12/12/19 Ravens vs. Jets
The Jets come to Charm City with a 5 and 8 record and they have very little to play for except that they don’t want to look bad under the National spot light of Thursday Night Football. It is a short week for the Ravens so I will keep my pregame thoughts short as well.
Jets have a good defense and they are stout against the run (ranked #2), which makes you wonder how much the ground game will work for the Ravens this week especially with Lamar fighting through a quad injury. After a horrendous start to the season the Jets have won four of the last 5 games and during that time have scored an average of 26 points per game. There defense is good enough to keep them in games and if the Jets offense gets rolling, they can beat just about anybody. One thing I wish hadn’t happened is all the attention on Le’Veon Bell going bowling when he missed the game due to the flu. I would not be surprised if he played with a fire in his belly tonight to shut down all the haters. The Jets have been very inconsistent this year but except for a few games where they got blown out – they have lost most of their games by one score. Coach Roman will have to be clever this week to find some room to run against them and it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if the Ravens pass significantly more in this game.
The Ravens offense has sputtered the past few weeks – mostly due to the level of competition as well as the weather conditions. Tonight, will be yet another test for the Ravens and they just need to keep doing what they have been doing – play to your strengths and take what they give you. The Ravens have done a good job of that all year and that is why they keep winning. Both Wink and Roman have been calling good games for the Ravens and you have to give credit for much of the success of this team. Last week was a great example of that when the Bills went all in to blitz Lamar and left the middle of field wide open for Goldie Locks who took the pass 61 yards to the house. Fun Fact: Hayden’s 61-yard touchdown is the fastest recorded Raven this year at 21.3 miles per hour. Pretty impressive considering you have Lamar and Brown on your team.
The Ravens are 6 – 0 on Thursday night and they are going for 7 in a row. The book makers have the Ravens by 16.5 points and there is a good chance that could go to 17 by end of day. The Ravens were 14-point favorites on Monday so you can see by the line moving up that there must be big money on the Ravens. Personally, I think this game is a bit tougher to figure out because there are so many players on both teams that are either out or questionable for tonight’s game. The Ravens should win this game handily but I don’t think they will cover. Lamar having a quad issue will make him less of a threat to run and that allows the Jets to be more aggressive defensively. A perfect night would be the Ravens running away with it early in the 3rd quarter and having a chance to put in some of the backups. I would love to see RGIII play a quarter plus tonight. Ravens defense is playing well and I think they should be able to keep the Jets under 20 points. Ravens will get their tight ends involved in the game early and that should move the line backers back a bit and give some room for the running game. Ravens are clearly the better team and if healthy would win by a bunch, but tonight they win outright but I don’t think they clobber them. The over/under is set at 44.5 and I like the over. Enjoy the game and stay thirsty my friends.
Baltimore Ravens hosting the New York Jets on Thursday, December 12th at 8:20 PM Odds Ravens by 16.5 points / OU at 44.5
Score Ravens 27 Jets 19
Net Rushing Yardage Ravens 130 Jets 84
Net Passing Yardage Ravens 221 Jets 161
• Gus leads RBs with 11 carries for 42 yards
• Boykin gets 1 catch for 8 yards
• Ravens commit 6 penalties for 58 yards
• Refs make terrible calls
Keys to the Game
• Don’t turn the ball over and you win!
• Score in the red zone
• Pressure Darnold and force mistakes