Wow, I can’t say that any of us saw this coming. Jacksonville gets their second win of the year and hands Baltimore their second loss of the season with a 12-7 win. Offensively this game was far from clinical, but both defenses showed up huge tonight.
Jacksonville did exactly what they needed to do to get the upset against the team that many feel is the best in the AFC. The Jacksonville defense was able to hold Baltimore to only 34 rushing yards and 112 passing yards. They were in the face of Joe Flacco all night long and made him look like the rookie of the two quarterbacks tonight. The Jaguars defense didn’t allow a Ravens first down until the 3rd quarter and completely dominated the game.
The Jacksonville offense was able to run the ball effectively and control the time of possession, which is exactly what they needed to do. Maurice Jones-Drew carried the ball 30 times for 105 yards, and was a huge help for rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert who did not look comfortable at all against this malicious Ravens defense. Gabbert only threw for 95 yards, only having 9 completions on 20 attempts, but what’s most important is that he didn’t turn the ball over. Josh Scobee accounted for all of the Jaguars points, and tied a NFL record with 3 field goals of at least 50 yards in one game.
As usual the Ravens defense came to play, not allowing a single touchdown and sacked Gabbert four times, but the offense must not have got the memo that there was a game. Give credit to a Jacksonville defense that was ready to play, but the Baltimore offense looked atrocious. Flacco had no type of rhythm, and quite frankly he couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat. He did have 21 completions on 38 attempts, but the majority of those passes were short passes. The Jaguar defense kept Ray Rice in check as he only carried the ball 8 times for 28 yards. The Jaguar defense stopped the Ravens from getting any type of big plays downfield, and that is the reason why they weren’t able to get the running game going either.
Jacksonville clearly wanted this game more than the Ravens and found a way to pull out the victory. This was by no means a game easy on the eyes, but if you love defense then this game was perfect for you. The Ravens need to find a way to get their offense going if they want to win their division and the AFC. The Jaguars must continue to improve their offense as well because their defense is good enough to keep them in a lot of ball games.