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NY Jets vs. Baltimore Ravens: 3 key matchups to watch for in Week 1

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2. NY Jets RT Max Mitchell vs. Ravens DE Calais Campbell

From one Jets rookie making his first NFL start to another. Except in the case of Max Mitchell, the disparity in experience is extremely different. The 22-year-old fourth-round rookie out of Louisiana will be matched up almost exclusively against one of the NFL's best veteran players for over a decade.

The 36-year-old Calais Campbell is a six-time Pro Bowler with 93.5 career sacks. The Jets will give Mitchell all the help he can get, and he will need it.

In the NFL, there's no such thing as hiding a weakness. Well-coached teams will exploit it if you have one. You see it all the time in games where inexperienced cornerbacks or offensive linemen are taken advantage of. Any major matchup flaw in your lineup can disrupt an entire unit.

The Ravens will test Max Mitchell with more than just Campbell. Baltimore will blitz frequently and try to confuse Mitchell in his first-ever NFL game, and each of the Ravens' edge rushers might get a turn testing the Cajun rookie one-on-one. It won't be just the grizzled veteran. 

But Calais Campbell has to be licking his chops. He's made it this long in the league because of his freakish ability. Welcome to the NFL moments await Mr. Mitchell. The Jets might have something if he can pass his first stringent test.

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