Being at the mercy of the NFL Network, I have not seen the Jaguar-Raven game yet, but knowing that it was a 31 point loss coupled with the fact that it was only a preseason game might mean I choose not to watch it at all. So, just realize that anything I say below is coming from someone who has only seen the box-score and some highlights on TV.
- To be very honest, I am kind of glad this game happened. The team was looking really good, and I feel like some us (me included) started to set our expectations too high. I do think that this loss acted as a nice slap in the face that can bring us into a greater sense of reality. Having said that, this game was not the end of the world and the Jaguars still can very well put up a season in which they compete for a playoff spot. After all, preseason records can be quite meaningless (4-0 preseason 0-16 regular season for '08 Lions).
- Based on the suggested tone of some of the comments in the gameday thread yesterday, I think some of you people were getting too worked up over the specifics yesterday. Let us not forget that preseason or not, the Ravens basically were playing at their probable "full strength" whereas the Jaguars were missing some starters with their first unit such as Cox, D. Smith, and Monroe. This does not fully excuse the defensive effort (in particular), but it is not something I am totally ready to overlook.
- Now I delve into the game itself. I am going to try and speculate as little as possible, so most of these are going to be questions that I would appreciate answers to.
- Baltimore possessed the ball for 2:46 longer than Jacksonville and managed to run 18 more plays. Why?(mind you I have never analyzed # of plays per game but I am trying to make as much sense of exactly what happened with just the box score provided to me by NFL.com)
- Gabbert goes 11/21 for 117 yards - This is one thing I most definitely do not want to speculate on, so I ask how long did he play, and considering these numbers make me think of an average game for the 2011 Blaine Gabbert, did he show regressing last night, or did he still show the better mechanics and handling of pressure?
- Blackmon by the numbers seems to have had himself a nice evening. I saw 2 of his catches on highlights, and I came away quite impressed. Hope this guy can keep it up.
- Jennings by the numbers seems to have had himself a nice evening. I saw 2 of his runs on highlights, and I came away quite impressed. Hope this guy can keep it up.
- 571 total yards allowed - injuries or not, that is just not acceptable. I see 2 sacks, which is lower than I had hoped, but can I at least assume there was a decent pass rush throughout, just without the sacks? Is there one subunit in particular that was just atrocious?
- My final question is how did the O-Line look?