It is finally here. The 2022 New York Jets play their first regular season game today. Come one o’clock at MetLife Stadium, the Jets will compete against one reputable franchise, the Baltimore Ravens.
Jets fans are excited about this young team and bullish on its future based on what general manager Joe Douglas has done over the last two offseasons. Now, with it being the second year of Robert Saleh and his coaching staff leading this football team, it is time for the Jets to start showing some progress on the field.
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Jets vs. Ravens Preview:
To start, for the Jets, the home-field advantage will be palpable in this one. With the pre-game emotion that will come from remembering the September 11th attacks, Jets fans will be ready to provide the players with a 12th-man presence from the start.
It will be imperative for the Jets to use the energy to their advantage. Beginning this game on the right note will be key to keeping that life from the fan base throughout the entirety of the ball game.
Even without Zach Wilson, there is so much to be excited to see from the Jets’ offense. For the first time in a long time, the Jets have respectable starting skill talent and even quality depth.
Featuring Elijah Moore, Breece Hall, Garrett Wilson, Michael Carter, Tyler Conklin, and Corey Davis, amongst many more, the Jets should spread the football around and make the offense an enjoyable watch.
The balance spreading the football around will come from Joe Flacco, as he rings in year 15 of his NFL career against his former team. It is certainly fair to expect Flacco to bring it in this game.
On the other side of the football, the Jets have some key new players we will finally get to see. Carl Lawson makes his long-awaited debut. Newly-signed defensive backs DJ Reed and Jordan Whitehead play their first game with the Jets. Thrilling rookie first-round picks, Sauce Gardner and Jermaine Johnson, get their careers underway.
Key returning starters in Quinnen Williams, John Franklin-Myers, C.J. Mosley, and Michael Carter II will all be needed for the Jets’ defense to get the job done.
This game is certainly a challenge for the Jets, but a good one. There is no better way to clearly indicate progress than against a great team like the Ravens.
For the Jets, they simply cannot beat themselves. This is a game that they should play competitively and find a way to keep it tight late. Just being in a position to have a chance in the fourth quarter would be great for the Jets in this game.