Can the Ravens get back in the win column for the first time in a month? RSR Staff predict Ravens-Jets here.
– Ravens throw for 300+ yards and 3 TD’s
– Dean Pees dusts off the Tyrod Taylor game plan and forces Geno Smith to commit 3 turnovers
– Ryan Fitzpatrick will be seen warming up on the sidelines
– Za’Darius Smith gets off the schneid with 2 sacks
– Ravens finish the day tied for first place in the AFCN
– Ravens QBs are sacked 4 times
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Prediction: Ravens 27, Jets 17
Mallett provides enough offense for the Ravens to avoid a four-game losing streak going into the bye week. He tosses two touchdowns while the defense provides a pick six courtesy of Zach Orr.
Ravens 24, Jets 20
With Joe Flacco’s status up in the air for Sunday, and an even more statuesque QB at backup in Ryan Mallett playing behind the Ravens’ porous and banged-up offensive line against a fierce Jets front, I think we’re in for yet another ugly one.
Geno Smith’s ineptitude gives the Ravens some short fields, which they can only turn into Justin Tucker field goals. It will be enough, but we’ll sweat out yet another fourth quarter, especially after Todd Bowles goes back to Ryan Fitzpatrick for the comeback attempt.
Ravens 16 Jets 9
Ryan Mallet will start Sunday. Could Joe Flacco start? Sure, but the Ravens won’t risk his health behind a makeshift offensive line, and would rather have a strong, healthy arm attacking the Jets cellar-dweller pass D who is giving up long pass plays at an alarming rate. Thinks OBJ vs Jimmy-less Ravens secondary on a weekly basis.
Flip the field and Geno Smith has the worst TD-INT ratio in the NFL since entering the league. The Ravens secondary will feast.
Expect a low scoring game reliant on field goals and field position more than anything else. Justin Tucker seals the deal with a 45-yarder inside the final 2 minutes. Add on a Webb pick as the cherry on top.
The Ravens need a reset; a break. They need momentum heading into their bye week, and the Jets present them the opportunity to achieve all of their goals.
Baltimore abandons the run again, but scrape by, mostly because of New York’s ineptitude: 16-13.
The Ravens are a really difficult team to trust right now but I can’t see them losing to the reeling Jets regardless of whether it’s Ryan Mallett or Joe Flacco under center.
The commitment to the run is important but the Ravens will have a more difficult challenge moving the ball on the ground than they have in recent weeks. The only unit that is currently thriving for the Jets is their defensive group up front. They are ranked 6th against the run giving up just over 85 yards per game. Considering the injuries along the offensive line it could be a struggle come Sunday for Terrance West.
Their pass defense is a different story. They currently rank 29th giving up over 375 yards per game. So if the Ravens want to win this game they’ll have to move the ball through the air. I’m cautiously optimistic but I think they’ll make enough plays.
If they don’t it’s hard to imagine the Ravens going anywhere in 2016.
The Ravens are 3-3 after the first six games… six games that were all winnable. Before the season started, I said they had to be 5-2 after the first seven games. This is a “must win” game, as the toughest part of their schedule is ahead. The Steelers, Bengals, Patriots and Cowboys are on the horizon.
If there is a team that the Ravens should beat no matter who is playing quarterback, it’s the Jets. Flacco or Mallet, the Ravens should win this game.
I know I’ve predicted a Ravens win every week so far, and that hasn’t turned out very well, but I just can’t see the Ravens losing this game to fall below .500. They just cannot lose to the 1-4 Jets. Believe it or not, the Ravens are only 1 game behind the Steelers for first place in the AFC North, and the Steelers will be without their QB for 4-6 weeks.
Sorry folks, but Sunday is a must win.
Ravens win 24-13.