Expect Darrelle Revis to Play Anquan Boldin

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 18: Jordan Babineaux #26 of the Tennessee Titans tackles Anquan Boldin #81 of the Baltimore Ravens at LP Field on September 18, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. Tennessee won 26-13. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

When looking at the corners the Jets have and the wide receivers the Ravens have, it seems pretty obvious that Darrelle Revis is going to be matched up against Anquan Boldin. Boldin is Joe Flacco's favorite option with 28 targets just as he was last year. He is a physical type receiver, the type that tends to give Antonio Cromartie problems. Cromartie matches up much better with speedy deep threats like Torrey Smith and Lee Evans whom he dominated last year when Evans was with the Bills.

Reading Rex Ryan's comments in the wake of a big game by Boldin against the Jets Week 1 last season probably gives the biggest insight into how the Jets will defend them. Instead of having Revis follow Boldin all over the field as the Jets are known to do against elite receivers, Ryan had Revis spend most of his night on the left side and let the Ravens dictate the matchups by sending whichever receiver they chose to Darrelle. Revis gave up little, but Cromartie and Kyle Wilson had rough nights.

Ryan's postgame comments:

"Obviously, with the kind of day Boldin had, it's probably easy to go back and question that," Ryan conceded. "It was my decision to keep (Revis) on the left side because I thought we could save some running for him going back and forth. I wanted to take that away from him because he only had the one week of practice.

"Hindsight being what it is, I probably should have matched him on Boldin, but at the time I felt it would be better for Darrelle that we just keep him in one spot so he wouldn't have to travel all the time."



Remember, Revis had just returned from his holdout at that point and had missed all of training camp and the preseason.

Remembering his words, Rex will probably not do the same thing again. As you know, Revis will probably eliminate Boldin from the game. The Ravens are going to have to look away from their most productive receiver. They have some talented other options, but this is an example of how Revis completely changes the game and takes a team out of its comfort zone.

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