JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) —  Stifling stops against the run.

Relentless pressure on the quarterback. A struggle just to make a first down. It was the kind of defense expected when the Baltimore Ravens play.

Only this time, it happened to them.

The Ravens (4-2) pitched the wrong kind of shutout Monday night in a 12-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars when they went an entire half without getting a first down, and didn’t have a drive lasting more than three plays until late in the third quarter.

Joe Flacco completed two straight passes for negative yards, one that he caught himself. Ray Rice carried only eight times for 28 yards, with only one run longer than 4 yards.

“They basically beat us with their defense,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “I don’t think it was only one thing. It was a lack of execution. They outplayed us one-on-one. It’s about as bad as you can play on offense.”

Harbaugh didn’t see this one coming.

The Jaguars (2-5) were a team in disarray, losers of five straight games, and eight of nine dating to last year. They had a strong defense of their own, for sure, along with the worst offense in the league.

The Ravens did their part on defense, as usual.

Ed Reed’s low hit on Maurice Jones-Drew caused a fumble at the goal line in the first quarter. Mike Thomas returned a punt 28 yards to give the Jaguars the ball on the Baltimore 31, and the Ravens’ drove them back three yards and made them settle for a 54-yard field goal from Josh Scobee.

Scobee added another field goal from 54 yards in the second quarter, and Baltimore made the Jaguars settle for a 22-yard field goal when they were first-and-goal from the 3 after a personal foul on Brendon Ayanbadejo that got him ejected.

That’s what was so maddening about this loss.

For everything that went wrong on offense — 16 yards in the first half, only 57 yards through three quarters — the Ravens were still in the game. They just couldn’t score until it was too late.

Flacco threw for just 37 yards going into the fourth quarter until the Jaguars gave him a cushion toward the end of the game and, going with a no-huddle offense, he drove the Ravens 90 yards by completing 10 of 13 passes. Flacco found Anquan Boldin in the back of the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown pass with 2:02 left in the game to get to 9-7.

But the onside kick by Billy Cundiff, recovered by the Ravens, came within inches of going the required 10 yards before bouncing back. Jacksonville managed one more field goal by Scobee.

With the late scoring drive, Flacco put up respectable numbers — 21 of 38 for 137 yards, his lone interception coming on the final drive when Drew Coleman stepped in front of his pass in the middle of the field.

“Bad football,” Flacco said. “They’re a physical defense and we were able to give them momentum, and keep the momentum at home.”

Flacco couldn’t find receivers downfield and didn’t have much time to throw. He was sacked three times and under constant pressure for most of the night. Even so, the Ravens were down only at 6-0 at halftime, and fully expected to win the game despite not having a first down and only 16 yards at halftime — the fewest the Jaguars have ever given up in one half.

He expects to take the brunt of the blame for this miserable performance.

“They look at the quarterback when things are good, and they look at the quarterback when things are bad,” Flacco said. “We weren’t playing consistently on offense. It’s going to get better. We’re a young team. We need to make sure when we’re not on our ‘A’ game, we’re not this.”

Baltimore, which came into the game averaging 375.2 yards a game, finished with 146 yards — 89 of those in the fourth quarter.

“There’s no excuse for that,” Boldin said. “You’ve got to give them credit. They played like it was their Super Bowl. We all know we have the talent in this locker room.”

If there was a series that define the hapless offense of the Ravens in this game, it came early in the second quarter when they started in Jacksonville territory for the first time. Flacco completed one pass for a loss of five yards to Dennis Pitta.

Michael Oher was called for holding, Rice dropped a short pass over the middle and Oher was called for holding again.

Just like that, it was third-and-35 from their own 30. And on the next play, Jeremy Mincey came charging at Flacco and swatted down his pass into Flacco’s arms. He took off running for the sideline and didn’t make it, slung to the ground by Paul Posluszny for an 8-yard loss that forced yet another punt.

As for the defense, the Ravens held Jacksonville to 205 yards. That’s no great feat, considering Jacksonville ranked last in offense. But it gave up a 100-yard rusher for the first time all year, as Jones-Drew ran for 105 on 30 carries.

“It baffles me,” linebacker Terrell Suggs said, noting that Rice only had eight carries to 30 for Jones-Drew. “They fed their horse. We’ve got to feed our horse. But don’t forget to give credit to Jacksonville.”

The Ravens now have two losses, same as Pittsburgh and Cincinnati in the AFC North. This was a game they were supposed to win, and Suggs called it a low point even this early in the season.

“We have to get over it quick,” Suggs said. “We can’t drop any more games like this.”

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (17)
  1. Jeff says:

    Wow, the Ravens really look bad tonight on OFFENSE. They better find a solution to this inconsistent, sometimes nonexistent OFFENSE. They are putting way to much pressure on the DEFENSE to get turnovers and get points. Something that I thought the OFFENSE suppose to do.

  2. Laurel says:

    what was the story earlier today about how it will take a 7 nation army to defeat the ravens? lmao…..it just took a team from Florida to do it….hahahahha

  3. GEO says:

    I have seen better games on Friday nights at the local high school. The officials also need to work on their game, which was obvious by the number of challenges that were won and by the bad calls.

  4. deltasweetiepi says:

    Not only is Flacco a coward but the Offense is not too much better. I have never been so ashamed to have a purple shirt on in my life. Take nothing for granted fellas. Put your EGOS down and play the game. Now the shytsburgers are in first place…grrrrrrrrrrr

    1. common sense says:

      no actually they aren’t we have not lost in our division so the Ravens are still number 1 in the division.

    2. common sense says:

      no actually they aren’t we have not lost in our division so the Ravens are still number 1 in the division.

      1. So much for commone sense says:

        No actually they are, Steelers are in 1st. They are 5-2 and the Ravens are 4-2.

  5. No Flacco Fan says:

    With every fan and pro player in America watching this game it was a total embarrassment. Steeler fans are on cloud nine. Flacco will never be a QB as long as he lives, but as with most teams we have no one to replace him. Of course, it was not totally his fault. They did not come to play or they listen to their own hype. Maybe Harbaugh should get some help from the 2nd. Marine Division. The bottom line is they will still get a very big paycheck for not doing their job.

    1. ONE2BUCKLE says:


  6. Gary says:

    What the hell happened? Flacco and offence are not on the same page, will somebody please help these guys. The Ravens are better then this.

  7. Joe S. says:

    Maybe it is time to replace Cam Cameron!

  8. Space Ranger says:

    Just face it the ravens suck, always have and always will. And stop blaming the offficals for thier lost.

  9. Gman says:

    I agree with Space Ranger, the officals stink in every game just face the facts that the Ravens got beat by the better team last night.

  10. MD DAD says:

    I always dread when the Ravens have to play on Monday Night Football. The team’s track record on Monday Night Football games have never been very good. I can confirm this statement by going thru the past 5 seasons of stats from the NFL website (since 2006). Since the 2006 Season, the Ravens have played a total of 10 Monday Night Football games.
    Out of the 10 Monday Night football games the Ravens have played, the team has won only 3 games.
    However, all but one (1) of the Monday Night Football games was played at the opposing team’s stadium. The only Monday Night football game played at the Raven’s home stadium M&T since Season 2006, was against the New England Patriots back on Dec. 3rd 2007. New England beat the Ravens 27 to 24 on that Monday night game.
    We Raven’s fans have to keep in mind that when it comes to Monday night games, even the best of teams that are playing against the hosting team struggle like they are playing in the Super Bowl.
    Also Ravens fans should also consider this interesting tidbit.
    After the Pittsburgh Steelers won the Super Bowl on Feb. 5th, 2006. The Steelers returned in Season 2006 to play a Monday Night Football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 18th. The final score.
    Pittsburgh 0—-Jacksonville 9.
    It happens to the best of us.

  11. Drew says:

    They should have given Tyrod Taylor a chance to play. His mobility would have added another dimension.

  12. MD DAD says:

    All Monday Night Football games I have mentioned above are all regular season games. If you look at Preseason games on Monday night, the Ravens won both Preseason games from Seasons 2007 and 2009. Both Monday Night Preseason football games were played at the Raven’s M&T stadium.

  13. don Williams says:

    Flacco just average,no flair ever.

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