The Ravens just can't get out of their own way.
Baltimore dropped a fourth straight* *game Sunday at MetLife Stadium again due to a deluge of mistakes that added up to a 24-16 loss.
The Jets moved to 2-5 and the Ravens fall to 3-4.
Interceptions by quarterback Joe Flacco on back-to-back drives in the third quarter set the Jets up for 10 points after the Ravens went into halftime with a two-point lead.
In a bizarre sequence of events in the third quarter, the Ravens forced a running back Matt Forte fumble on the goal line, recovered it, then defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan fumbled it back to the Jets.
As has been the case recently, penalties and turnovers were problems that compounded the Ravens' staggering injury problems. On Sunday, the Ravens added an ineffective running game and missed tackles to the list of woes.
The lack of a running game (a franchise-low 6 yards on 12 carries) put the game largely on Flacco's injured right shoulder. He was 15-of-22 for 200 yards at halftime, but just 10-of-22 for 48 yards after the break and threw the two crippling interceptions.
The Ravens knocked Jets starting quarterback Geno Smith out of the game, turning it over to the NFL's leader in interceptions, Ryan Fitzpatrick. It didn't make a difference.
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Meanwhile, the Ravens' No. 1-ranked run defense was worn down by Jets running back Matt Forte, who gained 97 yards on 28 carries and a touchdown, and caught four passes for 54 yards and another touchdown. For a second straight week, a big play negated an early 10-point Ravens lead.
After the Ravens special teams unit notched another blocked field goal, Baltimore's offense had a chance to drive the field to tie the game, but once again stalled around midfield. On third down, Flacco missed an open receiver (Chris Moore), lost the grip on a pass, then couldn't come up with a big play to Moore on fourth down.
The Ravens will head into the bye with a host of recurring problems to fix. Their hope is to come out of it healthy enough to turn their season around. Guard Marshal Yanda, wide receiver Steve Smith Sr., left tackle Ronnie Stanley, linebacker C.J. Mosley, outside linebackers Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs were all out of Sunday's game.
- As the Jets went to punt on their first offensive series, the snap was a bit high and to the right of punter Lachlan Edwards and the ball went through his hands. Moore pounced on the loose ball in the end zone, putting the Ravens ahead, 7-0. On the Ravens' next offensive drive, Flacco stepped into a 53-yard bomb to wide receiver Mike Wallace, setting up a 50-yard field goal by kicker Justin Tucker and giving the Ravens a 10-0 first-quarter lead.
- Once again, the Ravens let the opponent back in the game via a big play. Facing a second-and-18, Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa caught a pass in traffic, eluded a bad angle by linebacker Zachary Orr, then outran safety Lardarius Webb and defensive back Anthony Levine for a 69-yard touchdown. It marked the third touchdown pass of 66 yards or longer in the last three quarters at MetLife Stadium.
- A missed tackle on third down by cornerback Tavon Young allowed the Jets, now under Fitzpatrick after a knee injury to Smith, to extend a drive at the end of the first half. A 30-yard end-around, then a trick underneath pass to Forte that he took 20 yards to the end zone put the Jets in the lead, 14-13.
- Just as Flacco set a franchise record with 176 consecutive passes without an interception, his 177th pass was picked off by cornerback Buster Skrine and returned 51 yards to Baltimore's 3-yard line, setting up a 22-yard field goal. The defense held the Jets to three points, but then Flacco was picked off again on an errant high pass on the very next drive. New York capitalized with a touchdown that time after a pair of fumbles …
- The Ravens forced a fumble on the goal line, which was recovered by Jernigan, but he also fumbled and it was recovered by the Jets. New York ended up with a first-and-goal from the 5-yard line. Forte, who punished the Ravens throughout the day, ran through a gaping hole for a 1-yard touchdown to take a 24-16 lead with less than a minute left in the third quarter.
Standout Player of the Game
K Justin Tucker
Tucker scored nine of the Ravens' 16 points (the only touchdown also came from special teams). He connected on all three of his attempts on the day from 50, 49 and 44 yards and is now 18-for-18 on the season.
On The Horizon
The banged-up Ravens have a much-needed bye next Sunday, and will come out of that against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 6 at M&T Bank Stadium.