Posted by Will Brinson
If you want to sum up Monday night's stinker of a matchup between the Ravens and Jaguars, here you go: Joe Flacco completed a pass to Joe Flacco for negative eight yards.
No, really. That happened.
Both Jacksonville and Baltimore were absolutely abysmal on offense, but eventually the Jaguars prevailed enough to win a super-sloppy 12-7 game at Everbank Field. Maurice Jones-Drew fumbled three times, Jack Del Rio made an inexplicable decision to give Josh Scobee a 51-yard field goal with 1:43 left on the clock and up 9-7, and an even more inexplicable decision to challenge whether or not Flacco stepped out of the back of the end zone.
It might have been -- no hyperbole -- the worst challenge in NFL history. But the Jaguars still won and are somehow only two games back of the Texans in the AFC South. Good on them, but I don't think it matters, because surely no one's going to do as poor a job of showing up as Baltimore.
Which leads us to this: the Ravens, as I wrote last week, have an advantage over most other contenders in the NFL because of their stout defense. All they need is Joe Flacco to take a step forward and become a good-to-great quarterback, and there's no reason why Baltimore can't win the Super Bowl.
Welp, Baltimore's got a problem, because the monstrosity -- Pete Prisco correctly called it "offensive" for the bad reasons -- of a game that Flacco produced on Monday night against the Jaguars was as ugly as they come and exactly why Flacco is so abhorred by many a Baltimore football fan.
"It's about as bad as you can play on offense," John Harbaugh said after the game. "I don't know if you can play any worse than that."
The Ravens picked up their first third-down conversion with 11 minutes remaining in the third quarter. Flacco had eight -- eight -- passing yards with nine minutes left in the third quarter.
On the season, Flacco's now vacillated wildly in his performances throwing up his second road stinker against an inferior team, and making it anyone's best guess as to whether or not he'll show up on offense. Flacco's passed for 224 yards, 197 yards, 389 yards, 163 yards, 305 yards and now 137 yards.
That's only consistent in that he's predictably down after he's been up. And, yeah, the Ravens won a Super Bowl with Trent Dilfer at quarterback and a historically impressive defense.
But the Jaguars were begging for Baltimore to take this game away from them, and the Ravens simply refused. That's not on the defense. That's on Flacco and the offense.
Just like the Ravens hopes for the rest of the season.
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