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Ravens put on a show at Jaguars' expense

Associated Press Modified: August 24, 2012 at 3:20 am •  Published: August 24, 2012
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BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens probably wouldn't mind if the regular season began a week from Sunday.

The Jacksonville Jaguars, on the other hand, need all the time they can get before playing games that really count.

Joe Flacco passed for 266 yards and two touchdowns, and Baltimore received a strong performance from its defense in a 48-17 rout Thursday night.

Coming off a 27-12 defeat against the Detroit Lions, the Ravens were focused on scoring touchdowns instead of field goals and rectifying a defensive unit that was scorched for 507 yards.

They accomplished both goals with a solid showing against the previously unbeaten Jaguars.

"We're putting it all together now," Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb said.

Same with the offense. Flacco completed 27 of 36 passes before leaving early in the third quarter. Most important, he put two touchdowns on the board instead of settling for field goals.

"If this was a regular-season game, we would have come out (feeling) pretty good about it," he said.

The Jaguars had very few feel-good moments in a humbling defeat that came on the heels of wins over the New York Giants and New Orleans.

"How we respond from this will be the test of this football team," coach Mike Mularkey said. "It's like being punched in the mouth. In all three phases, we just didn't give ourselves a chance to compete the way we did in the first two games."

Baltimore amassed 571 yards in total offense and had five drives of at least 80 yards. The 48 points were the most ever scored by the Ravens in a preseason game.

With support from a defense that kept Jacksonville quarterback Blaine Gabbert in check, the Ravens (No. 5 in the AP Pro32) built a 20-3 lead before Flacco took a seat.

Gabbert went 11 for 21 for 117 yards over three quarters, and Rashad Jennings, starting in place of holdout Maurice Jones-Drew, gained 57 yards on 13 carries.

"I'm not pleased at all in my game tonight. I left a lot of yards out on the football field," Jennings said.

Jennings wasn't the only Jacksonville player to express disappointment after the blowout.

"Maybe that is what we needed, to have that bad a feeling, even in a preseason game," Mularkey said. "This is why we play exhibition games. This will be a true test of this team to see how we bounce back from this. I am anxious to see how this team responds after getting pounded like we did. In all three phases, we didn't do the things we needed to do."

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