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Ravens' Koch Deserves Game Ball

When you lose a game in the way the Baltimore Ravens did in their 12-7 loss on Monday Night Football to the Jacksonville Jaguars, it's really hard to hand out a game ball to anyone after that debacle. The Ravens had the league's stingiest defense in terms of points-allowed and they actually gave up less than their season average (14 ppg) last night, but it was still more than the offense could score.

Linebacker Terrell Suggs had a solid game, with five tackles, two of them for losses. He also had a sack and two QB hits, constantly chasing down Jaguars rookie QB Blaine Gabbert. However, Jacksonville RB Maurice Jones-Drew still managed to finish with over 100 yards rushing against the Ravens defense, despite three fumbles.

Therefore, when you look at the team's final stats, the only performance that stands out as positive was the Ravens best weapon of the night, punter Sam Koch. Koch lined up to punt an astounding nine times, and with  52.2 average, kept the Ravens in the game, although he was usually booming those punts from deep in his own territory instead of pinning the Jaguars deep inside their own.

On a night without an offensive, much less a defensive star of the game, it stands to reason that the best the team could muster for the Samsung 'Game Ball of the Week' is punter Sam Koch. Congratulations Sam,....we think?