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3 brief takeaways from the NY Jets' Week 1 loss to the Ravens

Craig Epstein
NY Jets, Joe Flacco
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It was a rough day at MetLife Stadium as the NY Jets dropped their season-opener to the Baltimore Ravens 24-9. The takeaways from the game weren't overwhelmingly positive.

The NY Jets offense lays an egg

Despite finishing with 104 more yards than the Ravens, there was nothing the Jets can hang their hat on offensively in this game. Outside of a garbage time touchdown, Gang Green had a tough time getting anything going to the point where the boo birds started flying and the fans chanted for backup quarterback Mike White.

“It’s obviously a punch in the face to come out and lose a football game,” Joe Flacco said. “We just never really got into a rhythm.”

Flacco went 37-for-59 for 307 yards, a touchdown, and an interception but was marred with bad drops and subpar pass protection. While Flacco might not be a fan favorite right now, if the Jets’ offense doesn’t patch things up going forward, it won't matter who is taking snaps under center.

Second-half struggles for the NY Jets

Although the Jets struggled offensively, their defense kept them in the game to the point where they were down 10-3 going into the half. However, the second half is where things started to fall apart for defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich’s unit.

“We can't base everything that we've done just off one game,” C.J. Mosley said. “We believe what we have here is special.”

Not only did the Ravens extend their lead to 17-3 following Devin Duvernay’s second touchdown catch, but Lamar Jackson was able to hit Rashod Bateman on a 55-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter to put the nail in the coffin.

Same old Jets?

While it is just one game, it is hard not to look at this performance and think of those three dreaded words: “same old Jets.”

Whether it was the offense sputtering or the defense not being able to put together four good quarters, the image of fans in green leaving MetLife Stadium early is becoming all too familiar for a regime looking to take the next step.

“You're not gonna beat a veteran team when you're not capitalizing on the momentum that you gain,” head coach Robert Saleh said. “From dropped passes to being loose with the football to missed kicks, this is a game in my opinion that we absolutely lost.”

At the end of the day, if one was to say the Jets would be able to hold Lamar Jackson to 17 yards rushing many would figure Gang Green would at least be able to hang until the fourth quarter.

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However, that was not the case as the Jets moved to 0-13 in September dating back to 2018.

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