Ravens use Jets’ own tactics against them in first half

The Ravens have to feel pretty good about a first half where the game felt much more lopsided than the 9-3 score would indicate.

Baltimore also has cause for discomfort, as one Jets touchdown could give the visitors the lead.

Aside from the Ravens’ inability to punch the ball in the end zone, it was a mostly positive start to today’s game. They’ve outgained New York 212-73, holding the Jets to 27 passing yards and 46 rushing.

Quarterback Joe Flacco has passed for 168 yards and his 14th interception. Baltimore also has 49 rushing yards with backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor leading the way with 20.

Taylor might be the secret to the Ravens being able to move the ball so well against the NFL’s eighth-ranked defense.

The Jets are known for using the wildcat extensively with quarterback Geno Smith and wideout Josh Cribbs interchangeably under center. Baltimore has thrown it right back at them, using Taylor at quarterback for six snaps so far.

Taylor has rushed twice, passed once and handed off three times. But the different look and misdirection of having an athletic alternative to Flacco under center seem to have been effective, keeping the Jets off-balance.

Justin Tucker has helped the Ravens capitalize with three field goals, giving him 21 straight makes this season. Now they need to end some of those scoring drives with touchdowns.