By Jenny Vrentas, The Star-Ledger
9:09 PM EDT, September 28, 2011
Before Rex Ryan had a chance to say anything to his players in the visitors’ locker room of O.co Coliseum, nose tackle Sione Pouha said the defense was already “sulking.” But after yielding 234 rushing yards in the 34-24 loss to the Oakland Raiders, the Jets’ most critical task is turning last Sunday’s disappointment into this Sunday’s improvement.
“You make sure it’s a cleansing type of sting,” Pouha said. “It’s a productive cleansing. You learn from it, and you move on.”
The Jets don’t have any choice with the Baltimore Ravens, and dynamic running back Ray Rice, on the calendar in three days.
The Rutgers product is built differently than Darren McFadden, standing just 5-8. But like the Raiders back, who put up 171 rushing yards against the Jets, Rice packs speed and burst and is dangerous outside and catching passes out of the backfield.
Those outside runs in particular burned the Jets last weekend, as they failed in the cardinal rule of their game plan: Don’t give up the edge.
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