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In the first Monday night game of the season, the Baltimore Ravens take on the New York Jets.
Baltimore made it a point to upgrade this season and make a strong push for the Super Bowl. They have become my favorite to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl this season. They went out and traded for Anquan Boldin, picked up Donte Stallworth, and recently signed TJ Houshmandzadeh to bolster their receiving core.
Flacco has so many weapons to work with this season and I didn't even mention Ray Rice yet. Rice showed just how versatile he is last year, and is a threat not just running but catching the ball.
The Ravens are always known for one thing, and that's defense. As long as Ray Lewis is leading that defense, they will continue to be one of the best. The secondary might be a little shaky to start, but once Ed Reed comes back, they should shine.
The Jets come into this game also as a favorite to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.
For me, it all is in the hands of Mark Sanchez, and to be honest, I don't think he will succeed.
The Jets cut loose Thomas Jones, who for the last three seasons was a top back, and turn that role over to Shonn Greene, another guy who I don't think will show up.
The wideouts are up and down, and their best one might be Jericho Cotchery. Braylon Edwards has been nothing short of a disappointment since coming over from Cleveland.
The Jets defense should again be one of the best, but they will be without Calvin Pace for a few games. Revis finally returned, but his counterpart, Antonio Cromartie, might turn out to be a wash, as he is one of the worst tacklers I have ever seen. You could see Kyle Wilson, the rookie from Boise State, starting by season's end.
I'm going with the Ravens in this defensive game.
Final: Baltimore 20—NY Jets 14