1) The offensive line was offensive – Geno Smith was sacked three times and hit four times but the Ravens were around the quarterback pretty much every play. I cannot remember too many clean pockets for Smith. I don’t think any offensive lineman had an effective game although Ferguson had a couple of blocks in the running game that were good. The running game was only marginally effective as the team was losing the battle in the trenches. The team averaged 3.6 yards per carry which is slightly below average. No part of the offense made you feel like it was going to threaten Baltimore and a lot of that had to do with Baltimore controlling the line of scrimmage.
2) Any wide receivers on this team? Any? – Jets wide receivers had three catches for 60 yards. Jet wide receivers not named Greg Salas had one reception for 12 yards. David Nelson had 0 catches on 5 attempts including a brutal drop. Stephen Hill had 0 catches on 1 attempt and was asked after the game how he felt about being used so little and his response was. “I’m not worried about no snaps. Golly.”. (Quote from Jane McManus’ Twitter account @janesports) Everyone knows Geno Smith is struggling right now but he is getting no help from this wide receiving corp who are not making the tough catch and not consistently getting open. This is a position that will be completely revamped in the offseason with perhaps only Kerley guaranteed to return at this point.
3) The secondary can’t get it done – With the wind being a large factor the teams were not throwing as much as they usually did but when Flacco needed to he was able to make big plays against the secondary and score points. They were beaten twice deep. Once Torrey Smith beat Cromartie for 60 yards in tight coverage where it was a perfect throw and Smith gained separation with a slight push-off. On the second pass, a 66 yard touchdown to Jacoby Jones, Milliner was in the trail position and handed it off to Ed Reed who never located the ball properly and instead of intercepting it he let Jones catch it and walk into the end zone. The problems with covering the tight end cropped up again as Dickson and Clark combined for six catches and 79 yards.