Ever since coach Ryan arrived in New York, it seems that the schedule makers have fun with this matchup. Has there been a year in Rex’s reign that the Jets haven’t taken on Rex’s former team? Every time we turn around, it seems like the Jets are taking on the Ravens, and this year is no different.
But, this is not the same Ravens team we have faced in the past. This is a beatable Ravens team. The record is 4-6, and they have only won one game in the last five. This is not a world-beating team, despite being the defending Super Bowl champs.
Ray Lewis is no longer there, the defense is not the same. They give up an average of over 21 points per game, which is not what we are used to out of the Ravens’ defense. They have been very middle of the road.
On offense, you could say the same thing. Ray Rice has not been himself all season. He is only average three yards per carry in 2013, on 140 rushing attempts. Three yards per carry is well below Ray’s career average of 4.4 yards per carry. They just haven’t been able to get him rolling all year so far.
My point, as we take an early look at this game, is that there is no need to be intimidated by the Ravens. Yes, they won the Super Bowl last year. They have had a great run, but the team isn’t what it was. Rex cannot get let them get caught up in playing the “Ravens”. They are just another opponent, and they are a beatable one.
Then again, so were the Bills, so it remains to be seen how they are going to look against the Jets on Sunday.