At First Glance: Jaguars vs. Ravens


John Eisenberg: The Ravens really gave their first-team units an extended look, letting them playing into the third quarter. Since they won't play a lick next week, this was their last chance to build some momentum going into the regular season. The offense definitely succeeded, moving the ball steadily and in big chunks in the no-huddle alignment and finishing off a pair of drives with touchdowns. Joe Flacco has never looked better. The starting defense was a bit less in control despite not giving up a touchdown, yielding here and there to a Jacksonville offense that posed little danger. Sorry to ask, but how did the Ravens lose to this team last season?

Ryan Mink: A dominating effort tonight, particularly for the first-team offense. You have to feel good about how that unit is looking heading into Monday Night Football against Cincy. Joe Flacco looks better than ever, and the hurry-up offense is clicking on nearly all cylinders – and it's just the preseason. The Ravens could have even put up more than their record-setting 48 points if they had finished off their first two promising drives. I know it's just the preseason, but I think it's safe to say this offense is going to take off this year. Look at how it did last year in the Monday Night Football loss in Jacksonville if you need any more proof of how far it has come. The defense still has some things to work through, but had a bounce back effort against an offense not as dangerous as the ones it saw in Atlanta and versus Detroit. Still a positive sign.

Garrett Downing: In the preseason test that matters the most, the Ravens passed with flying colors. The Ravens played their best game of the preseason, dominating Jacksonville across the board from start to finish. Quarterback Joe Flacco was impressive in the Ravens new-look, no-huddle offense. He finished the night completing 27-of-36 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns. His one blemish was an interception that came on a Hail Mary at the end of the first half. The defense also played their best game of the preseason, holding the Jaguars first-team offense without a touchdown. It's still just the preseason, but this game should give Ravens fans plenty to be excited about heading into the Monday Night Football opener against Cincinnati.

Sarah Ellison:It's becoming repetitive to write this during this offseason, but I don't think it will ever get old for Ravens fans – quarterback Joe Flacco looked really good. He spread the ball to nine, yes nine, different receivers with a couple of absolute lasers mixed in with a few beautiful touch passes, sideline throws, some threading the needle in traffic, deep, short, whatever. It didn't hurt to have a stable of reliable targets, especially Torrey Smith who finished the night with eight catches for 103 yards. The first-team defense controlled a MJD-less Jags, giving up a few plays here and there. Justin Tucker could not have made a better bid for the kicking job. Both Tandon Doss and Laquan Williams showed up in a tight competition. Tyrod Taylor had his best game of the preseason. Should we get a little picky since this is the last time we'll get a good look at the starters until Sept. 10? Why not? The kickoff coverage is still a little suspect. There were some early Ravens penalties that stalled productive offensive drives. Another receiver, this time Justin Blackmon, had some success against the Ravens secondary, but nothing too bad, again just being picky.

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