The Jets struggled in a week 3 disaster at Oakland. We have seen this happen many times in the past and it happened again last week. The run defense was a disgrace. Mcfadden ran for 171 yards himself, and a couple other Raiders chipped in to make it 234 rushing yards on the day. This needs to be fixed immediately. The defense looked slow all day, we can only hope that this is a one week issue. There is a little bit of age in the front seven, but I do not foresee this being a problem going forward. Mcfadden is slowly turning into one of the most dangerous weapons in the NFL, and he put that on display all game. Sanchez once again had a solid day, but the offensive line was porous. Colin Baxter filled in well for Mangold, but something needs to be done about Hunter. The guy is going to get Sanchez killed.
Tonight’s matchup with the Ravens is one of the most important in the Rex Ryan era. Considering the Jets have been in the playoffs twice in Rex’s tenure, you can call me crazy for saying this but I believe it. The team needs a bounce back game. Everyone is questioning the defense and its ability to stop the big play. The offensive line has major questions to answer as well. It should be an interesting game, where I think both teams will attempt to air it out early and often. This should make for a wild game, featuring two of the leagues top young quarterbacks. The Ravens do not have a back that can run outside the tackles with the effectiveness that Mcfadden can. Outside the tackles is clearly the Jets defensive weakness. This will play into the Jets strengths which is stuffing the run up the middle with Scott and Harris. I see Sanchez being able to pick this defense apart if he can get some time and keep the mistakes to a minimum. I see the Jets prevailing 35-31 in what could be a late fourth quarter drive for New York’s offense.