Monday, September 13, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Ravens 10, Jets 9
By James Walker
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -- Here are thoughts on the Baltimore Ravens' victory over the New York Jets:
What it means: The Ravens picked up a huge road victory against another AFC contender. It's just one game. But considering the hype and trash talk -- most of it coming from the Jets -- it was a nice statement for Baltimore to start its 2010 season.
What I liked: As usual, Baltimore's defense carried the Ravens for four quarters. Despite turnovers by the offense and bad field position, the Ravens kept the Jets out of the end zone and that made the difference. New York quarterback Mark Sanchez looked confused by the Ravens all night, and Baltimore's front seven was stout against the run.
What I didn't like: Baltimore's much-hyped and new-look offense failed to score many points in its 2010 debut. Yes, the Ravens were playing against last year's No. 1 defense. But -- for the most part -- sloppy play, penalties and poor execution kept the Ravens' offense grounded. There were some flashes, such as a stellar debut by new Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin (seven catches, 110 yards). But there is plenty of room for growth for this talented unit.
Injuries of note: There were no major injuries in the game for Baltimore. But starting cornerback Lardarius Webb, who had offseason knee surgery, practiced all week and didn’t play Monday. He could be a possibility for next week and would be a nice addition to Baltimore’s secondary.
What's next: The Ravens' win takes some of the pressure off next week, when they have their first division game of the season against the Cincinnati Bengals. The defending AFC North champion Bengals will be trying to avoid an 0-2 start after losing to the New England Patriots. Cincinnati swept the division in 2009, and, lately, has had Baltimore's number when Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer is healthy.