While Lamar Jackson and the Ravens are widely expected to crush the Jets on ” Thursday Night Football ,” they may have to do so in a different style than many of their prior blowout victories this season.
Baltimore (11-2) leads the NFL with about 200 rushing yards per game, but one of the few strengths of New York (5-8) is its rush defense, which allows just 3 yards per carry — the best mark in the league by a significant margin. That means Jackson could be more aggressive throwing the ball downfield, something he’s been extremely successful at when the team’s play-calling allows this season.
Jackson has thrown for 28 touchdowns and just six interceptions. He has rushed for 1,017 yards and is closing in on Michael Vick’s record for must yards on the ground for a quarterback. Vick ran for 1,039 yards in 2006.
The best the Jets can do this season is finish at .500, and a stretch of four wins in five games provides faint hope they can end on that optimistic note. Their mistake-prone offense under second-year quarterback Sam Darnold, however, might be an impediment against the ball-hawking Ravens (and the Steelers and Bills in the final two weeks of the campaign). Baltimore has the sixth-most takeaways in the NFL with 20.
Sporting News will track live scoring updates and highlights from Ravens vs. Jets on “Thursday Night Football” Week 15. Follow along below.
Jets vs. Ravens score
Live updates, highlights from ‘Thursday Night Football’
9:32 p.m. — Turnover on downs. Can’t fault the Jets for being aggressive and going for it, but that’s a crucial missed opportunity after moving the ball well down the field.
9:28 p.m. — Two-minute warning.
9:25 p.m. — Darnold has settled into this game nicely. He’s stringing together third-down conversions and has moved the Jets into the red zone.
9:13 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, Ravens. Jackson connects with Mark Andrews for the score. Two-point conversion is successful. 21-7, Ravens.
9:05 p.m. — The Ravens have run the ball 10 times for 106 yards so far. Entering play, the Jets defense had allowed just 3 yards per carry.
9 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, Jets. After dropping a sure-touchdown one play before, Crowder makes amends. 13-7, Ravens.
8:58 p.m. — Darnold completes a 41-yard pass to Jamison Crowder.
End of first quarter: Ravens 13, Jets 0
8:47 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, Ravens. Jackson throws to a wide-open Miles Boykin. Extra point is no good. 13-0, Ravens.
8:47 p.m. — Jackson is up to 52 yards rushing in the first quarter.
8:45 p.m. — Huge run for Ingram all the way inside New York’s 40. So much for that great Jets run defense limiting the Ravens on the ground.
8:41 p.m. — No good. Sam Ficken misses a 49-yard field goal attempt for the Jets.
8:34 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN, Ravens. Mark Ingram breaks into the end zone. 7-0, Ravens.
8:33 p.m. — JACKSON BREAKS VICK’S ALL-TIME SINGLE-SEASON QB RUSHING RECORD. He’s done it with several games to spare. A historic season.
8:32 p.m. — Baltimore is inside the 15.
8:27 p.m. — Jackson throws for a first down, then carries it for another first.
8:26 p.m. — New York goes three-and-out.
8:24 p.m. — Our Thursday night game is underway. The Jets start with the ball.
8:13 p.m. — Jets team huddle time.
7:50 p.m. — Baltimore is getting into its desired headspace about 40 minutes before kickoff.
7 p.m. — The Jets defense will be missing some notable pieces tonight.