The final game of the NFL’s 2011 Week 7 slate features a team on the way up and one on the way down as 4-1 Baltimore travels to 1-5 Jacksonville on ESPN’s Monday Night Football in a 8:30 pm ET game in EverBank Field.
In our final edition of “From the notes …” for Week 7, we go inside the game notes provided by each team’s PR staff and the NFL Communications office (via the Elias Sports Bureau).
The Ravens (4-1) are coming off a 29-14 victory over Houston at home last Sunday:
NOTE OF THE WEEK: The Ravens’ defense has suffocated opponents, allowing an NFL-best 14.2 points per game and forcing an NFL-high 2.8 turnovers per game (14 take-aways in five contests). Baltimore’s “D” has also forced opposing QBs to produce the league’s second-worst rating (65.9), and the Ravens are allowing an NFL-best 4.5 yards per play.
Baltimore’s high-pressure “D” averages 3.0 sacks per game (15 in five contests), ranking as the NFL’s fourth-best mark. After posting just 27 sacks in 2010, the Ravens are on pace to have 48 this season.
WEEK 7 QUICK HITS:
- Baltimore looks to start the season at 5-1 for just the second time in team history (2000 Super Bowl-winning season).
- The Ravens are 7-8 all time on Monday Night Football. All six of the Ravens’ MNF games since John Harbaugh became head coach in 2008 have been on the road (Ravens are 3-2 in contests played).
- The Ravens are 7-4 under John Harbaugh in prime time games, with seven of those contests having been played on the road (4-3).
- In the Ravens’ 15 MNF games, Baltimore has permitted just 288.9 yards per game and allowed 18.5 points per contest. The Ravens average 20.5 points per game on Monday nights, totaling 271.1 yards of offense per game in those contests.
- The Ravens are 19-2 vs. teams with sub-.500 records during the John Harbaugh Era. Baltimore’s only losses to such teams came in Week 2 battles at 0-1 Cincinnati (2010) and at 0-1 Tennessee (2011).
MILESTONES IN REACH:
QB JOE FLACCO
- Flacco needs 3 TD passes to reach 70 in his career.
LB RAY LEWIS
- Lewis needs 28 more INT return yards to pass Derrick Brooks (530) for the most all-time INT return yards by a LB. Lewis has 503 return yards on 31 INTs.
S ED REED
- Reed needs 20 INT return yards to set the NFL’s all-time record. Reed’s 1,463 return yards on 56 thefts rank second behind Hall of Famer Rod Woodson’s 1,483 yards on 71 INTs in 17 seasons.
RB RAY RICE
- Rice, the Ravens’ all-time leader in receiving by a RB (195 for 1,833), is 5 catches shy of 200 and 167 receiving yards short of 2,000 for his career.
LB TERRELL SUGGS
- With 2.5 more sacks, Suggs, the Ravens’ all-time sacks leader (72.5), will own 75 in his career.
- The Ravens have scored a TD in 27 consecutive games, a streak that currently ranks as the longest stretch in franchise history.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR:
RB Maurice Jones-Drew
- Is looking for his second 100-yard rushing game this season, 21st of his career, and first at home this season. Jones-Drew has 100-yard rush games against 11 different teams and had 78 yards in his only previous game vs. Baltimore in 2008.
- Needs 6 yards from scrimmage for 8,000 in his career in his 84th game, joining Fred Taylor (13,632; 140 games) and Jimmy Smith (12,286; 171 games) as the only Jaguars to accomplish the feat.
QB Blaine Gabbert
- Is looking for his first career NFL victory as a starter. He has thrown a TD in each of his first four starts.
K Josh Scobee
- Has made a field goal in 14 straight games, the longest streak in franchise history. He has made all 10 of his FG attempts this year, and he started 14-14 in 2010.
- With a victory, the Jaguars would improve to 2-5 overall and 2-2 at home. Jacksonville has not lost six straight games since 1995.
UNDER THE LIGHTS ON PRIMETIME: The Jaguars have played in 28 nationally televised primetime games in their 17 season, at least one each season, with a record of 13-15, including 4-7 under head coach Jack Del Rio. Jacksonville is 11-10 in home primetime games.
YOUNG, BUT TALENTED: QB Blaine Gabbert was the youngest quarterback to start through the first six weeks of the 2011 NFL season. Among active QBs, only four (Michael Vick, Alex Smith, Matthew Stafford and Josh Freeman) were younger than Gabbert (21 years, 345 days old) when they made their first NFL starts. Gabbert turned 22 on October 15.
Here are the notes from NFL Communications on tonight’s game:
RAVENS: Have 7-1 record vs. Jaguars since 2000 … QB Joe Flacco completed 17 of 23 passes (73.9 pct.) for 297 yards with 115.8 passer rating in only meeting vs. Jax … RB Ray Rice posted 2nd 100-yard rush game (101) of season last week. Rice is averaging 140 scrimmage yards per game this season, 3rd-best in NFL (Matt Forte, 151.3; Fred Jackson, 146.7) … In 2 career games vs. Jax. (w/ Arz.), WR Anquan Boldin has 18 rec. for 184 yards (10.2 avg.). Boldin recorded 1st 100-yard rec. game of season (132) last week & 31st of career. Rookie WR Torrey Smith averages 26.3 yards per rec. (9 rec., 237 yards) … LB Ray Lewis (40.5 sacks, 31 INTs) had sack last week & became 1st player in NFL history with at least 40 career sacks & 30 career INTs … LB Terrell Suggs (72.5) needs 2.5 sacks to reach 75 career … DT Haloti Ngata aims for 3rd straight game with sack … S Ed Reed had 2 INTs in last game vs. Jax.
JAGUARS: Club has 6-3 record at home on MNF … Rookie QB Blaine Gabbert (1st round, No. 10) has TD pass in 1st 4 career starts. Posted career-best as starter 91.5 passer rating in last home game … RB Maurice Jones-Drew (7,994) needs 6 scrimmage yards to reach 8,000 career. Jones-Drew seeks 7th straight game with 80+ rush yards. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 572 rush yards (Darren McFadden, 610; Fred Jackson, 601) … WR Jason Hill aims for 3rd consecutive game with TD catch … TE Marcedes Lewis (191) needs 9 catches to reach 200 career … LB Paul Posluszny leads team with 55 tackles … DT Tyson Alualu posted 1st sack of season last week … Selected in 5th round of 2006 NFL Draft by Ravens, S Dawan Landry spent 5 seasons in Baltimore (2006-10).