After watching the New York Jets this preseason, last night's outcome did not come as that much of a shock. The Baltimore Ravens outlasted the Jets to take home a 10-9 victory during last night's Monday Night Football double header on ESPN.
Ray Lewis and the rest of the Ravens defense looked as good as ever. Joe Flacco continued to make progress as an NFL quarterback, as he stood in the pocket while Rex Ryan blitzed every available Jet defender on almost every single down.
Mark Sanchez and the Jets offense looked just like they did on HBO's Hard Knocks and during their entire preseason. The Jet offense simply cannot produce first downs let alone touchdowns.
Sanchez appears to be checking down to his underneath receivers no matter the pressure or situation. Jet running back, Shonn Greene is going to make fans miss departed tailback Thomas Jones. Two fumbles and offensive miscues in the passing game is not the way Greene wants to start his 2010 season.
Ladainian Thomlinson appeared quick and fleet-footed, but failed to be the grinder that Thomas Jones was last season.
The Jets defense looked as good as advertised and it was advertised constantly this off season. Even with the injury to defensive lineman, Kris Jenkins the Jets continued to pressure Flacco and the entire Ravens offense.
Offensive Coordinator for the Jets, Brian Schottenheimer and Sanchez appeared to be at odds as the game progressed. Jet fans would have loved to see more "Marty-Ball" as Brian's dad was known for running the ball constantly during his coaching career. The Jets just couldn't control the offensive line of scrimmage.
Whether or not Sanchez was told to check down to his underneath receivers is unclear. Sanchez appeared to rush some throws on screen plays without letting the play fully develop down field. Sanchez rarely tested the Ravens secondary which was missing star safety, Ed Reed.
Where does this leave the Jets? It is only one loss in a long and grueling NFL season, but the fact that the offense has struggled for weeks does not bode well for Rex Ryan and his second year "franchise" quarterback.
Side Note: Next up for the New York Jets....The New England Patriots fresh off their dominate win over the Cincinnati Bengals.