The Baltimore Ravens first string offense and defense had a successful night on Thursday defeating the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars 48-17.
Quarterback Joe Flacco had his most complete game of the preseason against a struggling Jags defense. All week in practice leading up to the game the Ravens focus was on finishing drives and converting on red-zone possessions.
Flacco completed 27 of his 36 passes for 266 yards, two touchdowns and one interception coming on a hail mary pass to end the first half. Going into half time Flacco had completed passes to nine different receivers. Wide receiver Torrey Smith continued to flash catching eight passes for 103 yards. Smith’s counterpart Anquan Boldin and fullback Vonta Leach each found the endzone on passes from Flacco.
The Ravens defense had a decent showing allowing Jacksonville quarterback Blaine Gabbert was held to 117 yards and 11 completions on 21 attempts. Jags receiver Justin Blackmon gave the Ravens secondary trouble at times catching 4 passes for 72 yards.
“We want to be dominant,” Webb said. “When we handle our business and [the offense] handles their business, you see what the score’s going to look like.”
The Ravens will begin roster cuts over the weekend to get down to 75 from their alloted 90 by Monday afternoon.