Coming off their worst loss of the season, the New York Jets find themselves facing a tough game against the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. The game is to be played in Baltimore and the Jets hope to have a better performance from their defense, which has struggled on the road.
"When you play on the road, it's basically you against the road," said linebacker Calvin Pace. "The crowd is against you, most of the time the home team gets some of the calls, everything is against you."
When asked what the defense could do differently to contain Baltimore, Pace said that he believes that the team could benefit from a fast start. Opening drives that end in scores are typically a bad sign for a defense. A quick three-and-out would dictate gameflow and show Joe Flacco and his team that they will not have an easy time moving the ball down the field.
"You have to start out a lot faster, you have to take that away from them," stated Pace. "We just haven't been able to do that well this year. We just have to do a better job of when we get momentum, keep it and push forward."
Sunday's contest marks Ed Reed's second game against the Ravens since his departure in the offseason. Reed hopes that his second time brings about a better result as his Texans team was trounced by a score of 30-9 and started Houston's current streak of eight straight losses. Pace remarked how Reed has impacted the team since being signed.
"He's still that guy," said Pace of Reed. "People put way too much emphasis on age, people don't throw to him. If you look a lot of times they just don't go his way."
Pace would go on to say that he expects Reed to make one or two big plays against his old squad. With Ray Rice struggling with his legs all year, Flacco should be making a lot of throws, especially if he finds himself down on the scoreboard. Since signing his lucrative deal, Flacco has regressed in his production from last year and often times, struggles with keeping the ball away from the hands of the defense.
"Nobody is asking for Ed to go out and makes plays outside what his job is. I think when he gets the opportunity, he's going to make some stuff happen."