New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Joe Flacco
New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Joe Flacco, Getty Images

The Jets put up a respectable effort against the Ravens in the rain

Jets (3)

PASSING: Joe Flacco (12-of-20, 102 yarrds, 1 INT)
RUSHING: Michael Carter (8 carries, 53 yards)
RECEIVING: Michael Carter (3 rec., 24 yards)

Ravens (10)

PASSING: Lamar Jackson (10-of-16, 83 yards, 1 TD)
RUSHING: Lamar Jackson (1 carry, 4 yards)
RECEIVING: Devin Duvernay (3 rec., 37 yards, 1 TD)

Kwon Direction

It’s anything but a defensive struggle for the Jets today, who are thriving under the guidance and leadership of Kwon Alexander, a vocal prescience despite breaking his New York virginity.

The pass rush has left something to be desired, though Quincy Williams put up a sack and Jermaine Johnson and Jacob Martin also shared a sack. Baltimore has had little, if any, answers without JK Dobbins, limited to 11 yards on seven attempts.

The most incredible part is that the Jets haven’t even let the Ravens get into Justin Tucker’s expansive field goal range, despite an average starting field position of circa their-own 40-yard line.

Welcome Back, Carter

Michael Carter came into the 2022-23 season with something to prove. The second-year rusher said all the right things after the team drafted Breece Hall and the team insisted that a committee approach would at least be considered in the early stages of the season.

There was no denying, however, that the team would be wise to more or less show a preference toward Hall, the highest running back chosen in last spring’s proceedings. Carter has taken advantage of the extended opportunities while Hall finds his NFL footing, picking up 77 total yards (53 rushing, 24 receiving) over the first half hour.

Joe Chills

When one pushes a non-Tom Brady quarterback for an opening day start at 37 years old, you’re not exactly expecting to win a fantasy match. Flacco had the cult of Mike White picking up some new followers with a 2-of-8 start (that included an interception when intended Lawrence Cager fell down) but Flacco settled down to the tune of finishing out the half by completing 10 of his final dozen attempt.

While Wilson remains the undisputed leader of the team—there’s no doubt this time, unlike the aftermath of White’s Halloween showcase—Flacco can have a calming effect on this group and perhaps gives the Jets the offensive intangibles they need to emerge from their opening AFC North gauntlet clean.

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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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