The Baltimore Sun
12:09 PM EST, November 21, 2013
A roundup of NFL experts' picks for Sunday's game between the Ravens and New York Jets.
* Vinnie Iyer of The Sporting News expects the Ravens to win in a blowout.
The Jets on the road against a good, swarming defense? Both they and we learned the hard way in Buffalo it’s a recipe for a meltdown as rookie Geno Smith isn’t ready for such hostile enviroments in the elements. The reigning Super Bowl champions, a game behind New York, should be able to sniff that a wild card is well within reach. The Ravens got Ray Rice going again in Week 11, and their defense can make it another rough day for Smith. John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco don’t want their playoff streak to end, and the team works to keep it alive this week. Ravens 23, Jets 6.
* ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio and Michael David Smith both pick the Ravens.
MDS’s take: Two bad offenses against two good defenses. Expect a low-scoring game, and one that the home team will win. This won’t look like a playoff game, but both teams are right in the thick of the playoff race in the AFC, where there are six available playoff spots but only five good teams. MDS’s pick: Ravens 17, Jets 13.
Florio’s take: The good news is that the Jets’ win-one-lose-one trend ends. The bad news is that it ends with two straight losses. The best news is that Ed Reed knows where the Dave & Buster’s is in Baltimore. Florio’s pick: Ravens 20, Jets 13.
* CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco believes the Ravens will win at M&T Bank Stadium, 20-15.
The Jets are on the road again after looking terrible last week at Buffalo. The Ravens showed some offensive life in losing to the Bears; Ray Rice did some good things. But they won't run it against the Jets' top-ranked run defense. That means it's all about Joe Flacco on offense, and I will take him against Geno Smith.
* John Breech of CBSSports.com also expects the Ravens to win, 27-24.
The Jets have been one of the hardest teams to figure out in the NFL this season, but by being one of the hardest teams to figure out, they've actually been the easiest team to figure out. You see, they've alternated wins and losses since Week 1. Meaning they won in Week 1, lost in Week 2, won in Week 3, lost in Week 4 and so on. The Jets have done this through 10 games, becoming the first team in NFL history to alternate wins and losses through 10 games. The Jets have zero winning streaks this season and zero losing streaks. I'm not sure all of that made sense, but my pick will: Ravens 27-24 over the Jets.
* Six of CBSSports.com's eight analysts -- including Prisco and Breech -- pick the Ravens to win.
* NFL.com's Elliot Harrison believes the Ravens will edge the Jets, 16-10.
Basic quarterback stuff for the Jets and Ravens. Geno Smith must play turnover-free -- not necessarily mistake-free, but turnover-free. The Ravens' passing offense, meanwhile, stinks. If the Jets don't give Joe Flacco any short fields to work with, they'll be fine, because there's no way Baltimore can run on this New York defense (which is allowing 73.8 rushing yards per game and 2.94 yards per carry). Flacco's job will be to play efficiently. He's not hitting enough of the high-percentage throws, which is why his completion mark sits at 58.6. That's 26th in the NFL ... right where it was in 2011.
* Mike Ditka is the only ESPN analyst (out of 13) who thinks the Jets will win.
* Yahoo Sports' Les Carpenter and Frank Schwab both pick the Ravens.
* Three of NFL.com's five "Around the League" writers -- Dan Hanzus, Kevin Patra and Gregg Rosenthal -- expect the Ravens to win.* On Showtime's Inside the NFL, Phil Simms, Cris Collinsworth and James Lofton all take the Ravens in Sunday's game.
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