We’re through what seems like the slowest-moving half in the history of the NFL, with the Ravens leading the Jets 27-17.
Here are a handful of quick-hit notes on the first 30 minutes of play:
* Despite absolutely dominating the Jets for the better part the half, the Ravens only lead by 10. The Ravens look faster, they look tougher, and they look better, especially when the Jets’ offense has been on the field. The Baltimore defense has made their opposition look like a Pop Warner team. Still, Rex Ryan and his guys are still very much in this.
* I don’t think I’ve ever seen a coach call a timeout specifically to yell at the officials. Rex, you’re so innovative.
* The Ravens’ defense has more touchdowns today (two) than the Jets’ offense (zero). New York has turned the ball over twice and has only four first downs. I can’t stress enough how poorly that group has played, which is due in large part to the way Terrell Suggs, Haloti Ngata, Ray Lewis and company have brought it tonight.
* Baltimore has 163 total yards so far tonight. 134 of them have come through the air. Could Cam Cameron’s pass-happy tendencies be here to stay?
* Joe Flacco’s first half stat line: 8-of-27 (29 percent) for 142 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. Woof.
* Flacco’s counterpart, Mark Sanchez, is getting crushed consistently, and you have to wonder how many of these hits he can take. The Jets’ quarterback is getting thrown to the turf seemingly every time he’s dropped back to pass, and has absorbed crunching blows from Lewis and Ngata
* Special teams has been the one facet of the game in which the Ravens have not looked sharp. LaQuan Williams fumbled the opening kickoff of the game (Baltimore recovered), Jets running back Joe McKnight put up the longest play ever allowed by the Ravens on a first quarter 107-yard kickoff return, and Prescott Burgess was called for holding on a kickoff. Special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg has a long week of coaching ahead of him.