BALTIMORE - Ed Reed wore different colors against the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium for the second time this season, and for the second time the veteran safety left with a loss.
Reed's new team, the New York Jets, didn't do much right in Baltimore's 19-3 victory. His old team, the Houston Texans, fared worse two months ago when the Ravens routed them 30-9. It's been a winless year for Reed since the 35-year-old veteran left Baltimore following its Super Bowl victory in February.
But Reed said he still cherishes Charm City.
"It's always special being here," Reed said. "You hate to be on this side of the fence, but somebody has to win and somebody has to lose. It was a great football game. It's a child's game we play. And we had fun."
Reed signed with Houston in the offseason and made his first start of the year in Baltimore on Sept. 22. The Texans lost seven in a row, and Reed was released two weeks ago.
New York signed him before its game last week against Buffalo, a 37-14 loss. The Jets followed that with Sunday's dismal offensive performance in Baltimore, although Reed started and became a factor.
He finished with a season-high five tackles, four in the first half, and one pass defense. It came in the first quarter, with the Ravens facing third-and-9 from New York's 12-yard line. Joe Flacco threw to Jacoby Jones down the seam, but Reed collided with Jones in the end zone and dislodged the ball.
Reed got flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct on the hit before officials met and waived off the penalty.
"It's such a bang-bang play," Reed said. "You just hope that they could get together and make the correct call. They get paid to do a job. You can't get caught up in that, you've just got to go out and play football."
Reed's fortune changed late in the third quarter, when Flacco connected with Jones on a 66-yard strike for the game's only touchdown. Reed had trouble defending Jones on the play and said the scoring pass had little to do with swirling winds inside the stadium.
"I never really saw the ball. I should have played it different," Reed said. "I probably should have just grabbed Jacoby, and took the pass interference instead, being in that position that I was in. Baltimore played a great game. It was a chess match. They executed well, man, and got the win."
The Ravens and Jets each sit at 5-6, but Baltimore's win Sunday gave the home team a tiebreaker should it matter at the end of the season.
"You want to put yourself in the best position possible going into late December," he said. "We've still got opportunities. We can't worry about what everybody else is doing, and I know we're not."