Jets Week 12: About the Ravens
The 5-5 Jets try to keep their playoff hopes alive on Sunday against the 4-6 Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Learn more about the Jets' Week 12 opponent.
The defending Super Bowl champs aren't quite at that level in 2013. The team was 8-2 and led the AFC North through the first two weeks of the 2012 season, but find themselves at 4-6 and on the outside of the chase for the final AFC wild card spot.
Baltimore is coming off of two consecutive overtime games -- they beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 20-17, in Week 10, then lost to the Chicago Bears, 23-20, last week. Before Sunday, the last time the Ravens played back-to-back overtime games was 2010 (23-20 loss to New England in Week 6; 37-34 win over the Buffalo Bills in Week 7).
After receiving a six-year, $120.6 million contract in March, Joe Flacco has been average so far for the Ravens. His 2,469 passing yards are 14th in the NFL, while his 13 touchdowns are 20th in the league. His 13 interceptions are fifth-most in the NFL -- just three behind Jets rookie signal-caller Geno Smith.
Ray Rice has struggled in 2013, with only 420 rushing yards and four touchdowns in 10 games. The 26-year-old did not have more than 75 rushing yards in a game until last week, when he went off for 131 yards and a touchdown against the 31st-ranked Chicago Bears defense.
Dennis Pitta, who emerged as one of Flacco’s security blankets in 2012, suffered a dislocated hip at the beginning of training camp. He was activated from the injured reserve-designated to return list on Wednesday, but it's unsure whether he will play on Sunday. Ed Dickson has started nine of the 10 games so far in place of Pitta, though Dallas Clark has been the most productive tight end on the team, catching 27 passes for 311 yards and three touchdowns.
Torrey Smith leads the team with 785 receiving yards, and he’s tied for seventh in the league with 17.1 yards per reception. Marlon Brown’s five touchdown catches are the most on the team, though the rookie missed last week’s game with a knee injury.
The Ravens' offensive line has had its own share of struggles this season. The unit has given up 33 sacks -- fourth-most in the NFL, and the team’s 3.0 yards per attempt is second-worst in the NFL. The Ravens tried to shake things up before the trade deadline, sending tackle Bryant McKinnie to the Miami Dolphins and trading for Jaguars tackle Eugene Monroe. In addition, left guard Kelechi Osmele, who contributed as a rookie last year, was placed on injured reserve with a back injury earlier this month.
Baltimore’s defense ranks eighth overall, largely due to the pass-rushing duo of Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil. Suggs leads the team with nine sacks -- which is tied for sixth-most among defensive players -- while Dumervil, who joined the team as a free agent after a fax snafu with the Denver Broncos in the offseason, is not far behind with 8 1/2.
Former Jacksonville Jaguar Daryl Smith is the Ravens' middle linebacker, replacing Ray Lewis. The 31-year-old has done well in his first 10 games with the team -- he has 42 tackles, 2 1/2 sacks, two interceptions (one returned for a TD) and has forced two fumbles.
The Ravens are 1-1 vs. AFC East in 2013. They lost to the Buffalo Bills, 23-20, in Week 4, then beat the Miami Dolphins 26-23 the following week.