Mike Preston grades Ravens' 34-17 win over Jets

October 03, 2011|Mike Preston



Joe Flacco started off strong, but his performance dropped off after the first quarter. At one point, Flacco threw 12 straight passes without a completion, and he also had an interception returned for a touchdown. He has to learn to secure the football.

Offensive line


Like Flacco, the offensive line started out strong, but the Ravens had trouble picking up blitzes in the second quarter. In the third period, the Ravens started wearing down the Jets, especially guards Andre Gurode and Marshal Yanda. Right tackle Michael Oher continues to struggle, especially with stunts.

Running backs


Ray Rice is a complete back as a receiver and runner, but he also pass blocks well. He came up with several big receptions for the Ravens early in the game, and his strong runs inside wore down the Jets in the second half. Ricky Williams gave Rice some relief, but his fumbling might hurt the Ravens in the future. Vonta Leach in the best body guard in the NFL.



Anquan Boldin got shutdown by Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, and that was to be expected. The Ravens got little production from rookie Torrey Smith even though Smith should have had a touchdown in the second quarter if Flacco had delivered a better pass. Tight end Ed Dickson had at least three drops, and he was the one matchup the Ravens thought they could win going into the game.

Defensive line


If he continues at this pace, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata has to be a candidate for defensive player of the year. Few tackles can impact a game like Ngata. The Ravens inside guys of Ngata, Terrence Cody, Brandon McKinney and end Cory Redding overwhelmed the Jets inside.



If the Jets had any holes inside, they weren't open long because the linebackers closed those gaps quickly Inside linebacker Jameel McClain and Ray Lewis ran sideline to sideline well, and the Jets had no one who could stop outside linebacker Terrell Suggs.



For a group which was banged up, the Ravens did a nice job of shutting down the Jets, and the corners were strong in run support. Safety Ed Reed turned in a great game, his best and most complete of the season, and his sack set up the Ravens first touchdown. Cornerback Lardarius Webb also had an interception returned for a touchdown.

Special teams


The Jets returned a kickoff 107 yards for a touchdown, and the Ravens never got a hand one the runner. New York also did a good job of singling out linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo return. Both kickers had strong performances for the Ravens.



Head coach John Harbaugh does a good job of having his team ready to play home games. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was slow pulling the plug on a struggling Flacco, but made the right move by running the ball in the third period. Jets coach Rex Ryan make pick up a few blitzes from Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano because the Jets had no clue to where the Ravens were coming from.

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