Baltimore Ravens win 26-16: The good, bad and ugly
On the Ravens second possession Baltimore went three and out. Jackson missed an open receiver coming open across the middle of the field. It was a high percentage completion, and Jackson missed it. It was a reminder, that Jackson is still a rookie and it hindered the momentum the Ravens had built. On the next drive Crabtree dropped a third down. That would have ended the drive if not for an incredible fake punt. Then Jackson fumbled the football and the Falcons defense delivered Atlanta the lead. The Ravens got off to a fast start but they had completely lost the momentum at that point.
Ball security was a problem for the Ravens. Jackson fumbled twice and had a rough exchange on a hand-off with Edwards. Dropped passes were a problem area as well. Willie Snead dropped a would have been first down pass. Jackson looked more like an unpolished rookie quarterback than he had to this point. After a great start, Jackson’s struggles clobbered the Ravens for a bit. The second quarter was a horribly sloppy and dysfunctional 15 minutes for the offense.
The Ravens had a lot of negative drives. This was an up and down game that ended in the upside of the emotional roller coaster.