It’s week 15 of the 2019 NFL season and the New York Jets are in Baltimore, Maryland to face the formidable Baltimore Ravens.
Last week the Jets took on the hapless Miami Dolphins at home and managed to pull out a last second victory, the Jets’ fourth win in their last five games. This week’s matchup against the Ravens will present a much tougher challenge.
These two teams have squared off 10 times, with the Ravens losing the first meeting in 1997 and the most recent in 2016 but winning the eight contests in between. The Jets have never beaten the Ravens in Baltimore, going 0-5 and getting outscored in those games 120-56.
The Baltimore Ravens may be the best team in the NFL right now. They have the league’s front runner for MVP honors in quarterback Lamar Jackson. Jackson is doing things never before seen in the league. The Ravens’ running game is the most prolific rushing attack since the 1976 Steelers. The Ravens come into this game ranked first in the NFL in points scored, second in yards gained, first in touchdown passes, first in rushing yards, rushing yards per carry, rushing touchdowns and rushing attempts, first in time of possession, first in points per drive, plays per drive, and scoring percentage. You get the picture. This Ravens offense has been all but unstoppable. Combine that with a defense ranked sixth in yards allowed, fifth in points allowed, sixth in turnovers generated, and second in touchdown passes allowed and you have one juggernaut of a football team.
The Jets come into this game with a ridiculous 19 players on injured reserve, three others out for this game, and four more doubtful. That’s half a 53 man roster, and half of the starters, unavailable tonight. It’s tough to compete with this Ravens team under any circumstances. With this kind of walking wounded roster, it’s nearly impossible.
It’s the 5-8 walking wounded New York Jets and the 11-2 Baltimore Ravens coming your way tonight on Thursday Night Football. Please leave your comments in the section cleverly marked “comments” below. Enjoy the game everybody.