The Jacksonville Jaguars are not the Detroit Lions on offense. But theres no question that the Ravens played better on defense Thursday night than they did last week versus Detroit.
After the 48-17 rout of Jacksonville, there were many more smiles in the press conferences and locker room post-game. The starters, back-ups and just about everyone played well and dominated a Jacksonville team that had upset the Ravens during the season in 2011
That probably wasnt on the players minds too much, though, as they wanted to improve after some inconsistent play during the first two pre-season games of this seasonespecially the defense.
And they did just that. The Jaguars scored 17 points but couldn't do much damage running or passing. They finished with 258 yards of total offense and 14 of the 17 points were scored in the fourth quarter. Seven of those came on an interception return, so the offense ended up with only 10 points in an effort thats theyre not going to like.
The Ravens, however, were very happy.
I thought the defense played well as a whole, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. We did a good job against the run. They did a nice job on their quick game, and they have really talented receivers. Blaine Gabbert gets the ball out really quick, and I thought our corners covered pretty well.
Linebacker Jameel McClain said the defense simply wanted to get out there and make plays. The Ravens looked more aggressive on defense and played in a way thats been seen a lot over the years.
The timing of this was good since starters got more playing time in this contest than any other pre-season game. Many called it a dress rehearsal for the season opener against the Bengals in 10 days.
The goal is to go out there and make plays regardless, no matter what game it is, McClain said. Whether its the last pre-season game, the first pre-season game, or the third, we want to go out there and be competitive and show our style of defense.