Instant analysis: Sun staff reacts to Ravens' 19-17 win over the Jaguars
Sep 25, 2016 | 3:28 PM
Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston is not pleased with the play of the Ravens despite remaining undefeated in a 19-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)
Jeff Zrebiec, Ravens reporter: I wrote last week that the Browns were probably the only team in the NFL that the Ravens would beat by playing the way they did last week. I clearly short-changed the Jaguars. Make no mistake, you have to credit the Ravens for again making some key plays late to put Justin Tucker in position to win the game. But this team absolutely has to figure out a way to be more consistent. The pass rush is nonexistent for three quarters and then takes over the game late. Joe Flacco was on fire, completing 21 straight pass attempts. Then, he goes cold and tosses two interceptions and put numerous other balls in harm's way. even the special teams unit, which figured prominently in the end result, gave the Jaguars some momentum by allowing the long punt return. The important thing is the Ravens are banking wins and they should be getting better from these games. But they are giving their fan base heart problems in the process.
Mike Preston, Ravens columnist: The Ravens have earned their unbeaten record as the result of an easy schedule. Buffalo, Cleveland and Jacksonville are poorly run and coached teams and the Ravens have had just enough to pull out some victories. I don't think they learned their lessons from last year, but are just playing some really bad football teams. But I do like the front seven and think its going to be a really good group. This defense is young and hungry. I am not sure about the back end yet, but have seen enough of the front seven to know this group has to carry the Ravens in 2016.
Mark Selig, Ravens editor: The Ravens aren't especially talented, so they need to win games with the details. Sunday at Jacksonville, they failed many of the details but overcame a mistake-prone game to beat another bad team. The 3-0 record is a scheduling mirage; it still counts all the same.
Ron Fritz, sports editor: Any win on the road is huge. But barely beating Cleveland and Jacksonville does not instill much confidence that this is a playoff team. But 3-0 is 3-0.
Edward Lee, Ravens reporter: The Ravens continue to live on the edge, and their continued inability to make substantial gains via the ground game should be a huge red flag against future opponents. But three interceptions by the defense, a 10th blocked kick since 2014, and a game-winning 54-yard field goal from Justin Tucker proved to be enough for the team to remain undefeated in a young 2016 campaign.
Peter Schmuck, columnist: They say that sometimes it's better to be lucky than good, and that was obviously true today. The Ravens were certainly lucky to get out of Jacksonville with a victory, but no one is going to be terribly proud of the crazy fourth quarter they had to survive to improve to 3-0. Justin Tucker came up big again and the defense harassed Blake Bortles, but you aren't going to win a lot of road games with three turnovers, so the Ravens should count their blessings and get back to work.