In what was a must-win game for the Ravens, Joe Flacco and company dominated the New York Jets today at M & T Bank stadium in Baltimore, winning 19-3 – our most lopsided win in two months.
The win brought Baltimore back to within one game of the .500 mark. Better still, today’s win keeps the Raven’s playoff hopes alive.
The story of the day was Baltimore’s defense, which held rookie-QB, Geno Smith’s offense to just 220 yards. Smith had a rough day, completing only nine of his 22 pass attempts. Ravens Cornerback, Corey Graham intercepted Smith twice.
On the Raven’s side of the field, Flacco threw for 273 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown bomb to Jacoby Jones, beating two former Ravens, Ed Reed and Dawan Landry, to the end zone.
Jones also had four catches for 103 yards and Justin Tucker made all four of his field goal attempts on a very windy and chilly afternoon.
Questions still remain for the Ravens offense though. The running game is still missing in action. Ray Rice rushed for a paltry 30 yards on 16 carries and Flacco continues to match his touchdown count with interceptions at 14.
Luckily, or unluckily, depending on how you look at it, the Ravens won’t have long to celebrate or dwell on today’s performance. Pittsburgh comes to Baltimore in just four days for a Thanksgiving night showdown where both teams will be fighting to reach 6-6.
The loser of that game likely won’t be playing post-season football in January.