New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Bryce Hall
New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Bryce Hall, Getty Images

Big plays from Lamar Jackson doomed the Jets in the second half

A new season’s opener yielded only the same results for the 2022-23 New York Jets.

Lamar Jackson threw three touchdown passes, including two to Devin Duvernay, en route to a 24-9 victory for the Baltimore Ravens, who doomed the Jets (0-1) to their fourth consecutive opening week loss.

The teams exchanged punts over their first four combined possessions, but the Jets broke the streak in the most distressing way possible: Joe Flacco’s pass to a fallen Lawrence Cager instead ended up in the arms of newcomer Marcus Williams, a turnover that set up Justin Tucker’s short 24-yard field goal.

Though the Jets’ defense held the Ravens’ offense in check (namely a run game that was missing J.K. Dobbins), their offense, with perhaps the exception of running back Michael Carter, failed to generate any forward momentum. Their most lucrative drive, a 44-yard, eight-play trek in the second quarter ended in a missed 45-yard field goal from Greg Zuerlein.

Baltimore struck further paydirt toward the end of the first half, when Jackson and Duvernay hooked up for their first score of the day.

The Jets got on the board toward the end of the frame on a duplicate attempt from Zuerlein, making it 10-3 with 24 seconds left in the half. Quincy Williams had one sack for the Jets while Jermaine Johnson and Jacob Martin shared another.

Though the Jets continued to disallow Baltimore from long, time-consuming drives, they used more big plays to build its sizable advantage. Another Duvernay score, this one from 17 yards away, made it a two-possession game while Rashod Bateman more or less put the game out of reach with a 55-yard score of his own. The former touchdown came after a mere 20-yard punt from Braden Mann.

New York did manage to get on the board when all was said and done, as Flacco found Tyler Conklin for a three-yard score with exactly one minute remaining, though Zuerlein missed the extra point.

The Jets will continue to work through an opening AFC North gauntlet in Week 2 when they battle the Cleveland Browns on Sunday on the road (1 p.m. ET, CBS).

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Geoff Magliocchetti is a veteran football writer with years of credentialed experience with the Jets and Giants. Email: geoffmags90@gmail.com
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17 days ago

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Richard Hausig
Richard Hausig
18 days ago

Uff, same old Jets. There is plenty of fault to go around but I’m giving the game ball to Salah and the entire staff!

6 months to game plan this opponent and viola! There is no plan here. There is no identity, no organization no leadership. And Salah looks more confused than me, which is scary.

GM HC QB, all on the clock. Again. Same old Jets.