Week 10 Game Recap: Baltimore Ravens 3, Jacksonville Jaguars 30
What you need to know
Baltimore drove down the field on their first drive of the game and scored three points on a Matt Stover field goal. They didn't score again. Quarterback Kyle Boller returned after missing eight weeks with a toe injury, and the rust caught up to him. After starting the game red hot, hitting seven of his first seven pass attempts, he fell flat and finished the game with three interceptions and no touchdowns. Boller's favorite receivers were the usual suspects, as both Derrick Mason and Todd Heap had eight passes thrown their way, although neither finished with more than 63 yards. The Jaguars’ pass rush harassed Boller all day, sacking him four times and knocking him to the ground on several additional occasions.
Jamal Lewis was once again ineffective running the ball, but was targeted heavily in the passing game. Boller found him frequently on screen passes and dump-offs. The running game was eventually abandoned as the game progressed and the Ravens' deficit increased.
Baltimore's defense started the game strong, limiting Jacksonville to only ten first half points. Their continued futility on the offensive side of the ball, especially in light of Kyle Boller's turnovers, turned the game into a blowout. At the end of the day, neither side of the Ravens team could feel good about their performance.
With number one running back Fred Taylor out with an injured ankle, reserve Greg Jones turned in a superb performance. He ended the game with his first career 100 yard rushing game, as well as his third rushing score of the year. Receiver Matt Jones had a career day as well, hauling in five catches for 117 yards and a touchdown.
Byron Leftwich was solid, completing just over half of his passes, and managing a great game. He had no interceptions and was only sacked once. He led a balanced attack featuring 30 passes and 35 rushes. After two straight stellar performances from Ernest Wilford, the second year receiver fell flat with several dropped passes and left the game with a shoulder injury.
The Jaguars’ defense ruined Boller's return to the starting lineup, picking off three of his passes (returning the last for a touchdown), and sacking him four times. The defense was the real difference maker in the game, as the Ravens never scored after their initial drive.
What you ought to know
|QB Kyle Boller, Pass: 19 - 33 - 142 - 0 TD / 3 INT, Rush: 2 - 9 - 0|
Boller's return to the starting lineup started great, but ended disastrously. After beginning the game with seven straight completions, he finished 12 of 26 with three interceptions, the last of which was returned for a touchdown. All told, his turnovers led to 14 Jacksonville points. The Ravens pass rush got to him frequently, sacking him four times, and hurrying his throws even more. He took several hard shots, and the constant pressure clearly contributed to the turnovers. Unsurprisingly, his favorite targets were Derrick Mason and Todd Heap.
|RB Jamal Lewis, Rush: 14 - 44 - 0, Rec: 5 - 13 - 0 (7 targets)|
Lewis was ineffective on the ground, and his carries were limited in the second half as the Ravens' deficit grew larger. His longest run of the game only went for seven yards. Lewis received his most pass targets yet this season, as Boller looked to him frequently on screen plays and dump-offs.
Smith made his return to the active lineup with catches on all three of his targets.
Mason, along with tight end Todd Heap, was the most targeted receiver by Kyle Boller. Most of his production came in the first half of the game.
|WR Mark Clayton, Rush: 1 - 0 - 0, Rec: 2 - 3 - 0 (5 targets)|
Clayton contributed minimally. He was the target on a Kyle Boller interception.
Hymes had no catches in the game.
Heap has a solid game, despite two of his looks winding up as Jacksonville interceptions. He was a primary target in the passing game.
Stover was true on his only kick of the game, a 41 yard field goal that ended the Ravens' first drive of the game.
Without team leader Ray Lewis (out with a thigh injury), the Ravens allowed second string running back Greg Jones to bust loose for his first career 100 yard rushing game, including a rushing touchdown. They did well to only allow 3.8 yards per carry, but that was their only highlight in a game where they didn't force any turnovers. Things were made worse for them as the Jaguars went up big late, and focused primarily on pounding the ball on the ground.
The pass defense was victimized by Byron Leftwich for a 200 plus yard game with a touchdown. Matt Jones burned both Chris McAllister and Deion Sanders for big plays. They forced no turnovers, and only got to Leftwich for one sack.
|QB Byron Leftwich, Pass: 16 - 30 - 211 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 4 - 3 - 0|
Leftwich performed solidly, leading the Jaguars with a mistake-free, balanced offensive attack. He threw no interceptions and was sacked only once. He targeted Ernest Wilford and Matt Jones frequently, finding the latter on a couple of big plays, including a touchdown. He threw two passes to each of four different running backs.
|RB Greg Jones, Rush: 25 - 106 - 1, Rec: 1 - 7 - 0 (2 targets)|
Jones was a workhorse runner for the Jaguars, turning in his first 100 game rushing performance of his career. He ran in a one yard touchdown in the third quarter. He busted off big runs of 14, 17, and 20 yards.
Pearman got his carries at the end of the first half when spelling Jones.
Toefield returned to the lineup and gained a first down on an 11 yard pass on the Jaguars' second drive.
Taylor was out for the game with his injured ankle.
|WR Matt Jones, Rush: 2 - 12 - 0, Rec: 5 - 117 - 1 (6 targets)|
Jones, the former Arkansas quarterback, was used in a variety of ways in the game. He ran the ball, both on a reverse and on a play where he lined up as the quarterback. Most importantly, he turned in a career receiving performance with 117 yards on five catches. He burned both Chris McAllister and Deion Sanders for big gains, including a 32 yard touchdown reception in the second quarter.
Smith continued his recent trend with a low number of receiving targets. He finished as Leftwich's third favorite target.
Wilford's recent success came to a screeching halt in this game. He dropped several passes and only managed one reception. He left the game early in the fourth quarter with an apparent shoulder injury. He did not return.
Wrighster was not much of a factor in the passing game, although he was the only tight end to see any looks in the game.
Scobee made all three of his extra points and field goals of 48, 33, and 26 yards.
The Jaguars rendered Jamal Lewis ineffective. The second half of the game, as the Jaguars pulled away, the Ravens were forced to abandon the running game. Even early on the Jaguars were stiff up front, and ultimately gave up fewer than 60 yards on the ground. They forced no turnovers, but had several stops behind the line of scrimmage.
The pass defense feasted on Kyle Boller, spoiling his return from a toe injury that kept him off the field for eight weeks. They intercepted three of his passes, returning the last for a game sealing touchdown in the fourth quarter. They also put a lot of pressure on Boller, sacking him four times, and pressuring him even more. Boller was regularly picking himself off the ground or getting himself sandwiched between two defenders. The Jaguars' pass defense was rock solid, allowing less than 150 yards and no scores.