At First Glance: Ravens vs. Jaguars writers give their first impressions of the Ravens’ 12-7 loss.

Posted by on Tuesday, October 25th, 2011 at 12:11 am | Categories: 2011 Season Gameday, At First Glance, Ryan Mink, Sarah Ellison, Week 7 at Jaguars

John Eisenberg: The Ravens have had plenty of poor offensive performances in their history, but this ranks with the very worst. They didn’t generate a first down for 39 minutes. They didn’t score for 58 minutes. They couldn’t run the ball with any consistency. There was no downfield passing attack, really no passing game at all. The Jaguars had their number. Joe Flacco was under fire throughout and was prone to inaccuracy when he did have time. The defense played well enough, but that was to be expected against an opponent starting a rookie quarterback. It was the offense that completely melted down. The Ravens have a lot of work to do on that side of the ball. That’s not anywhere close to good enough for them to do what they want to do this season.

Ryan Mink: Can’t imagine a more deflating regular-season loss. What’s worse is it was on national television. The Ravens’ offense had one of the worst nights in franchise history. The defense was stout all night but couldn’t make up for the offense’s struggles. Quarterback Joe Flacco will be questioned a lot after this game, but there’s more than one person to blame. The Ravens simply have to put this one behind them, forget about it completely, and be a different team going forward.

Sarah Ellison: It was a record night for the Ravens in front of a national audience – but these are the kind of records you don’t want to touch with a 10-foot pole. Baltimore’s zero first downs in the first half tied a team record (9/18/05). The 16 total yards in the first half were a franchise low and the fewest in the NFL since the Cincinnati Bengals had seven vs. the New York Jets in 2010. It was the exact abysmal performance the Jaguars, who were 1-5 coming into the game, needed to upset the Ravens. The 13-play, 90-yard touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter was too little too late. Quarterback Joe Flacco had the chance to lead his team to victory with just under two minutes left, but was instead intercepted to end the game. The Pittsburgh Steelers now take the top spot in the AFC North. At least the Ravens will have a chance to quickly rid themselves of this bitter taste – the Arizona Cardinals come to town in just six days. Sunday can’t come soon enough.

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