New York Jets 2013 Season Preview: Baltimore Ravens Grounded in Week 12

By Jeremy Goldstein
Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

We all remember the profound storylines of this past year’s Super Bowl. We remember the tears in Ray Lewis‘ eyes and the grin on Joe Flacco‘s face. It was a great day in Baltimore Ravens history to say the least. The reason I bring up that emotional day is because I want to remember it clearly when the New York Jets defeat the Ravens in week 12.

Yes, you read that right. The New York Jets will beat the Super Bowl Champions.

I am extremely down on the Ravens this year to the point where I don’t even see them making the playoffs. A game like this will be why. Here are the factors:

Offensive Factor: Clyde Gates. Or as I like to call him, “Pearly Gates,” will be the key to this game. Breakout stars are a must for the rebuilding Jets. By week 12, Jeremy Kerley and Stephen Hill will be known to defenses. In the same way that Tampa Bay Buccaneers wideout Mike Williams proved to be viable in the latter half of the season, so too will Gates.

One slot receiver of merit is good. Two? Well, I smell a touchdown or two.

Defensive Factor: Haloti Ngata. Last year, I took to calling the core of Baltimore’s defense the “Purple Diamond,” as in Ngata up front, Terrell Suggs and Ray Lewis on the wings, and Ed Reed in the back. This season, it’ll be looking like a lop-sided spear.

As my colleague Evan Habeeb recently wrote, Ngata will be heading a defense that can now stop the run. But if he falters against the likes of Nick Mangold, then it could be a long day for the Purple and Black.

X-Factor: Dawan Landry. There’s no two ways about it: Joe Flacco has a propensity for the deep ball. He has proved it time and time again. And while Landry leans towards an offensive, hit-happy style, it will be his coverage in the secondary that stops the likes of Jacoby Jones and Torrey Smith.

I believe that if you put all these factors together, us Jets fans can be in for quite a ride, ending in a last-minute drive by Geno Smith to clinch the win.

Score: Jets — 21, Ravens — 17

Record at Week 12: 4-7

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