It was a sloppy game to say the least as the Baltimore Ravens came out on top against the New York Jets. From the very beginning it was the Ravens defense doing most of the work on the field as they started off by returning a Mark Sanchez fumble for a touchdown on the Jets very first possession.
From that moment on, the Ravens never looked back as they continued to slowly but surely increase their lead. As I said before, the Ravens defense excelled against the Jets offense as they applied an ample amount of pressure on Mark Sanchez and were able to stop the run after Shonn Greene or LaDainian Tomlinson would gain 1-2 yards. Not only did they get a great amount of pressure on Sanchez and company, they were able to force four turnovers, three of which they returned for touchdowns.
As for the Jets, the play of their offensive line doomed them from the start. All of the turnovers the Jets gave up came from the offensive line's inability to account for the heavy pressure the Ravens were going to apply. It started with Ed Reed's sack in the first quarter, continued with Haloti Ngata's sack in the second quarter and continued throughout the rest of the game with players like Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs taking shots at Mark Sanchez. For the Jets offense, the loss of Nick Mangold was too big of a loss to overcome as they could not get anything done, add in the turnovers and that is why they lost 34-17 on Sunday night.
For both teams, they will need to work on their offense as they continue their seasons. Neither unit did a good job of protecting the ball, allowing the opponents defense to score several times (especially the Jets). For the Jets, making these improvements will be harder to do as they will limp onto Foxborough to take on their division rivals the New England Patriots. Meanwhile the Ravens will have some more time to improve as they will have an early bye week. Once again, the final score of Sunday night's game was 34-17 with the Baltimore Ravens as the victors.