The Baltimore Ravens week 1 victory against the New York Jets at the New Meadowlands Stadium was a great win, even if it was a slim 10-9 margin.
The Ravens won a nationally televised regular season opener on the road, against a team that was in last year’s AFC Championship game and has generated buzz as a contender for this year’s Super Bowl.
Facing the vaunted, blitz-heavy Rex Ryan defense, quarterback Joe Flacco’s offense showed flashes and the valuable ability to keep drives going while showcasing new weapon, wide receiver Anquan Boldin and his 7 receptions for 110 yards. And though points were hard to come by tonight, the offense set up the defense for success, a potentially lethal combination for the 2010 season and somewhat of a foreign concept in Baltimore.
Going into the match-up, so much talk was about the Jets physical and varied attack, but it was Baltimore’s defense that presented the better of two great efforts.
New York’s offense was held to an abysmal 1-11 on 3rd down conversion attempts (and 0-1 on a 4th down try).
Linebacker Ray Lewis’ “Get off the field!” catch-phrase was in effect often, meaning the Jets only had an opportunity to run 44 offensive plays (to the Ravens 75) and managed only 6 total 1st downs.
The offensive and defensive efforts complimented one another and combined to give Baltimore a 17 minute advantage in time of possession.
It’s only one game, but if the offense can keep this up the points will come and the defense can remain fresh and ferocious.
Gut Reaction Recognition – Week 1:
Without having the advantage of watching the coaching tape, I’ll say cornerback Chris Carr was the most impressive player to me in tonight’s game. He was solid in coverage, came up and made tackles a defensive player should make and provided stability in what is likely the Ravens weak link on defense. I was critical of him often last season, so it was great to see him come up and step up on a night where Revis Island didn’t really matter.
Tight end Todd Heap kept the Ravens fans in attendance busy chanting, coming up with big first down grabs and a diving acrobatic catch late in the game.