Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco talks about losing to the Jets and playing bad football. (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun video)
Despite skipping two practices last week and being limited on Friday, quarterback Joe Flacco started and played the entirety of Sunday's 24-16 loss to the New York Jets here at MetLife Stadium. Afterward, Flacco declared that his right shoulder was fine.
"I felt good," he said. "My arm felt great. I was a little bit nervous early on in the week just because I wasn't sure what it was. I was having a little bit of trouble with it. So I was a little bit nervous early in the week, but when I went in on Thursday, I felt pretty good and I felt optimistic that I was going to be feeling ready to go."
Flacco compared the injury to one he suffered at the University of Delaware, and speculated that the ailment flared up after he had completed a 70-yard bomb to wide receiver Mike Wallace in the third quarter of an eventual 27-23 loss to the New York Giants a week ago.
"I just got hit from my left side, and I landed on my arm with it extended out," Flacco said. "So I think it was just a little bit of a, you know, my shoulder just took a little bit of a concussion from the ground, and I think it will get better pretty soon here."
On Sunday, Flacco completed 56.8 percent of his passes and was sacked just once. But he recorded a season-low 54.0 passer rating, and his streak of consecutive throws without an interception ended at 176 in the third quarter when he woefully underthrew a ball to wide receiver Breshad Perriman. Jets cornerback Buster Skrine intercepted it.
After a 22-yard field goal by Nick Folk, Flacco was intercepted again, on his third snap, when he overthrew Perriman over the middle, and free safety Marcus Gilchrist returned the ball to the Ravens' 24. That led to New York's third and final touchdown.
Flacco said he will use the upcoming bye week to strengthen his shoulder. "I definitely don't want to mess around with my right shoulder."
More injuries for Ravens: The Ravens' injury list grew longer Sunday.
After opening the game without four defensive starters in Terrell Suggs (biceps), Elvis Dumervil (foot), inside linebacker C.J. Mosley (hamstring), and cornerback Shareece Wright (hamstring), the unit lost two more: free safety Lardarius Webb (hamstring) and rookie cornerback Tavon Young (concussion).
Webb, who made two tackles before leaving the contest, said afterward that he is OK.
"It was just one play," he said, adding that he intends to play when the Pittsburgh Steelers visit M&T Bank Stadium on Nov. 6. "I felt it. But it's not bad. I just didn't want to go in and make it worse. So the smarter decision was just to come out."
Marqueston Huff replaced Webb at safety, but did not register a tackle.
Young made six tackles before getting hurt in the third quarter. Young, who was not permitted to talk to media because he is in the concussion protocol, was replaced by Jerraud Powers, who made two tackles.
Other inactives: In addition to Suggs, Dumervil, Mosley and Wright, the team deactivated wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. (ankle), right guard Marshal Yanda (shoulder), and rookie left tackle Ronnie Stanley (foot).
Stanley's absence continues to be puzzling. He fully practiced all three days last week, but he sat out his fourth consecutive game. Smith and Yanda missed their second straight contests.
Kamar Aiken made his second consecutive start for Smith and caught three passes for 55 yards.
The offensive line consisted of rookie Alex Lewis at left tackle, John Urschel at left guard, Jeremy Zuttah at center, Ryan Jensen at right guard, and Rick Wagner at right tackle. Wagner sat out last Sunday's contest because of a thigh injury.
Moore scores touchdown … on special teams: Rookie Chris Moore scored a school-record 26 career touchdowns at the University of Cincinnati. But he never scored one on special teams. He did Sunday for the Ravens.
The wide receiver scored the Ravens' first touchdown when he recovered a fumble by New York punter Lachlan Edwards in the end zone with 9:37 left in the first quarter.
Coming off the left edge of the punt block team, Moore saw the snap from Tanner Purdum sail through Edwards' hands. Moore realized the opportunity before him.
"It was just a blitz play where I was supposed to come off the edge," said Moore, a fourth-round pick. "When I saw the punter muff it, I knew I had to try to get the team the ball. It just so happened that it rolled into the end zone. I landed on top of it, and it was amazing."
End zone: With an 11-yard pass to Perriman early in the second quarter, quarterback Flacco eclipsed the 30,000-yard passing mark. Flacco became the second quarterback in Baltimore football history to reach that level, joining former Colts great Johnny Unitas (39,768 yards in 17 seasons). … The Jets played without starting defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson, who entered the week leading the team with seven tackles for loss and had 2½ sacks and six quarterback hits. Lorenzo Mauldin replaced Wilkerson and finished with one tackle and one quarterback hit. … Jensen, Zuttah, defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan and inside linebacker Albert McClellan represented the Ravens for the coin toss.