The New York Jets have been the most hyped team in the league heading into the 2010 NFL gambling action and fans have gotten a no-holds barred look behind the scenes of the this team thanks to HBO’s popular football documentary series Hard Knocks. Some fans love it and some fans hate it, but there’s no denying that this Jets team is talented and one of the early AFC favorites for the postseason
But as the season kicks off on Monday Night no one is quite sure how good this team really is despite adding talent in the offseason on both sides of the ball. The team brought in two possible future halls of famers (DE Jason Taylor and RB LaDanian Tomlinson) as well as Pro Bowl WR Santonio Holmes and they will make this team better.
However, there are doubts about this team’s ability to score is what keeps fans and football observers scratching their heads.
Second year QB Mark Sanchez will be looking to avoid a sophomore slump and try and improve upon a rookie season that was, at best, pretty bad. Sanchez finished the season with a 63.0 passer rating and threw for just 2,444 yards with 12 TDs and 20 INTs. Those are not the stats of QB that’s going to lead a team to the promise land.
New York added WR Santonio Holmes to the roster and he should be big help in the passing game. Unfortunately, he’s suspended for the first four games of the season and won’t be of much help to the Jets against a ferocious Ravens defense.
The Jets are a stout defense in their own right, the best in 2009 in fact (14.8 points per game), and should give the Ravens plenty of problems. CB Derrel Revis is back in action and will make passing difficult for Baltimore QB Joe Flacco, and Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan knows more about the Raven’s weaknesses on defense than anyone on the planet after building the unit during his stint as the team’s defensive coordinator.
Still, too many questions about the Jets ability to score remain and the Ravens should win this matchup.