It wasn’t pretty, at least not from an offensive perspective.
In fact, it was downright gross at times.
But the Ravens got the job done against Rex Ryan and the Jets, using a franchise-record three defensive touchdowns to roll to a 34-17 win.
Linebackers Jameel McClain and Jarret Johnson and cornerback Lardarius Webb all reached paydirt for Baltimore, with Webb’s 73-yard interception return for a touchdown midway through the third quarter serving as the final shot to the Jets’ proverbial gut.
In what felt like a performance out of a Ravens defense of old, Baltimore made life absolutely miserable for Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, pressuring the third-year quarterback into a gross performance. Sanchez went 11-of-35 for 119 yards, one interception and four fumbles, three of which he lost.
Joe Flacco didn’t fare much better than Sanchez when he was under center, as the Ravens’ QB went just 10-of-31 for 163 yards. Flacco turned the ball over twice, and went over a full two quarters (35 minutes and 47 seconds, to be exact) without a single completion.
Yes, you read that correctly. Flacco didn’t complete a pass for 35 minutes, and the Ravens scored 34 points.
Weird, wild stuff.
Baltimore will go into the bye week at 3-1 and in sole possession of first place in the AFC North, while the Jets drop to 2-2 with a matchup with the dangerous Patriots looming next week.
Down to the locker room for interviews. Back with much more in a bit.