There are very few things that I love more than watching the Steelers win a game. But watching the Baltimore Ravens lose is right up there. In fact, seeing the Ravens get destroyed like they did last night on Monday Night Football, was downright orgasmic.
For those of you who didn’t see the game, the Ravens lost 12-7 to the Jacksonville Jaguars. But saying that the Ravens lost just doesn’t do justice to the beating that the Jaguars put on them.
The Jaguars prevented the Ravens from getting their first 1st down until there was only 5 minutes left in the 3rd quarter. The Ravens’ punter seemed to spend more time on the field than Joe Flacco did.
The Jaguars almost shut the Ravens out, but the Ravens managed to score just before the 2 minute warning in the 4th quarter.
To help illustrate just how badly the Ravens got beat, let’s look at some statistics.
The Jags held pesky Ravens’ running back Ray Rice to only 28 yards on the ground. So since Rice wasn’t running for many yards, you’d probably think that Joe Flacco must have made up for it in the passing game. However, you’d be wrong. Flacco only had 137 passing yards, and Ravens’ star wide receiver Anquan Boldin didn’t catch his first pass until late in the 3rd quarter.
I don’t mean to rub it in (okay, that was a lie), but the Ravens were held to only 16 net yards in the first half. That’s right, 16 yards. That’s absolutely pathetic. In fact, it’s laughable. So lets all laugh at the Ravens.
The Jaguars are now the second AFC South team that the Steelers have beaten that has gone on to beat the Ravens. The Ravens also got beat by the Tennessee Titans earlier in the season.
The Steelers’ favorable record against common opponents may prove to be helpful later in the year if tie-breakers are necessary when determining playoff seedings.
The loss to the Jaguars puts the Ravens 1/2 game behind the Steelers in the AFC North standings.
The Steelers and the Ravens will meet again in two weeks (November 6th). Only this time, they’ll be playing in Pittsburgh, and I think we’re going to see a very different result than we saw in week 1 at Baltimore.