This Sunday the 5-5 New York Jets will travel to play the 4-6 Baltimore Ravens. For the Ravens they need a win to stay in the wild card race — a loss all but puts the steak in their hearts. For the Jets a win would strengthen their current wild card standings and keep them in the mix for the AFC East crown.
I see this game going one of two ways. The first being almost exactly like these two team’s regular season game in 2010. It was the opening Monday night game in New Jersey, and it was a defensive slugfest. The difference of the game was a pass interference penalty late in the first half which put the Ravens inside the five-yard line. A few plays later they were able to bang it in for the game’s only touchdown and won 10-9. With Joe Flacco and Geno Smith both struggling points could be at a premium.
The second way I see this game going down is what I like to call a “Walking Dead” game. That’s when one team jumps out to a big lead and relaxes a little while the other team starts to come back. And it makes you sick because you could have just shot them in the head earlier and ended it all. I can see it now, the Ravens jump up on the Jets 24-3 with the home crowd rocking. All of a sudden a few three-and-outs and some horrible turnover gets the Jets right back in it. A struggling run game against the best run defense in the league will make it tough for the Ravens to run out clock when they have to. Darn these “Walking Dead” games. Speaking of the “Walking Dead”, is it just me or does Rex Ryan remind you of a more portly and less dangerous version of Merle Dixon?
Yes Ravens fans prepare yourselves to sweat it out at the end, but ultimately the defense will prevail. The Jets’ streak of trading wins and losses will be broken here, but it won’t be easy.
Ravens 24-Jets 17
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