We’ve reached halftime in Baltimore as the Ravens hold a 27-17 lead.
It’s been a bizarre half, to say the least, as the two teams have combined for four return touchdowns for only the third time in NFL history.
Ravens safety Ed Reed forced a fumble on the Jets’ first offensive play from scrimmage to give Baltimore a 7-0 lead. That was followed by a return touchdown by Ravens linebacker Paul Kruger, but balanced out by a special teams touchdown from the Jets’ Joe McKnight and an interception returned for a touchdown by Jets linebacker David Harris.
For the Jets, they’re fortunate to have taken advantage of McKnight’s speed in the return game and Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco’s suspect passing game thus far. If not for those two highlights, the Jets would be looking at a big goose egg heading into the half.
On offense, Mark Sanchez is heading into the locker room searching for some answers.
I’m not sure he’ll find them in there.
Sanchez has completed just four passes in 15 attempts, good for only 50 yards.
For those of you without a calculator, that’s just 3.3 yards per attempt.
Sanchez has taken some vicious hits tonight, including a pair from Reed and Baltimore’s Haloti Nagata, both of which forced Sanchez to lose possession. On the night, Sanchez has fumbled four times, losing three of them. The rushing attack has been just as disappointing, as the Jets have just 39 yards on the ground.
Fortunately, the defense and special teams has New York still in contention. The Jets will receive the ball to start the second half, but unless the offense finds any sense of rhythm, it’s going to be a long and painful second half against the Ravens’ defense.