Four Downs: The Ravens Game

Monday night's opener provided plenty of head scratching moments for Jets' fans, who must be wondering if a season of hyped promise is just more of the "Same Old Jets" or if the effort was an anomaly.

East Rutherford, NJ – The weekly installment of Four Downs explores the 10-9 opening game loss to Baltimore:

1: Rex Ryan, defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and special teams mastermind Mike Westhoff were given the unwanted gift of teaching materials from their undisciplined players as the Jets will surely have plenty of game tape to watch this week. The Jets committed 14 penalties for 125 yards, a franchise high for whistles. "You can't have those [penalties] against a good team," Bart Scott said. At the half, the Jets had been flagged an unfathomable 10 times for 100 yards.

2: The supposedly star-laden Jets offense was thoroughly offensive against Baltimore. The Jets finished with 176 yards of total offense and tied a franchise low with six first downs. Mark Sanchez was inaccurate, throwing against a depleted Ravens secondary, completing only 10-of-21 passes for 74 yards. LaDainian Tomlinson, Shonn Greene, Brad Smith, Braylon Edwards and Sanchez combined for 116 rushing yards on 21 rushes. Matt Slauson conceded a late game sack that put the Jets in a deep comeback hole. "Offensively, we weren't as sharp as we should have been," Slauson told GreenAndWhiteReport.com after the game.

3: Third down was a killer. The defense was unable to get off the field on third down while the offense could not create any positive momentum, to say nothing of sustaining a drive. To a man, the Jets vowed that they will spend the week examining tape and correcting mistakes. All told, the Jets converted just 9% of their third down attempts while the Ravens were a crisp 58% on their attempts.

4: Darrelle Revis did not appear to show any signs of rust despite his summer long holdout, then again, he wasn't given much of a chance too as he was only flagged for a defensive hold. After that, Joe Flacco and the Ravens spent the rest of the evening throwing against Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson. The positives were that Cromartie picked off a pass and made two tackles while Wilson, the rookie from Boise State, made three tackles and defensed two tackles. The negatives were the two pass interference calls against the duo and Cromartie's two holds.

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