Going into this game between the New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens, everyone expected a defensive battle where points would be hard to come by. In that aspect, this game was exactly what everyone expected as both offenses struggled to put the ball in the endzone, but no one could have predicted the type of crazy game that ensued beyond the simple defensive battle.
The Ravens opened up the game with the ball, punted to the Jets and forced a fumble that was returned for a touchdown on the Jets first offensive snap. Things only went down hill from there for the Jets offense, which had no answer for the Ravens defense all night. The Jets were able to immediately score after the Ravens fumble return with a kickoff return for a touchdown. Those two plays really set the tone for what the rest of the game would look like.
The Ravens did have some success moving the ball in the first quarter and were able to drive down and score a field goal and a touchdown by running back Ray Rice. After the first quarter, the Jets clamped down on the Ravens offense and only allowed a single field goal for the rest of the game.
Luckily for the Ravens, they didn’t need their offense to score points in that game. They were able to force four turnovers in the game and returned three of them for touchdowns including their return on the Jets’ first offensive snap of the game.
The Ravens wound up closing out the game on defense. Neither team had much success on offense, and the Ravens defense was simply the more dominant unit in the game and was able to not only shut down the Jets offense but put points on the scoreboard as well. That’s really what the game boiled down to, but there were several other things that stood out. Let’s take a look at what we learned about Baltimore in this victory.