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Jets Drop Two Games in a Row, Lose 19-9 to Ravens

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On a cold Sunday in Maryland, facing the reigning world champions, the Baltimore Ravens, the Jets won the coin toss and would be the first to receive the ball. A week prior, the Jets were destroyed by the Buffalo Bills in similar conditions, and were ready to prove that their performance that day wasn’t a true representation of the New York Jets, but merely an anomaly. Josh Cribbs returned the opening kickoff a respectable 28-yards, and a confident Geno Smith jogged onto the field. After three consecutive running plays – one from the wildcat – the Jets sent in the punt team, and a disheartened Smith jogged back off the field — a routine he became very familiar with as the afternoon wore on.

The Jets’ offense was inept against the Ravens. Geno Smith threw two interceptions, the defense gave up another deep touchdown pass, and the offense converted on only 1-of-12 third downs, as the Ravens won 19-3.

Rookie quarterback Geno Smith continued his downward slide. After compiling a QB rating of 10.1 against the Buffalo Bills a week ago, Smith only completed 9-of-22 passes for 127 yards and two interceptions – Smith compiled the majority of his yardage late in the game with the Jets desperately trying to find a way back into a game they never were really in.

The Jets opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 27 yard, Nick Folk, field goal, but that would be last time their side of the scoreboard changed. The Ravens scored 19 consecutive points, including the only touchdown of the day, a 66-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Jacoby Jones.

Besides two deep passes – the previously mentioned touchdown pass, and a 60-yard completion over Antonio Cromartie – the Jets defense played well. They sacked Joe Flacco four times, and forced a turnover –Cromartie intercepted Flacco midway through the second quarter.

However, for all the defense’s efforts, Geno Smith and the Jets offense was completely outmatched from start to finish. The Jets offense went 3-and-out nine times, and only converted on third down once. Smith threw a pair of interceptions – both on deep passes, and the Jets offense gave up their traditional comical turnover; center Nick Mangold snapped the ball directly into the legs of a wide receiver in motion, and the alert Ravens defense promptly recovered the ball inside the Jets red-zone.

After the game, Rex Ryan refused to comment on any specific players performance and job security, stating that he had to watch the film first. Hardly, a rousing rally of support for his rookie quarterback, who is quickly losing the confidence of the Jets loyal fanbase.

After two consecutive losses, a once promising season, with a quarterback thought to be the team’s future, is quickly turning into a lost cause. Thankfully for the Jets, they return home next week – they are 4-1 at home this season – to face the equally struggling Miami Dolphins.

Sunday’s game might be the Jets last chance to get this season back on track.


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