TV Schedule: Sunday, Nov. 24, 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: M&T Bank Stadium
Weather: High 39, Low 25
Line: Baltimore (-4)
Entering the 2013 season, no one believed in the New York Jets, and rightfully so. They lost their starting quarterback, Mark Sanchez, to an injury and they were forced to start a rookie quarterback. Geno Smith has been solid, however, leading the Jets to an improbable 5-5 record and a second place standing in the AFC East. Smith has passed for 2,100 yards and eight touchdowns on the year as no real favorite target has emerged in the receiving corps. Bilal Powell leads the eighth-ranked rushing attack with 441 yards and a touchdown on the year.
After winning the Super Bowl in 2012, the Baltimore Ravens were expected to contend for another one in 2013, but that hasn’t been the case thus far as the Ravens are just 4-6 on the season through 10 games. Joe Flacco hasn’t been as good as his hefty contract says he is as he has passed for 2,469 yards and just 13 touchdowns on the year, connecting with Torrey Smith 46 times for 785 yards and three touchdowns. Dallas Clark is the next leading receiver with just 27 catches for 311 yards and three scores. Ray Rice has struggled in the run game this season, rushing for just 420 yards and four touchdowns on 3.0 yards per carry.
Defensively, the Ravens are not the same unit they were a season ago. Although they rank 13th in total yards allowed and passing yards allowed, the defense has struggled a bit at time — but has since made a comeback to prominence. The Jets rank eighth in total yards allowed as well as first in rushing yards allowed per game. However, the secondary has not been very successful, ranking 23rd in the league in passing yards allowed per game.
PREDICTION: Jets 24, Ravens 31