Baltimore Ravens Grades vs Jacksonville Jaguars, Week Fifteen
Dec 14, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak congratulates tight end Owen Daniels (81) after his touchdown catch against the Jacksonville Jaguars at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
John Harbaugh’s challenge was a poor decision no matter which camera angle you looked at. Thankfully, the lost timeout didn’t come back to haunt them, but in a close game it could have been a real game changer in what was a 5 point game at the time.
The defensive play calling was pretty spot on, and the Ravens feasted on a rookie quarterback and sub par offensive line once things settled down a bit. The Ravens have to realize that they must continue to get to the quarterback every week if they hope to do any damage in the postseason.
On the offensive side of things, I question the decision to play Torrey Smith and maybe even Justin Forsett when neither were clearly themselves. Both clearly need a week off and are key cogs in the offense. While this was a close game, I don’t think sitting them would have hurt anything. Heck, it might have helped.