Ravens silence Jets in opener

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Two plays later, Shonn Greene lost the ball — he touched it only one more time the rest of the night and dropped a pass — and Baltimore embarked on an impressive 11-play, 76-yard drive for a 7-6 halftime lead. Of course, it was aided by Jets mistakes, the worst of which were Braylon Edwards — a wide receiver, of all things — running into Cundiff on a field goal attempt, giving the Ravens a first down to prolong the possession, and rookie Wilson’s pass interference on T.J. Houshmandzadeh in the end zone.

McGahee scored from the 1 with 6 seconds left, but New York wasn’t done committing penalties. The Jets were offside on the extra point and had 10 penalties for 100 yards in the opening half.

They weren’t any more efficient in the second half. But they did get Folk’s 48-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to make it 10-9. Even then, however, they wasted a 22-yard punt return by Jim Leonhard to the Baltimore 35.

“Things need to be addressed, the penalty issue needs to be addressed immediately,” Sanchez said. “We need to play a lot smarter.”

Cromartie’s debut as a Jet was spotty, at best. Like Wilson, he was beaten several times by Boldin as the Ravens usually avoided Revis, even though the Jets‘ star cornerback missed the entire preseason in a holdout.

“I told him that the beast he created, he’s got to deal with,” the Ravens‘ Terrell Suggs said of Ryan, who was Baltimore’s defensive coordinator before joining the Jets. “All respect to him. I love him with all my heart, but they got to deal with us this year.

“We showed who the No. 1 defense is. He knows the caliber of players in here. He was just trying to fire up his team. You have to commend the man for that. He wanted them ready to fight and they were ready. It’s just that the better team won.”

Notes: LaDainian Tomlinson gained 62 yards rushing in his Jets debut, carrying the load after Greene was benched and looking good in spurts. … New York lost defensive tackle Kris Jenkins to a first-quarter knee injury. … Flacco finished 20 for 38 for 248 yards. Sanchez was 10 of 21. … Baltimore rushed for only 49 yards, yet controlled the ball for nearly 38 minutes.

 

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