Jets Fans United: First Game of the Season -Ravens Game Preview Week 1

September 9, 2022

A collaboration of Jets Joint writers previewing the week one match up with the Baltimore Ravens. What the team needs to do to come away with a victory. Who do you have? We break down keys to victory and predict who has the advantage this Sunday.

Jets game plan

Simply stop Lamar Jackson and protect the seam against Mark Andrews. Containing the pocket while not allowing miss assignments where Lamar can step up in the pocket and either throw it down the seam to his favorite target in tight end Mark Andrews is one way he can hurt the Jets defense. The main concern is Jackson’s affinity to tuck and run, most of the Ravens game plan has designed runs for Lamar.

Jordan Whitehead’s contribution in the game plan will be key for the Jets week one. How head coach and defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich create the game plan will determine how the team will attack this power run first pass offense. Expectations start from the front

On offense the New York will need to utilize the run game towards the outside to tire out the big men up front for Baltimore. If they can get quick passes either screens or swing passes into the flat the team will have a better chance of opening the field to create opportunities for broken plays on the Ravens defense.

Ravens game plan

Simple game plan by Baltimore get the offense spread out to allow Lamar space to make plays with his legs while utilizing the seam to and flat to get his bit targets the ball in space. Ravens head coach will continue what they have been successfully doing for the past few years just because no one has consistently been able to stop it.

On defense the Ravens will try to control the line of scrimmage forcing the Jets to have to pickup the extra rushers leaving the quarterback in this case Joe Flacco little to no time to go through his progressions.

Previews New York vs Baltimore

The New York Jets are trying to prove they’re not losers anymore. The Ravens are trying to prove they remain Super Bowl contenders. Jets quarterback Joe Flacco, who will start in place of an injured Zach Wilson, might have a revenge game in mind, but will that be enough to propel an upset?

Ravens defense always known for their defensive front will they be able to continue in the trenches domination, especially with rookie Max Mitchell starting at right tackle with newly signed left tackle Duane Brown listed as out for the game.

Everyone knows the Ravens game plan which relies on Lamar Jackson. The difference is how well improved is this Jets defense in year two with Robert Saleh & Jeff Ulbrich.

This New York defense getting no love, nor should they. They are a young unproven group that has a big margin for error while trying to develop into a fearsome group. The main question has this pass rush improved while continuing to stifle the run and the biggest test is the best rushing quarterback in the league.

Matchup to Watch: Sauce vs Bateman

Jets CB Sauce Gardner USA Today
Sauce Gardner Looking to continue dominant play
Courtesy USA Today

There might not be a more fun matchup between young playmakers around the NFL. Bateman had a quiet rookie season while dealing with an injury, but it is clear the Ravens expect a major breakout in year two, partly because their wide-receiver room is devoid of top talent aside from him. New York selected Sauce Gardner, the No. 4 overall pick in this year’s draft, gets a chance to show why the Jets believed in him.

Ravens at Jets odds, over/under

Spread: Baltimore Ravens (-7.5)
Moneyline: Balt. (-340); NYJ (+270)
Over/under: 44.5

Predictions

Sunday’s game against the Ravens, here are a few quick hit ‘Keys-To-The-Game’ that should ensure the Jets pull off a surprise win in week one.

Coffee ‘n’ Jets – Andy Hanson

The Baltimore Ravens are the better and more experienced team. New York have young players who haven’t reached their potential yet. The reality is the Jets are going to need the ball to bounce their way. They will need to win the turnover battle. Pressure on Lamar Jackson will help, but still doesn’t address Baltimore’s running game or quick passes to Andrews. It will be difficult for the Jets to find a path to victory. But if Baltimore takes them to lightly, an upset is far from impossible.

Jets Chaos – Jeremy Krevat

The New York Jets are going into this season with the most talented roster they’ve been able to come up with in over a decade. GM Joe Douglas has meticulously spent the last 2 years building this roster to what it is now. After years of being uncompetitive and just waiting for the draft to happen, this is the year that all of that changes this week vs the Ravens. We need to go out week 1 and show the world that this isn’t the same old Jets. With the Ravens having a week offensive line, aging defensive line, new DC, and a almost new look DB room. There are more than enough things for the New York Jets to take advantage of to win this game. I expect us to come out hot week one and Win. NYJ 27 – Ravens 24.

Talking Jets – Thiago Rodrigues