Jets Fall Short in Baltimore – Ravens Secure Division
The Ravens beat the Jets to win their second consecutive AFC North division title. On Thursday Night Football, the Jets got front row seats to watch the Lamar Jackson show. The MVP-front runner had five passing touchdowns. Notably, Jackson picked up 86 yards on the ground. As a result, he broke Michael Vick’s record for single-season rushing record for a quarterback. On the other side, the Jets’ special teams unit had an excellent performance, while the defense did not. Jamison Crowder led the Jets’ offense and found the end zone twice.
Lamar Sets the Record
After a quick Jets’ three-and-out, the Ravens got the ball and moved fast. On their opening drive, Jackson ran for 37 yards and passed for 46. During the drive, Lamar set the record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single season. In the next play, Mark Ingram rushed for a touchdown to give Baltimore the early lead. Like clockwork, the Ravens’ offense scored touchdowns on each of their first three possessions. This comes only days after the Jets managed to keep the Dolphins from scoring a touchdown.
Incredibly, Jackson threw for five touchdowns for the third time this season. As a result, Lamar now leads the NFL with 33 passing touchdowns. Additionally, he is now tied with Vinny Testaverde for the most in a single-season in Ravens’ history. Meanwhile, the Jets’ defense had only allowed three passing touchdowns in their previous four games.
Unfortunately, the Jets’ defense was missing Jamal Adams, Quinnen Williams, and starting cornerbacks Arthur Maulet and Brian Poole. Naturally, Lamar torched the Jets secondary for 212 yards, on only 23 attempts.
Furthermore, coming into this game the Jets had the second-best rush defense in the league, giving up less than 80 yards per game. Nonetheless, Jackson ran for 86 yards on only eight carries, averaging 10.8 yards per carry. As a team, the Ravens ran for 212 yards, which is slightly more than their average as the NFL’s best rush offense.
Special Teams Success
While the Jets’ defense struggled, the special teams unit made big plays. Early in the fourth quarter, Tarell Basham broke through the line and blocked Sam Koch‘s punt. BJ Bello then picked up the loose ball and took it 14 yards for a touchdown.
Also, the Jets specials teams unit had a great night returning kicks. Braxton Barrios had three punt returns for 48 yards, averaging 16 yards a return. In addition, Ty Montgomery and Vyncent Smith combined to return seven kicks for 179 yards, averaging 25.6 yards per return.
Offensively, the Ravens beat the Jets in first downs, yards and time of possession. Jamison Crowder led the Jets’ receiver with six catches for 90 yards and had both offensive touchdowns. Sam Darnold became the first quarterback to throw two touchdowns in Baltimore this season. However, he had two costly turnovers.
First, Darnold missed his tight end, Daniel Brown, on a play from the Ravens’ 25-yard line and was intercepted. This cost the Jets a chance to score before the half. Later, Darnold was sacked at his own 25-yard line and fumbled, giving the Ravens the ball. Following the turnover, the Ravens needed just two plays and 11 seconds to score and take a 28-7 lead.
Ravens Capitalize on Jets Mistakes
Ultimately, the difference in this game was when the Jets made mistakes, the Ravens took advantage. In addition to Darnold’s turnovers, the Jets gave away field position. The Ravens beat the Jets because they were opportunistic.
Down 7-0, on their second drive, Sam Ficken missed a 49-yard field goal. The Ravens took advantage of the field position from the missed field goal. Jackson and the offense scored a touchdown only five plays later.
Next, the Ravens capitalized on a 43-yard defensive pass interference penalty on Neville Hewitt. This moved the Ravens into the red zone, where they quickly scored again.
A great example of the difference between these two teams is how they handled fourth-and-one situations. In the second quarter, the Jets had on a fourth-and-one at the Baltimore seven-yard line. Darnold threw an incompletion to Robby Anderson. In contrast, when Lamar Jackson faced a fourth and one, he found Mark Andrews for a 36 yard gain.
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