Monday, September 13, 2010
Halftime observations from Ravens at Jets
By Tim Graham
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A few observations and updates from the first half of Monday night's game at the New Meadowlands, where the Baltimore Ravens lead the New York Jets 7-6:
- The Jets survived losing Kris Jenkins after six games last year, but that doesn't mean they can shake off a prolonged absence because of another knee injury on the second Ravens possession. Jenkins is one of the best nose tackles. When healthy, he might be unsurpassed. If the injury is a season-ender, then you have to wonder if he might call it a career. Jenkins contemplated retirement before returning from last year's knee injury.
- The Jets have been undisciplined, committing 10 penalties for 100 yards. Those flags gave the Ravens five of their 12 first downs.
- The Jets have allowed more penalty yards than they’ve gained. They have 84 yards of total offense.
- New York's defense generally was impressive. On Baltimore's opening play, Shaun Ellis and Bryan Thomas waylaid Joe Flacco with a collision sandwich that you'll see on highlight packages all year. Flacco fumbled, the first of three Baltimore turnovers before halftime.
- Antonio Cromartie will be high risk/high reward this year. The Ravens showed Darrelle Revis a healthy dose of respect and targeted Cromartie with success for much of the first half. He gave up big receptions and committed two penalties (holding and pass interference). But Cromartie made a spectacular interception near the end zone and dashed off on a 66-yard return to flip the field.
- A big problem for the Jets was their third-down defense. The Ravens converted six of eight third downs. The Jets led the NFL last year by allowing offenses to convert only 32 percent of their first downs.
- Braylon Edwards committed two costly penalties in the second quarter. He was called for illegal motion to wipe out a gorgeous 33-yard strike from Mark Sanchez to Dustin Keller at the Baltimore 4-yard line. Edwards later ran into kicker Billy Cundiff on a 46-yard field goal to give Baltimore a first down. Baltimore eventually scored its only touchdown on the extended drive.