As reported by Brian Costello of the New York Post, the Jets will play host to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1. The Jets will start their season at home on the anniversary of 9/11, although it won't come against an easy opponent.
Despite a disappointing 8-9 finish last season, the Ravens are one of the toughest teams the Jets will play all year. Led by former MVP Lamar Jackson, the Ravens boast a potent rushing attack and an uber-talented defense.
Zach Wilson and this new-look Jets squad won't have it easy in Week 1. But this does present a golden opportunity to make a statement early in the year.
The NY Jets face a difficult challenge against the Ravens in Week 1
The Ravens pose a unique challenge for any NFL team, but the Jets might have it worse than others. Baltimore's strengths perfectly align with the weakest parts of the Jets roster.
While the Ravens have one of the best rushing attacks in the NFL (when healthy), the Jets' run defense is a significant cause for concern entering the 2022 season. The Jets are set up well to defend the pass — that's where the strength of their defense lies.
Meanwhile, the Ravens also return a run defense that ranked first in the NFL last season and now play host to arguably the best secondary in the NFL. The likes of Marlon Humphrey, Marcus Peters, Marcus Williams, Kyle Hamilton, and Chuck Clark could make life very difficult for Zach Wilson and company.
This isn't to say that the Jets don't have a potential upset in them. If they could win the battle of the trenches — a feat that's absolutely within reason — the Jets could pull off a stunner.
This is a chance for the Jets to make a statement. To announce their arrival onto the NFL landscape. Bring on the Ravens in Week 1.