Not many people could have, or would have, predicted the outcome of this game. Leading up to the game, and even on ESPN’s pregame show, the Ravens were being hyped as one of the best—if not the best—teams in the AFC.
They certainly did not play like it against the Jaguars. If anything, they played like one of the worst teams in the AFC.
The Ravens’ offense continues to struggle with consistency to say the least, and Monday night’s game can only be described as a spectacular failure for the offense. There really is no question about it: The offense is the sole reason that the Ravens lost the game.
The offense could not move the ball all game, quarterback Joe Flacco’s receivers couldn’t get open, the offensive line could not block anyone and even running back Ray Rice, who previously held the longest active streak for the most carries without a fumble, couldn’t seem to hold onto the ball or find any positive yardage.
It was not only the worst offensive performance in the head coach John Harbaugh and Flacco era, but it was also the worst offensive performance in Ravens history—and possibly one of the worst in NFL history. It really was that bad.
The Ravens and Jaguars traded the ball back and forth all game, and the Ravens defense was strong as usual. The Jaguars didn’t have much success moving the ball and were limited to field goals all game, despite the fact that Ravens’ offense gave them great field position all game. The score would have been much worse with a lesser defense.
The Jaguars’ kicker, Josh Scobee, was also hitting long field goals all game and made two 54-yard kicks, a 22-yard kick and a 51-yard kick to close out the game. The Ravens, on the other hand, were barely able to get their kicker, Billy Cundiff, into field-goal range, and he missed a 51-yard field goal.
The Ravens were able to manage a 90-yard touchdown drive, but with only five minutes left at the beginning of the drive and terrible clock management by the offense, they were left with only three minutes on the game clock.
Harbaugh decided to try an onside kick, but it was unsuccessful and the Jaguars received the ball on their own 37-yard line. The defense was able to force a three and out, but Scobee was able to conclude his amazing evening with a 51-yard field goal that would force the Ravens to score a touchdown to win the game.
The offense took the field to attempt a game-winning drive, but as if to sum up their performance in the game, Flacco threw an interception. The Jaguars won 12-7.
There are many things that we can look at in this game, and outside the standard defensive performance, there really are not many positives. Let’s take a look at what we learned from the Ravens’ 12-7 loss to the Jaguars.