(CBS) - It's a strange quirk of the NFL Sunday schedule that we get a barrage of simultaneous games during the day but only one at night. Jets fans probably wish there was another game to turn to Sunday night, because their 34-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens was one of the ugliest games of the year.
Quarterback Mark Sanchez turned the ball over five times, which the Ravens converted into 24 points. And it only got worse from there.
Sanchez completed just 11 of 35 passes (31.4-percent) and finished the game with an underwhelming 30.5 quarterback rating.
Not that his counterpart fared much better. Ravens QB Joe Flacco, who apparently wanted in on the turnover fun, fumbled the ball and threw an interception as well. Combined, the two quarterbacks went 21 for 66 passes on the night. Fans could be forgiven for thinking that Flacco just wanted to get Baltimore's defense back on the field as quickly as possible.
Of 51 total points, only one touchdown was scored by an offensive play. The game itself was pretty offensive, in a different sense of the word.
As CBSSports.com's Clark Judge wrote, "The New York Jets aren't just losing games. They're losing their identity."
Rex Ryan put it simply after the game: "We got it handed to us."
The Jets started this year wanting Sanchez to be a bigger part of the offense. Considering the team only managed 38 total yards on the ground in Baltimore, it's easy to see why. But the suffocating Ravens defense manhandled New York's offensive line, pressuring Sanchez into poor throws and turnovers as well as two sacks.
"We wanted to get him to try and beat us in this game," Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata said. "Once we knew they were going to start passing, we just pinned our ears back and tried to get to him as fast as we could. I think we rattled him and got him off his mark."
"Rattled" is an understatement. Neither offense found a rhythm and the game was more or less decided by Baltimore's three defensive touchdowns. At 2-2, the Jets need to lick their wounds and figure out how to move forward. Also, they should probably apologize to any fans who struggled to watch the whole game.