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In a defensive struggle, Jaguars lead 3-0 lead over Ravens in 1st quarter
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) ' Josh Scobee kicked a 54-yard field and the Jacksonville Jaguars held the Baltimore Ravens without a first down in the opening quarter for a 3-0 lead Monday night in a game that lived up to its defensive billing.
The Jaguars have lost five straight games since starting the year with a win, and are losers of eight of their last nine games. About the only thing they have going for them is defense, and it showed against the Ravens.
They forced Baltimore to go three-and-out on four drives. On the Ravens' other possession, Darryl Smith stripped running back Ray Rice from behind and Rashean Mathis recovered at the Ravens 31.
Maurice Jones-Drew, the lone bright spot in the NFL's worst offense, ran for 11 yards on first down and converted a fourth-and-2 from the 15 from the Wildcat formation, bolting around the left side for 12 yards to the 3. But on the next play, Ravens safety Ed Reed hit Jones-Drew low and forced a fumble at the goal line that Jameel McClain recovered.
Jones-Drew was ruled down, but Baltimore got possession after a replay review.
That didn't help the Ravens, who couldn't run effectively or throw with Joe Flacco under constant pressure. Flacco was 2 of 7, and his longest completion was 3 yards to Torrey Smith deep in their own territory.
The Jaguars weren't much better offensively. The first quarter featured six punts, two fumbles and only two first downs by both teams. Scobee's kick came after a 28-yard punt return by Mike Thomas set the Jaguars up at the Baltimore 33. The drive lasted three plays and minus 3 yards when Terrell Suggs sacked Blaine Gabbert.
Scobee has kicked a field goal in 15 consecutive games, extending the franchise record.