Jets jump out to early lead at Baltimore (Ravens up 9-3)

After both the Ravens and Jets punted on their opening possessions Sunday, New York put together the game’s first scoring drive.

Using their wildcat misdirection, the Jets drove 55 yards in nine plays with the last being a 27-yard field goal by Nick Folk for a 3-0 lead with 6:52 to go in the first quarter.

The Jets have been most effective with Josh Cribbs taking direct snaps. He has run three times for 12 yards while also completing a 13-yard pass to quarterback Geno Smith.

But the Ravens, owners of the NFL’s top red zone defense, were able to keep New York out of the end zone. The Jets pushed inside the 10 for first-and-goal at the 9, but managed only one yard on the next three plays before settling for the short kick.

Update: The Ravens answered right away, as Justin Tucker capped the ensuing possession with a 30-yard field goal to tie the game at 3-3 with 1:59 to go in the first quarter.

The Ravens drove 63 yards in 11 plays and 4:53 to respond with a short field goal of their own. Joe Flacco came close to giving Baltimore the lead, finding Jacoby Jones on a crossing pattern in the end zone on third down from the 12. But safety Ed Reed broke up the would-be touchdown pass to Jones, forcing the kick.

Baltimore is outgaining New York 76-64. Flacco is 4-for-8 for 52 yards.

Update II: Tucker’s second field goal in as many drives has given the Ravens a 6-3 lead with 10:15 to go in the second quarter. Tucker has now made 20 straight field goal attempts since going 0-for-2 in Week 2.

Baltimore started that possession from its own 8, but drove 84 yards in 10 plays and 4:30. The big dent was a 60-yard pass from Flacco to Torrey Smith, where Smith beat cornerback Antonio Cromartie down the Ravens’ sideline. Smith stumbled an extra 10-15 yards, as he was able to maintain his balance for extra distance at the end of the play.

In typical Jets fashion, they found a creative way to turn the ball over on the next drive, hitting the man in motion with the ball, and linebacker Terrell Suggs recovered at the New York 18.

But in 2013 Ravens fashion, they couldn’t capitalize. Flacco was intercepted for the 14th time this season, this time by Cromartie on second down. Flacco overthrew Marlon Brown on the play and Cromartie redeemed himself for the Smith catch.

Update III: Tucker’s third field goal of the contest increased the Ravens’ lead to 9-3 with just under two minutes to go in the first half.

The 33-yard kick came at the end of a nine-play, 45-yard drive.

The Ravens haven’t had too much difficulty moving the ball today, even against the NFL’s eighth-best defense, and best against the run. Baltimore has outgained New York 211-70. Flacco has passed for 168 yards and the Ravens have added 48 yards on the ground.