The Jets lost their second straight game in blowout fashion losing 19-3 to the Baltimore Ravens to drop to 5-6. This is the first time the Jets have deviated from the win one, lose one streak that they were on through the first 10 games. How did it happen? Here are the good, the bad and the ugly:
1) Muhammad Wilkerson is the best player on the field but might not be for long – Wilkerson was dominant again today registering two sacks among his six tackles, including one for a loss and three quarterback hits. Why might he not be the best player for long? Not for his own play declining but instead the rapid ascension of Sheldon Richardson. Richardson had a game-high nine tackles which included a 1/2 sack, three tackles for loss and a quarterback hit. Richardson should have had another sack but they ruled Tyrod Taylor was running on a read option play even though he made a pump fake while scrambling. Quinton Coples had a half sack and a tackle for loss and Calvin Pace had a sack as well. Damon Harrison, Demario Davis and David Harris helped with the run defense holding Ray Rice to 30 yards with 1.9 yards per carry and the Ravens as a team to 67 yards and 2.2 yards per carry.
2) The running backs when they had room – Bilal Powell had 41 yards on 11 carries and Chris Ivory had 35 yards on nine carries. Both looked good on a couple of drives where the offensive line finally got some push and opened some holes. Despite apparently spraining his ankle both high and low on the first play Chris Ivory ran extremely hard and had a nice 17 yard run in the 1st quarter. Powell had a very good 3rd quarter as the Jets came out of halftime determined to get the ground game going again.
3) Ryan Quigley punted for 411 yards – Ryan Quigley, who has been up and down with most of that being down had a good day today. He averaged 51 yards per punt on eight punts including three inside the 20. Nick Folk hit his only field goal try of the day, a 27-yarder to begin the scoring.
4) The Dolphins, Patriots and Giants lost – At least the Jets rivals lost that takes the sting off just a little bit. There isn’t much good to speak of from this Jets game so I need to reach a little bit but I know I did feel a bit better when the Giants lost as time expired and Cam Newton led the Panthers back from 16-3 down to beat the Dolphins.