The Ravens improve to 5-6 with a huge Thanksgiving matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers on tap. The Jets (also 5-6) have lost consecutive games for the first time this season. Meanwhile, concerns about Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith amplify on a weekly basis.
Here's what else we learned:
1. Jets coach Rex Ryan has a tough decision about Smith this week. The young signal-caller's confidence looks shot, and the Jets' play-calling is a glaring indicator the coaching staff has lost faith. Smith has completed just 25 passes over the last three games and has a league-leading 23 turnovers. Ryan wouldn't say after the game if Smith was his starter next week against the Miami Dolphins. Matt Simms is in play.
2. A new uniform can't change one unconquerable truth for safety Ed Reed: He can't move anymore. Flacco's long touchdown pass to Jacoby Jones was tailor-made for a Reed pick during his salad days in Baltimore. The Reed of today wasn't quick enough to adjust, allowing the back-breaking score. If Reed doesn't help solve the Jets' deep ball woes, he doesn't have much use.
3. Flacco made some big throws in brutal conditions, including a 60-yard completion to wide receiver Torrey Smith and a 66-yard bomb for a touchdown to Jones. Baltimore's deep-strike ability has been mostly absent this season, but Ravens coach John Harbaugh was smart to attack an opponent's weakness.
4. So much for Ray Rice's 131-yard breakout against the Chicago Bears ending his season-long funk. Rice was back in more familiar territory against an imposing Jets front, finishing with 30 yards on 16 carries. Bernard Pierce wasn't much better.
5. Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson was a bright spot for New York, finishing with two sacks, three QB hits and six tackles. Nobody can run on the Jets. Problem is, everybody can throw on their subpar secondary.The "Around The League Podcast" is now available on iTunes! Click here to listen and subscribe.