Jets vs Ravens: Grading the QB Performances for New York and Baltimore

Andrea HangstFeatured Columnist IVOctober 3, 2011

BALTIMORE - OCTOBER 2:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets reacts after being sacked by the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 2. 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Jets 34-17. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco each had one of the worst performances of their respective careers on Sunday night in the Jets' 34-17 loss.

The game saw five returns for touchdowns—one from a  punt return and four from turnovers—with three of those turnovers for a score committed by Sanchez.

Needless to say, neither quarterback performed any better than an F; not only do they deserve the grade, but I'm sure the two would readily accept it.

There's no arguing a way out of the facts of last night's game. Sanchez went 11-of-35 for 119 yards, with two fumbles, two interceptions and no touchdowns. His completion percentage was a miserable 31.4, with his quarterback rating at 30.5.

Flacco completed just 10 of 31 passes for 163 yards, one touchdown, one fumble and one interception. His quarterback rating to end the game was 37.4 with a 32.3 completion percentage. He went 0-of-14 in the second and third quarters of the game after going 8-of-17 for 142 yards in the first quarter.

Much of Sanchez's struggles were attributed to the loss of Nick Mangold at center. Mangold is suffering from a high ankle sprain that will supposedly bench him four to six weeks, and he was replaced last night by Colin Baxter. To say that Baxter and the rest of the New York offensive line struggled would be an understatement.

Surely Mangold anchors that line, but to say that Sanchez's woes are singularly attributable to the loss of one player serves to brush away the real issue at hand—that Sanchez, and perhaps his Jets as well, are beneficiaries of too much hype with too little talent.

Flacco isn't off the hook, either. After turning in one of the best performances in his professional career in Week 3, he followed it up with this mess of a game, the second in three games for him this season in which he threw for under 200 yards and completed fewer than 50 percent of his passes.

Both teams have a great deal of work to do to improve their offenses and become more consistent. Neither Flacco nor Sanchez are part of a system that requires their quarterbacks to win or lose game for their teams, or so we thought until last night.

Now it's clear that the Jets and the Ravens have clear Achilles heels in quarterbacks Flacco and Sanchez; that they both melted down in the same game makes a number of things clear about the teams, and none of those things are good.