New York Jets

New York Jets Looked Like the New York Mets in Week 1 Loss To Ravens

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets throws a pass against the Baltimore Ravens during their home opener at the New Meadowlands Stadium on September 13, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Mike StainkampContributor ISeptember 15, 2010

While on Twitter during the Jets-Ravens Monday Night Football matchup in Week 1, I read a tweet by NYSportzNut. He stated, "The Jets defense reminds me of the Mets pitching staff this year. Unfortunately, their offense reminds me of the Mets also."

For the New York sports fans out there, you have to admit the Jets did look like the Mets last night: A few, big-name players who are supposed to produce in pressure situations, but didn't. The Jets offense has been an issue throughout the preseason and continues to be an issue that Rex Ryan needs to address in the coming weeks, especially if they want to back up the Super Bowl talk.

Kris Jenkins tore his left ACL just six plays into the season after missing the final 10 games of the 2009-10 season with the same injury. Sounds to me like Carlos Beltran. After rushing to return last season, Beltran had offseason knee surgery and was out until after the All-Star break this season, still not earning the contract he signed six years ago.

Shonn Greene fumbled twice and LT couldn't get anything going against a stingy Ravens defense. To me, that sounds a lot like David Wright striking out 147 times so far this season, and the Mets hitting just .215 with the bases loaded this season.

The Jets head into Week 2 with a lot of pressure, even if no one wants to admit it, with all this talk of being the best defensive team in the league. Everyone says defense wins championships, but you still have to score more points than the other team to win games to get to that championship.

Granted, Darrelle Revis shut down the man in front of him, a lot like how Johan Santana turned in quality starts throughout the season, rookie Kyle Wilson was exploited by Joe Flacco, just like the Mets bullpen has been exploited since I can remember.

What Jets team will show up in Week 2 against the Patriots? The well-balanced team that has the talent to compete? Or the team that showed up in Week 1 with the offense deciding to stay in the locker room?

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