If this is what the Ravens look like on all cylinders with the no-huddle offense, look out.
They scored the most points in a preseason game in more than a decade Thursday in a 48-17 rout of the Jacksonville Jaguars as quarterback Joe Flacco spotted the reserves a 17-point lead.
Coach John Harbaugh stuck with his first-team offense through the first series of the third quarter as Flacco completed 27 of 36 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns.
In the previous two exhibition games, the Ravens' first-team offense only had one touchdown. It was the most points scored by the Ravens since they had 38 vs. the New York Giants in 2001.
"He was accurate with his throws," Harbaugh said of Flacco. "Guys made catches for him, timing was good, real decisive."
Flacco emphasized going into this game that he wanted the offense to take more risks throwing the ball, particularly in the red zone. In three trips inside the Jags' 20-yard line, Flacco passed 7-for-10 and registered both of his TD passes.
"It's when you get simple looks," Flacco said about passing on first down in the red zone. "You can kind of catch defenses by surprise here and there, and if you make a play you make a play. If not, you come back on second down and have your choice. So I think it's not only in the red zone, it's just all throughout."
His favorite target was wideout Torrey Smith who had eight catches for 103 yards. Flacco's first touchdown pass was to Anquan Boldin from five yards out and then from eight yards to Vonta Leach as the Ravens led 20-3 early in the third quarter.
"Their quarterback executed better than our defense did," Jags linebacker Paul Posluszny said. "He played a good game and, defensively, we didn't have our best effort. We're not happy with how we did."
Tyrod Taylor relieved Flacco and had his best game of the preseason, too, as the floodgates opened for the offense. The second-year quarterback completed 7 of 9 for 139 yards.
He connected with LaQuan Williams on an eight-yard touchdown pass, ran in another from five yards and checked down to Bobby Rainey at the line of scrimmage for a 48-yard catch-and-run for a score. Just before that, Taylor threw interception that was returned 55 yards by Antonio Dennard to give Jacksonville its first touchdown and make the score 34-10.
Taylor didn't get gun-shy.
"It was good to see Tyrod because that's the type of Tyrod that we've all seen in practice," Harbaugh said. "It was good to see him take that to the game. He played well."
Curtis Painter came in behind Taylor to toss a 33-yard touchdown strike to Tommy Streeter.
In between all of that offense, the Ravens' defense played its most physical game yet. Jags quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne completed just 16 of 31 passes for 174 yards and had no touchdown strikes.
With the exception of a drive late in the second quarter when he compiled most of his yardage, Rashad Jennings was held in check with 57 yards rushing on 13 carries. He entered the game averaging more than five yards per carry.
The defensive line had three sacks (Haloti Ngata, DeAngelo Tyson, Courtney Upshaw) after just one in the previous two preseason games combined.
"We're putting it all together now," defensive back Lardarius Webb said. "I can see where we're going, where we're headed. ... The guys were flying around to the ball. They were playing Ravens defense tonight."