The Ravens moved a little closer to the playoff line with their 19-3 slog over the New York Jets on Sunday. Now it's time to pass out the report card to the offense:
The Ravens figured to challenge Ed Reed and the beleaguered Jets secondary, and Joe Flacco did, connecting on two 60-yard pass plays. A 60-yarder to Torrey Smith led to a field goal, and a 66-yarder to Jacoby Jones for the game's only touchdown was a thing of beauty. Playing in frigid, windy conditions, Flacco finished 17-for-26 for 273 yards with one interception. Tyrod Taylor played 12 snaps, and though his only pass was incomplete, he had a 17-yard run -- the Ravens longest of the day -- on a field-goal drive. But at times the Ravens got a little too cute with the Wildcat; confusion forced them to burn one timeout, and Taylor got hit for two big losses as a runner.
RUNNING BACKS: D
As expected, the Ravens success against Chicago was not duplicated against the Jets No. 1-ranked run defense. Neither Ray Rice (16-30) nor Bernard Pierce (11-30) could get much traction, with Pierce's 10-yarder the longest run for either. Rice also lost 3 yards on his only reception. Those two did pound out 27 carries, which kept the clock moving.
OFFENSIVE LINE: C
John Harbaugh opened his press conference by praising the offensive line, which was facing one of the top front sevens in the league. They hand their hands full throughout. Joe Flacco was sacked four times, though Harbaugh attributed some to good coverage. The Ravens averaged 2.2 yards a carry, below their 31st-rated average, and left guard A.Q. Shipley was whistled for two penalties.
TIGHT ENDS: C+
Ed Dickson dropped the only ball Tyrod Taylor threw, but he rebounded with a 27-yard gain on the next play in which he ran right over Ed Reed. Dickson finished with three catches for a season-high 55 yards, and Dallas Clark had three for 24.
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WIDE RECEIVERS: B
Jacoby Jones (4-103) recorded his first 100-yard game of his Ravens career and had the game's defining play, kicking into another gear to blow past Ed Reed and haul in a wind-blown, 66-yard touchdown. Torrey Smith also had a 60-yard catch in tight coverage that led to a field goal, and Brandon Stokley made his first appearance in two months and hauled in a 7-yard catch that moved the chains. Marlon Brown had just one catch for 1 yard, but his mistake running a route led to an interception. And Tandon Doss dropped the only pass thrown his way. Despite coaches praising Doss for his hands, this is a problem that has not gone away.