Graham intercepted the turnover-prone quarterback twice during the second half of the Ravens' 19-3 win Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium, exploiting the mistakes of the former West Virginia star. It's the second time Graham has had two interceptions in one game in his career. Last season, he intercepted Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning twice in the AFC divisional round.
"We knew going into the game that we were going to have to play good, solid defense," Graham said. "We wanted to be aggressive and to get our hands on the receivers and make him make tight throws, and we were able to do that. We were able to execute our game plan, make a lot of plays, and we just took advantage of the ones that came to us."
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"On the second one, we were in a zone defense and I was able to play over the top and I was looking at him," Graham said. "I [saw] him looking down a seam or two, and I was able to overlap and make the play. That was just a very good play. That was my play. I was looking for it, and it happened all right."
Smith has 18 interceptions and eight touchdown passes this season, with one touchdown pass and 10 interceptions in his past six games. On Sunday, Smith completed only 9-of-22 passes for 127 yards and a 22.3 quarterback rating. He was sacked three times.
"I think the front seven played a hell of a game," cornerback Lardarius Webb said. "They didn't give him a chance to think. They kind of loosened us up on the back end and helped our job out a lot.
"Geno's still a young guy. He's got a lot of room for improvement. He's going to be a dangerous quarterback. He's going to be a great one, one day."
Knocking them through
Despite gusty wind conditions, kicker Justin Tucker converted for four field goals.
Tucker hit kicks from 30, 26, 33 and 53 yards and has converted 24 of 26 field goals this season for a 92.3 percent success rate.
He's now made 22 consecutive field goals, tying Matt Stover for the second-longest streak in franchise history.
"Seems like over the last several weeks, conditions have been crazy in general," said Tucker, who kicked in the mud a week ago during a loss to the Chicago Bears. "Just to be able to come through for my guys was great."
Tucker's most difficult field goal was a 53-yarder in the third quarter as he dealt with shifting winds and powered it through the uprights.
"More than anything, I'm just glad it went through," Tucker said. "They're expecting me to put three points on the board no matter where it's from. I was pretty pumped up to hit that ball. As soon it left my foot, I had no doubt."
The Jets' stout front seven lived up to their advance billing as the top-ranked run defense in the league.
The Jets limited the Ravens to 67 rushing yards on 31 carries as running back Ray Rice gained just 30 yards on 16 carries for a 1.9 average one week after rushing for a season-high 131 yards against the Bears.
"No sugar coating, those boys were hunting," Rice said. "I've got to give it to them. It was a Rex Ryan defense, much respect. That's not a knock on our line, but when you face an excellent defense like that you just take whatever you can get. We're just glad to be able to come out with this win."