instead of making a big play, he was victimized.

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Ravens player of the game: Justin Tucker, kicker

He has made 22 straight field goals, and his four field goals in this game included a 53-yarder. It doesn’t seem to matter where Tucker kicks, what the situation, or what the weather conditions are. He’s money. That’s a major weapon for any team, but especially for the Ravens, who figure to be involved in more close games down the stretch. If Tucker faces some big kicks over the next five games, he figures to make them.

From the locker room:

Jets coach Rex Ryan on the Ravens defense: "When you look at his team you're going against, I think the Ravens, going into the last nine games, they've given up 11 touchdowns. It wasn't like you're playing little sisters of the poor over there."

Terrell Suggs: "I feel we were dialed in as a defense today. There's always a little something added when we're playing Rex (Ryan). (Defensive coordinator) Dean (Pees) called a great game and put us in the best opportunities to make plays as a defense. We're proud of the fact we didn't give up a touchdown."

Ray Rice: "It's still tough sledding. I'm just glad the team was able to focus and get it done today and not look past the Jets. Now, we have another challenge coming up."