EAST RUTHERFORD, N. J. – The Ravens blew yet another late lead and thanks to a woeful second-half perofrmance, dropped their fourth consecutive game.
Here are the five observations from the Ravens' 24-16 loss to the Jets:
1. The Ravens have so many issues and injuries, beating any opponent would be a struggle.
The Jets (2-5) had lost four straight, but they outplayed the Ravens, who have lost four straight for the first time ever under coach John Harbaugh’s.
Seven key Ravens were out with injuries – Steve Smith Sr., C. J. Mosley, Terrell Suggs, Marshal Yanda, Ronnie Stanley, Elvis Dumervil, and Shareece Wright.
But the Ravens weren’t playing well offensively, even before the injuries began to pile up. In this game, the defense gave up 101 yards rushing to Matt Forte. The Ravens are fortunate to have a bye in Week 8, because they need it. But if they don’t play better, nothing will change.
2. The Ravens can no longer blame their one-dimensional offense on Marc Trestman.
The Ravens finished with just six yards rushing. Yes, just six yards.
Trestman isn’t calling plays anymore after, being fired as offensive coordinator. But they reverted back to bad habits in Marty Morhinweg’s second game as offensive coordinator. Running back Terrance West was bottled up by the Jets’ defense, and the Ravens were shutout in the second half when they became pass-happy and ineffective.
Without starting left tackle Ronnie Stanley (foot) and right guard Marshal Yanda (shoulder), the Ravens’ offensive line was outplayed. But if the Ravens don’t become a better offensive team after the bye, the losing will continue.
3. Injured arm or not, Joe Flacco’s two interceptions cost the Ravens dearly.
Flacco throw back-to-back interceptions on two straight series in the third quarter, leading to 10 points for the Jets. Up to that point,
Flacco had thrown the ball fairly well playing with a sore shoulder. But if he’s going to help the Ravens win, Flacco needs to do more than just play hurt. He needs to play well. His inconsistent play, not just in this game, but all season, has helped put the Ravens in their current situation.
4. Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick likely reclaimed his starting job.
Fitzpatrick (9 for 14, 120 yards) entered the game late in the second quarter after Geno Smith went out with a knee injury.
Fitzpatrick was not spectacular, but he avoided mistakes and helped move the offense. That means Fitzpatrick likely remains the Jets’ guy, and he may have to anyway if Smith is seriously injured.
5. A strong game by Ravens wide receiver Mike Wallace was wasted.
Wallace (10 catches, 120 yards) had an excellent game, but he did not have enough help. The Ravens need other wide receivers to make more plays, but part of their success depends on Flacco playing better as well.