One of the most frustrating sequences of the night was when Baltimore got a fourth down stop and gave the ball right back to the Jets. The Jets drove the ball down the field and were held to no points. The downside was that the Baltimore offense was stopped deep in their own territory. Giving the ball back to Jets there was an early Christmas present. The number of opportunities that Baltimore gave the New York Jets was was not ideal.
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The special teams units for the Ravens were incredibly problematic. The biggest impact of this was felt before the end of the first half. Braxton Berrios had a 21 yard punt return that allowed the Jets started the final drive of the second quarter in good field position. Luckily Chuck Clark got an interception which got the Ravens out of a bad spot. The Jets had two kickoff returns of over 30 yards. In the fourth quarter, the Jets scored a touchdown by blocking a punt. The special teams errors made this a more interesting first half. A better team could have made Baltimore pay for sloppy special teams.
The run defense was frustrating in this game. Le’Veon Bell had a strong performance on the ground, Bell had his most productive day on the ground as a member of the New York Jets. The defensive line lost the battle too often in this game. The Jets got good push from their offensive line. Bell averaged well over four yards per carry. More about the defense is coming in the ugly section of this post.