And through eight games last season, he only had four sacks. Oakland almost doubled its season sack total with two, one each from Irvin and All-Pro Khalil Mack, who got his first of the season.
That snapped a string of 137 consecutive starts (including the playoffs), which ranked as the most to begin a career by a quarterback in National Football League history.
“I thought early on in the game, we were pretty good, and then as the game went on, they started to ramp it up a little bit and get some edges and do some things that were pretty good”, Flacco said. “My injury has nothing to do with anything”.
He also popped Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden in the process. The over/under total for the contest has been listed at 46 points.
“We had to affect Flacco”, Irvin said. “But we’re just not there yet”.
It was a defensive play, however, that paved the way for Baltimore to take the lead.
HEAD WEST: In an effort to get the running game going, the Ravens sat out Justin Forsett and let Terrance West prove he can do the job. Missed plays were routine, and by the fourth quarter, you had to start wondering whether some of the analysts were still in the booth, their comments were so few and far between. It is to try to put together a couple more wins and create a gap between the team’s in their division.
The Baltimore Ravens (3-0) are coming from a 19-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 3.
It’s just that there have been ups and downs.
“My brother is in critical condition on life support over a football game”, said Susan Bauer, who also lives in Jessup.
Flacco has been so consistent for so long it is easy to take what he has accomplished in the past for granted. It was the Ravens first loss of the season. That can be a problem, especially in as back-and-forth a contest as Sunday’s, when it felt late in the game like there was a playoff level of intensity in the stands and on the field.
“I think we had holding on 75 percent of our drives, ” quarterback Joe Flacco said.
And through three games, Mack’s bull rush is virtually nonexistent.
Tucker, who made all seven of his field goal attempts prior to Sunday, connected on field goals of 24 yards and 43 yards, respectively, in the first half, but the Ravens trailed 14-6 entering halftime after a pair of first-half touchdown passes by Carr.