All you bandwagon riders, don’t be so quick to jump ship, the New York Jets aren’t as bad as they appeared to be on Monday night. The Jets just happened to be playing a team that well looked like them. Keep in mind that the Ravens were once Rex Ryan’s defensive baby that grew up and matured like a fine wine.
Watching the Jets and the Ravens play was like playing Madden and both players choosing the same team. Flacco and Sanchez are both young and inexperienced so both teams lean on the ability to run. The Ravens have Ray Rice, a young running back who has just found himself and is beginning to come into his own. They also have an experienced veteran in Willis McGahee to pick up the slack when Rice gets tired. The Jets have a young runner themselves in Shonn Greene who is starting his first NFL games. The Jets also have an insurance policy in LaDainian Tomlinson who will pick up the team when Greene is unable to deliver.
The passing game of both teams limits the explosive receivers that both of them have. Weapons like Braylon Edwards, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Santonio Holmes, and Anquon Boldin will all have numbers that will be somewhat frustrating to elite receivers due to inexperienced quarterback play.
Even on defense these teams are so similar it’s eerie. The only difference between the two teams is the secondary. The Jets have an elite secondary headed by Darell Revis and the Ravens have an experienced secondary that is missing its leader Ed Reed. One thing is for sure, is that both of these teams will hit you. The front seven of both of these teams is as big and fast as any that the NFL has ever witnessed. Both are deep and both deliver.
In saying all of this, do I think the Jets will win the Super Bowl, the answer is NO. But What I do know is that they are better than they appeared to be on Monday night. No one has ever won the Super Bowl on opening weekend.
So, enjoy your gloating Jets haters and Jets fans throw your self into a massive hysteria of panic. Yet, try to remember that despite playing one of the worst offensive games in recent history, racking up a 125 penalty yards, and playing terrible third down defense, the Jets just lost by 1 point to one of the five best teams in the NFL. However, things don’t get any easier as you have to face the high octane Patriots this weekend.
So if your team lost in week one don’t panic. There are 16 more weeks of pain, injuries, highs, and lows to watch. So consider yourself lucky because you get to watch it all.