New York Jets @ Baltimore Ravens: Flacco can steer his team to another win

Joe Flacco has the smarts to lead Baltimore past a poor Jets side

The Jets are a poor side and, while Baltimore aren't going to defend their Superbowl crown, they should have far too much for their visitors in Sunday's early televised game 

"The reigning Superbowl champions will no-doubt relinquish their title this year. But their hopes of retaining it won’t be ended by a team as weak as the Jets. Back Baltimore to keep their season alive for another week at least."

New York Jets @ Baltimore Ravens
Start Time: Sunday, 18:00
TV: Live on Sky Sports 3

  
This season is in danger of turning into a dud for both the (4-6) Ravens and the (5-5) Jets and I suspect the game we're about to see will be just as disappointing as both teams seasons to date.
 
In theory, the Jets could still make the play-offs, with their wildcard hopes boosted by the abundance of losing records across the AFC divisions. But if they do make it, they will surely be one of the most disappointing teams ever to make the postseason. Last week the Green Gang were mauled 37-14 in Buffalo, prompting their right guard Willie Colon to express his incredulity at losing to "the ****ing Buffalo Bills!". 
 
Colon's comment, rather appropriately though, seemed to be a case of him talking out of his rear end, because his team's performances simply don't back-up that kind that kind of bravado. For starters, the Jets have the 29th worst pass-offence, from 32, in the NFL, and the 22nd worst pass-defense. Their match-up against the porous secondary of the Bills last week, should have been a rare opportunity to make hay for rookie QB Geno Smith. Instead, it was a disaster, with Smith completing just eight of 23 passes for 103 yards, and producing a devastating four turnovers. One can only imagine that the Ravens' 11th-ranked secondary will be as giddy as children on Christmas Eve at the thought of what gifts Smith might be bringing to Baltimore this Sunday. 
 
The Jets will look to rely on their running game, that was so effective in their victory over New Orleans a couple of weeks back. But against the strong defensive line of the Bills, things didn't go according to plan. Indeed, the Jets' eighth-ranked running game might not be half as good as everybody thinks it is. Note that only twice have the Jets taken on a top-ten rated run-defense. And on both occasions they hit a brick wall, with their top rusher gaining a pathetic 29 yards at home to Tampa Bay, and an equally miserable 35 yards against Cincinnati. Those two teams ranked ninth and tenth in the league at stopping the run. So that bodes extremely well for the 11th ranked Baltimore Ravens, who look capable of shooting down the NY offense before it's barely left the runway. 
 
If New York are to find the end-zone in this game, then it might be down to their quarterback to do it himself. Smith is no RGIII when it comes to scrambling from the pocket, but he has shown himself to be a threat in the Red Zone. With three TDs for himself already this season, he might well go for glory once again, should his running backs, as expected, prove ineffective. The more likely scenario though, is that Smith will have another stinker. With eight fumbles and 16 interceptions already to his discredit, his chances of success look about as good as those of a condemned man being walked to the gallows.
 
Baltimore hopes would appear to lie in the hands of QB Joe Flacco. After all, their top running back, Ray Rice, is having his worst season ever, and now goes up against the NFL's top-ranked run-defense, that has yet to concede a hundred yards to an opposition RB this season.

The Jets though, have been vulnerable to the pass. Remember Marvin Jones' four TD performance that came out of nowhere a few weeks back? Yep, that was against the Jets. Flacco is a Superbowl-winning QB who knows how to make the right choices under pressure. He might not pick-up the big yardage plays, but he is able to keep the chains moving with those small to medium games. Just look at what he did in Week Three against Houston and their number one rated pass-defence, when he threw for just 171 yards, but completed a healthy 66 percent of passes, to help Baltimore to a resounding 30-9 victory. I'm expecting more of the same here. 
 
The reigning Superbowl champions will no-doubt relinquish their title this year. But their hopes of retaining it won't be ended by a team as weak as the Jets. Back Baltimore to keep their season alive for another week at least.
 
 
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