Initial Reaction – #AsExpected, Ravens Blow Out Jets In Primetime

Joe Caporoso with initial reaction

The New York Jets will now officially be under .500 for the 4th straight season and for the 6th time in 9 years, while Adam Gase’s career record dropped to 28-35 with 26 double digit losses. It was a by the numbers blow out in Baltimore as the Ravens rolled the Jets on Thursday Night Football 42-21, in a game that wasn’t as close as the score indicates. 

It was an inconsistent night for Sam Darnold, who had a good first half end with an ugly interception and a lost fumble in the second half. He finished 18/32, 218 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception, 1 lost fumble and with a 6.8 YPA. Darnold had a few special throws, including his first half touchdown to Jamison Crowder but the Jets offense and him along with it, continued to struggle substantially in the second half after defenses adjust. They are also likely to face questions about some of their play calling decisions in short yardage situations.

Le’Veon Bell had a decent night with 21 carries for 87 yards but was not involved in the passing game with only 2 receptions. Jamison Crowder led the way for the Jets with 6 catches for 90 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Jeff Smith and Daniel Brown had equal or more targets than Bell and Ty Montgomery in the passing game.

Defensively, the Jets were overmatched by the Ravens buzzsaw of an offense. Lamar Jackson racked up 5 passing touchdowns, 86 yards rushing and looked generally unstoppable all night. The Jets mixed in a few blown coverages to make life easier as Daryl Roberts looked just as bad at safety as he did last season (it was also an ugly night for Marcus Maye). The Jets defense couldn’t force any turnovers and only sacked Jackson once.

The Jets got yet another garbage time defense/special teams touchdown (they had two against New England this year as well). Despite having five total touchdowns from their defense or special teams, they are still likely to finish as a bottom five scoring team in the NFL. As it stands now, they have eleven offensive touchdowns in their ten AFC games this season, with a 2-8 overall record in the conference.

At 5-9, the Jets will finish their season against the Pittsburgh Steelers at home and then the Buffalo Bills on the road. Both defenses should provide a strong test for Darnold.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the EVP of Content at Whistle Sports