The Baltimore Ravens took their second loss of the season in perhaps their worst offensive performance of the year, falling 12-7, to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Oct. 25 in Jacksonville, Fla. The Ravens struggled offensively the entire game, failing to convert a single first down throughout most of the first three quarters. In comparison, the Jaguars didn’t produce much on offense either, but they managed to convert four deep field goals, giving them just enough points to hold off Baltimore for the win.

The game was over when…
Ravens’ quarterback Joe Flacco threw an interception to Jaguars defensive back Drew Coleman, giving the ball to Jacksonville with less than two minutes remaining in the game. The Jags then ran the clock out to seal the upset victory.

Most Outstanding Player(s) of the Game:
You couldn’t pinpoint just one valuable player for the Jaguars in their surprising victory over the usually dominant Ravens. Their success against Baltimore was a testament of their entire Jacksonville defensive unit, which held Baltimore to only 16 yards, zero first downs in the first half. The Jags gave up a late touchdown to the Ravens in the fourth quarter, but they came up big time with the interception on Flacco to end the game. Jaguars’ safety D. Smith led Jacksonville with six tackles and a sack, while former Ravens safety Dawan Landry followed with 5 tackles in his first action against his former team.

Unsung Hero of the Game:
While Jacksonville’s defense dominated, their offense was a lot less impressive. But the Jaguars were still able to generate enough points to win, thanks to kicker Josh Scobee. The veteran kicker converted 4-of-4 field goals, including three field goals from 50 + yards deep. Without him, Baltimore may have escaped victorious despite their offensive woes.

More Game Notes:
Jaguars’ running back Maurice Jones Drew rushed for 105 yards on 30 carries, while rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert played caretaker, completing just nine passing attempts for 93 yards, no touchdowns but no turnovers, neither. Flacco had another ugly night numbers wise, completing 21 of 38 passes for only 138 yards, one touchdown and one pick. Ravens’ running back Ray Rice didn’t make much of an impact, rushing for a season-low 28 yards on eight carries. He also uncharacteristically fumbled the ball in the first quarter, setting up the Jaguars’ first scoring drive.

Next Up:
The Ravens (4-2 overall) will return home on Oct. 30 for a non-conference showdown with the Arizona Cardinals at M&T Bank Stadium at 1 p.m.


Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor