While the Jets were busy flexing for the HBO cameras on Hard Knocks, the Ravens made offseason acquisitions that have the experts talking “Superbowl”. But with Darrelle Revis back on his island, Rex Ryan will love nothing more than to open the season with a win over his former team on Monday Night Football.

Ravens on Offense

The offseason signings of Anquan Boldin, Dante Stallworth, and most recently acquired T.J. Houshmanzadeh, will make the Ravens a more balanced team. These guys add depth and veteran leadership to Joe Flacco’s receiving corps, and all 3 will help him build on his confidence of making the playoffs in his first 2 seasons. Now that Revis is all-in for Monday  ufabet ติดต่อ night, the Jets might use him to shut down a guy like Anquan Boldin. This leaves Antonio Cromartie and the rest of the secondary a lot of room to work with, whether it’s blitzing Flacco and/or helping Revis in coverage (even the “Messiah” could be a tad rusty after a 36-day holdout).

This is where Baltimore’s bread-n-butter comes in: not Maryland crab cakes… New Rochelle’s very own, Ray Rice. With over 2,000 yards from scrimmage in his sophomore season, Rice proved to Coach John Harbaugh that his 5’8” 212-lb frame could carry the bulk of the offense. Not only is he a handful because of his quickness and elusiveness, but his receiving skills are a threat to any defense, including the Jets.

Flacco will look for Rice to bail him out of tough situations on Monday night, and it’ll be up to the Jets’ linebackers to stop big gains from happening. OLB Calvin Pace’s absence doesn’t help New York’s cause.

Jets on Offense

With Baltimore’s secondary somewhat slim (i.e. Ed Reed out 6 weeks), expect the Jets to throw slightly more than usual. Mark Sanchez is earning the coaching staff’s trust (despite the tasteless pranks), and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer will want to catch the Ravens off-guard every now and again. Santonio Holmes will be out of commission, but Braylon Edwards has some big-play ability if he keeps his drops to a minimum. Maybe he can motivate himself by vowing to shave his beard if he reaches the end zone. In all seriousness though, New York’s success is dictated by their offensive line. It starts with C Nick Mangold, whose chemistry with Mark Sanchez can lead to far less miscues, sacks, fumbles etc. The Ravens will test the Jets with their defensive schemes, and it’ll be up to Mangold to bring Sanchez up to cue before the snap. The O-line’s presence will be felt in the running game as well. It looks like Shonn Greene will grind it out for the majority of the carries, but LT’s presence will be crucial during 3rd down and red zone situations. This backfield faces a huge challenge on opening night against the Ravens, whose rush defense is as tough as they come.

The New Meadowlands Stadium is a place you’ll want to be at come Monday night. Both teams have the defense and rushing

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