Check below for grades and analysis for each of New York's positional units in the disappointing loss.
New York: 3
|Positional Unit||First-Half Grade||Final Grade|
vs. Ravens Week 12
Final Analysis for New York
Pass Offense: Geno Smith continued to raise doubts about whether he can be the Jets’ franchise quarterback, as he committed three big turnovers that either stalled potential scoring drives or put the Ravens in great field position. Smith completed just nine passes on 22 attempts for 127 yards. If he continues to struggle, Rex Ryan may have no choice but to bench him.
Run Offense: The Jets needed superb outings by their running duo of Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell to make up for Smith’s struggles, but the pair weren't able to consistently move the chains on the ground. Both Powell and Ivory averaged fewer than four yards a carry, as the offensive line wasn’t able to get any push up front.
Pass Defense: New York blitzed Flacco on nearly every passing play, and it was mostly successful. The Jets recorded numerous quarterback hurries and hits, as well as four sacks. However, the constant blitzes allowed Flacco to expose Gang Green’s weak secondary, as he completed two big passes of over 60 yards to Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones, respectively. The Jets have been burnt by the deep ball all season, and it was the difference today.
Run Defense: The Jets run defense was once again phenomenal on Sunday, as the Ravens managed just 67 yards on 31 carries for a putrid 2.2-yard average. Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce couldn’t find any holes throughout the game, as the front seven dominated Baltimore’s offensive line.
Special Teams: Nick Folk and Ryan Quigley did their jobs, but the Jets weren’t able to get a spark on special teams. In a game where the offense couldn’t do anything, the return unit needed to step up, but it wasn’t so.
Coaching: The Jets have gone from controlling their own destiny to being buried in the bottom of the AFC in just two weeks. Rex Ryan’s troops were flat all game long, and Marty Mornhinweg didn’t have any tricks up his sleeves to counter a good Baltimore defense.
First-Half Analysis for New York
Pass Offense: Geno Smith turned the ball over once, and the Jets passing game was unable to do anything in the first half. Smith completed just two passes on seven attempts for 21 yards, as New York recorded just three first downs in the first 30 minutes.
Run Offense: New York had more success on the ground than through the air, but it still struggled to move the ball consistently. If you take away Chris Ivory’s one solid run of 17 yards, the Jets running game recorded just 13 carries for 29 yards in the first half. The Jets offense was stagnant.
Pass Defense: Muhammad Wilkerson and Gang Green’s front seven continually pressured Joe Flacco, but the reigning Super Bowl MVP was able to withstand the heat and make plays. New York once again struggled to defend tight ends, allowing 55 yards to Ed Dickson, and Antonio Cromartie had an up-and-down half, as he gave up a huge 60-yard catch to Torrey Smith but later recorded a red-zone interception.
Run Defense: The Jets' stout front seven held Ray Rice to just 16 yards on eight carries for an abysmal 2.0 yards per touch clip in the first half. However, Tyrod Taylor and Bernard Pierce combined for 32 yards on just five carries. It was a solid showing by New York’s run defense, but Baltimore was still able to move the ball on the ground.
Special Teams: Nick Folk knocked through his only attempt and Ryan Quigley was phenomenal on four punts, but the Jets return game continued to make little impact.
Coaching: The Jets haven’t imploded like last week, but the team came out flat in the first half, especially on offense. The play-calling was conservative for obvious reasons, but if New York is going to claim the big road win, Marty Mornhinweg has to allow Smith to sling it in the second half.