The trash-talking started before the game and continued throughout in New York Monday night. The Jets allowed Baltimore five first downs on penalties to trail at the half 7-6.
This game had all the hype of a heavyweight title fight — and it delivered. Linebacker Ray Lewis brought his army and was ready to smash the over-hyped New York Jets.
Rookie cornerback Kyle Wilson of the Jets will have nightmares following his first NFL gig. Wilson was abused by the Ravens’ receivers all night. In fact, a pass interference called against him in the end zone is what ultimately led to the Jets’ demise.
Newly acquired Antonio Cromartie will most likely have nightmares as well, given his lackluster Big Apple debut. Cromartie was called for pass interference and holding but did get an acrobatic interception, but a Shonne Greene fumble lost momentum for the Jets.
The Ravens were down 6-0 early, but they truly dominated the game. The Ravens came up with the big play when they needed it — they also owe the Jets a thank you for all those first downs and penalties.
Baltimore converted 11-of-19 third down conversions to the Jets’ 1-of-10. The Jets could only muster six first downs (just as many as they GAVE the Ravens), tied for fewest in franchise history. New York also only had 60 passing yards and barely had a hundred total yards at the end of the third quarter!
With 7:07 left in the third quarter, Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff would make it 10-6 after Joe Flacco connected with Anquan Boldin for thirty-nine and twenty-six yards. Later in the fourth, the Jets would tack on three more, but all efforts proved futile at this point.
Quarterback Mark Sanchez must have been scared because he would not let any plays develop down field. He was constantly checking down to his running backs and tight ends. Running back Shonne Greene was a disappointment as well. Greene had a fumble, a couple dropped passes, and just 18 yards on five carries. Tomlinson added 62 on eleven carries, but was also mostly ineffective.
The Jets didn’t look like what most people thought they were heading into the 2010 season. Fourteen penalties costing a 125 yards hardly seems like something a Super Bowl contender would do.
Maybe head coach Rex Ryan and his team should keep their mouths shut and get some practice in before New England comes to town in week two. A 0-2 start would be hard to overcome from a team that finished a very lucky 9-7 last year.