All the hype that has been gathering like a hurricane forming off the Atlantic will combust when the Ravens open their 2010 season against the New York Jets on Monday Night Football. Will all of the off-season moves by The Oz (Ozzie Newsome) on offense cover the glaring weaknesses in the secondary? With all the new weapons on offense, can Joe Flacco become an elite QB? Week 1 should give us some of the answers.
Flying the Nest up north to the New Meadowlands Stadium to visit former defensive coordinator, Rex Ryan will not be a “Oh I missed you, how’ve you been” get together. Ryan will immediately test the shaking right tackle position left vacant by Tubbie on the Line, Jared Gaither who is out with a back. QB Joe Flacco will be keeping a spare eye on the right and have his feet ready to Usain Bolt out of the pocket with Ryan throwing blitzes at him with every snap.
Flacco and his offensive crew should be a highlight reel waiting to be produced on Sports Center. The Oz went shopping this summer and found him some receivers. From Whole Foods, the Nest welcomed Anquan Boldin from Arizona. Bargain shopping got the Ravens a deal at the 99 Cent Store with T.J. Houshmandzadeh, costing the Ravens next to nothing, with Seattle footing the rest of the bill. At the Flea Market, Donte Stallworth (out with a foot for 2 months) was picked up after being suspended for all of 2009. With all of these upgrades, Derrick Mason is still Flacco’s main target. Even newly re-signed, “I needs my money” Darrell Revis can’t cover everyone, but let’s see how much Flacco goes at shaky Jets CB Antonio Cromartie.
If the Jets or any team is to beat the Ravens, it will be by air. Sanchez will have the opportunity to begin his sophomore campaign by taking it to the Ravens secondary. Sanchez should try shipping balls Fed Ex to test the ACL Repair Group of Lardarius Webb and Fabian Washington. With FS Ed Reed on the PUP (physically unable to perform), FS Tom Zbikowski will have to fill the void with some sure tackling. Otherwise the secondary is the drugs on the table during a DEA bust – guilty of letting the completions and points add up.
This opening game is a grudge match with Rex Ryan wanting some revenge on the Ravens for not giving him the head coaching gig two seasons ago. The Ravens will want to prove that they are just as good or better on D without Rex. With all of the hype surrounding both teams, the game should be an opening scene for a potential ride to the Super Bowl.
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Written by Lea Anderson