Post Game Observations

It was not too long ago, in 2002, that the Jets selected DE Bryan Thomas with their first-round pick (22nd overall).<br><br> Two selections later, the Ravens selected S Ed Reed. The rest is history.

Reed has become one of the best young defensive backs in the NFL while Thomas has been virtually non-factor.

On Sunday, however, Thomas would become an important part of the defense.

Thomas, who started for Shaun Ellis, had perhaps his best game as a professional. He finished with six combined tackles and a sack and a half.

Meanwhile, Reed had his typical game. A big interception that would have gone for a score had their not been a penalty called on the return.

For the Jets, they did a lot of things well in the game.

Offensively, veteran RB Curtis Martin had a solid game-surprisingly so. When you consider the Ravens have one of the top run defenses in the NFL, Martin's 125 yards rushing and two scores are big-time numbers.

Also, give QB Quincy Carter credit who started for QB Chad Pennington.

Carter managed the game well. More importantly, he didn't turn the ball over and gave his team a chance to win.

Defensively, the offense gave the defense a 14-point lead to protect but they couldn't get the job done.

On the positive end for their defense, they shut down star RB Jamal Lewis to just 2.37 yards per carry. And that's on 30 attempts.

However, they gave up a few big plays in the passing game namely to rookie WR Clarence Moore.

For the Ravens, give second-year signal caller Kyle Boller credit. He handled the Jets' pressure all day and stood tall and didn't turn the ball over. He was able to bring his team back to have a chance to win on the road in a hostile environment. Not many league observers believed he could do that.

Of course the big story of the game is how the Jets mismanaged the clock late in the fourth quarter. While that's so, they had plenty of chances to put the Ravens away earlier but couldn't finish them off.

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