Jets must figure out a way to stop Ravens Rice

By Marc A. Greenberg

The Oakland Raiders manhandling of the New York Jets hurt the team’s defense in another way; The Jets run defense dropped from No. 9 to No. 31. Gang Green’s yards per carry allowed jumped from 3.3 to 4.8.

“Anybody that thinks that…there’s 30 teams better than us at stopping the run, I would call you a little bit foolish,” linebacker Bart Scott said. “The week before we were (ninth). So which are we…(ninth) or the 31st? It’s up to us to prove which one we are.”

Expect some more running this week when the Jets visit the Baltimore Ravens and Ray Rice.   The Ravens’ runing game has provided 5.18 yards per carry (fifth-best in the league).

“There’s no better wake-up call than to look at the schedule,” said Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. “We tell our guys, ‘If you can’t get ready for this one, then you’re sitting in the wrong room.’

So do the Jets think the Ravens will copy the Raiders running scheme that produced 171 yards and 2 TDs for Darren McFadden?

“It’s a copycat league,” Scott said. “I’m sure teams will try to test our edges again. We just have to make sure that we put it on film that our edges are corrected and then we won’t see it anymore.”