Week 15 of the 2019 NFL season began with the 5 - 8 New York Jets going to M&T Stadium in Baltimore to face the red-hot 11 - 2 Ravens. Ravens QB, Lamar Jackson passed Michael Vick's record of 1,039 yards for most rushing yards by any quarterback in an NFL season by rushing for 86 yards on the night. The Jets were not playing for records or the playoffs, they were playing for their jobs for next season. Should the Jets organization wait till the end of the season to fire Head Coach, Adam Gase? I’m sure if you took a poll today, many of their fans think they should have done it back in Week 9 after their loss to the Miami Dolphins. Football fans everywhere were curious to see how well Jets QB, Sam Darnold could fared against a very stout Ravens defense. Although he did throw for 218 yards and two touchdowns, it went as expected as the Ravens defeated the Jets 42 - 21.
On the Ravens first drive of the game, they would pound the rock running with RB, Mark Ingram II or L. Jackson keeping the ball by running quarterback draws. After a 5 yard run by L. Jackson he entered the record book by running for 1,040 yards surpassing M. Vick’s single season record for a quarterback. The drive would end with a 6 yard rushing touchdown by M. Ingram II to give the Ravens an early 7 - 0 lead. The Jets traveled down the field with S. Darnold completing multiple passes to his wide receivers, Jamison Crowder and Vincent Smith but K, Sam Ficken’s 49-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Ravens DE/FB, Patrick Ricard as it remains 7 - 0 Ravens. The Ravens would strike again as L. Jackson found rookie WR, Miles Boykin for a 5-yard touchdown to make it 13 - 0 Ravens. Surprisingly, the Ravens K, Justin Tucker missed the extra point which was only his second career extra-point miss. The Jets could have capitalized as they were driving down the field the last few minutes but only to end the first quarter scoreless.
The second quarter the Jets maintained possession as S. Darnold threw a laser to former Washington Redskins, WR, J. Crowder at the corner of the end zone for a touchdown. Finally the Jets are on the board and got some life. The Ravens would strike right back with a touchdown sucking the life right back out of the Jets as TE, Mark Andrews caught a 1-yard touchdown pass and M. Ingram would rush in for a two-point conversion to make it 21 - 7 Ravens. The Jets were back in the red zone with under two minutes to go in the first half, S. Donald's pass intended for WR, Robby Anderson was swatted away by CB, Jimmy Smith on 4th down to keep the Ravens up by two possessions. The Jets had an opportunity to tack on more points before halftime only for S. Darnold to throw an untimely interception straight to Ravens SS, Chuck Clark.
The third quarter began sluggish for both teams until the Ravens would force another turnover as LB, Tyus Bowser forced a fumble on S. Darnold which was recovered by DE, Jihad Ward to put the Ravens in field-goal range. On the ensuing possession, L. Jackson would throw a 24 yard dart to rookie WR, Marquise Brown for a commanding 28 - 7 Ravens lead. The Jets continued to struggle offensively, their number one RB, Le'Veon Bell was non-existent during the whole game! The very next drive, M. Andrews would convert a 4th & 1 that went for 36 yards putting the Ravens in scoring position once more. This drive would end with a 33 yard touchdown pass to WR, Seth Roberts to make it an even more commanding lead for the Ravens, 35 - 7. Now onto the fourth quarter, the Jets trailing far behind blocked a punt with LB, B.J. Bello scooping and scoring but only to have S. Ficken miss the extra point giving the Ravens a lead of 35 - 13. M. Ingram II scored again for the Ravens as they had a total of 42 points on the board, the most since Week 12 when they put up 45 points against the Los Angeles Rams. S. Darnold would throw his second touchdown of the game to J. Crowder and R. Anderson converting a two point conversion but it was no contest as the Ravens easily defeated the Jets. The Ravens quest of being the top seed in the AFC continues as they have won 10 straight games with a record of 12 - 2 and clinched the AFC North title.