Well folks, we’re almost there. Enough of the talk. Time to walk the walk. Which Jets team will we see on Monday? Will it be the Jets team that ended the season against the Colts, or the Jets team we have witnessed this preseason?
Expect a hybrid of the two. Yes, Mark Sanchez is still a work in progress. Yes, the Ravens will come out flying and blitzing. The goal for Sanchez and the Jets offense, however, is to hope for blitzing. That’s right. Hope for blitzing, and then exploit the injured, young Ravens secondary. LT will be used often on Monday and should have an impact as well as Dustin Keller. The loss of Santonio Holmes will hurt, but this game will be all about blocking. Stop the Ravens front 7 and the Jets will win.
Here we go with the Keys to Success:
1. Offensive Line. The Jets line, and FBs, need to protect Sanchez and open up holes for Shonn Greene and LT. Contain the blitzes, throw quick passes and the Jets will take advantage of the Ravens poor secondary.
2. Ray Rice. Probably a top 10 player in the NFL right now, the Jets will have their hands full with Rice. The Jets will disrupt Joe Flacco all night so Ray Rice will get plenty of chances here. The Jets need to tackle and contain Rice or else they’ll be looking at 100 yds on the ground and 70 yds in the air for Rice.
3. Nick Folk. We listed Folk as the Number 1 Key to the Season earlier, and it’s no different here. The Jets will need all the points they can get. Folk needs to be effective.
Prediction: The Jets will force a few extra turnovers than the Ravens and give the hometown crowd a defensive gift.