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Fumbles derail Ravens in first quarter

The Ravens had two vastly different offensive drives in the first quarter, but they both ended with the same result: a drive-ending, momentum-killing fumble.

Early in the quarter, the Ravens defense -- which is playing great, by the way -- forced a quick punt to set up the much-anticipated official unveiling of the team's revamped offense. But on their first offensive play, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco hesitated when his first read was covered after a three-step drop and was destroyed by Jets defenders Shaun Ellis and Bryan Thomas. The ensuing fumble set up a Jets field goal.

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On their second drive, the Ravens held the ball for nearly nine minutes as they moved into field-goal range, but a foolish fumble by Willis McGahee killed the drive. The veteran running back tried to make something out of nothing after a play broke down and former Raven Bart Scott knocked the ball from his grasp.

Sione Pouha recovered both fumbles for the Jets. In other news, I wish my last name was Pouha.

Instant update: The Ravens didn't fumble on their third drive, but were forced to punt. Chalk it up as a moral victory?

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