• James Walker, author of the AFC North blog on ESPN.com, comments on Ravens coach John Harbaugh and New York Jets coach Rex Ryan's postgame remarks.
Despite all the trash-talking beforehand, it's good that both teams can compliment one another after a hard-fought game. These teams play very similarly, so it wouldn't make sense for each club not to respect that.
• Walker also breaks down the Ravens' performance, writing that while the road win made a statement, the Ravens' augmented offense failed to score many points.
The Ravens picked up a huge road victory against another AFC contender. It's just one game. But considering the hype and trash talk -- most of it coming from the Jets -- it was a nice statement for Baltimore to start its 2010 season. ... There were some flashes, such as a stellar debut by new Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin (seven catches, 110 yards). But there is plenty of room for growth for this talented unit.
• In a column that highlights the Ravens' defensive performance, Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News writes that despite what Ryan did to build the defense of the Jets, Baltimore's won the day.
Rex Ryan built the best defense in the NFL in a span of one year as coach of the New York Jets. Ryan also left behind a pretty good defense in Baltimore ÃÂÃÂ and the Ravens reminded their former defensive coordinator just how good Monday night.
• Mark Cannizzaro of the New York Post writes that the Ravens' win enabled them to enjoy some pleasure from the Jets' pain.
For the Ravens, the win empowered them to giddily tear into their former defensive leader as they crowed in their ebullient locker room after the game.
• Nando Di Fino of the Wall Street Journal writes that the defense-dominated game was a snoozer.
The New York Jets, the lovable, huggable, allegedly sexually-harassing stars of HBO's "Hard Knocks," teamed with the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night to put on a lifeless football game that even hard-core defenseophiles would struggle to embrace. How ugly was it? In the first half, the Jets had accrued more penalty yards than offensive yards.