Media roundup: Who's picking the Ravens?

• Mike Florio and Gregg Rosenthal of NBC Sports' ProFootballTalk both expect the Ravens to top the Jets at M&T Bank Stadium.

Florio's take: Last year, the Ravens and Jets found themselves in a Week One defensive struggle. Look for more points this time around. But with the Jets struggling to run and stop the run, the bulk of those points will likely be scored by the home team. Pick: Ravens 24, Jets 16.

Rosenthal's take: We're still learning about these teams. Baltimore's offense looks more complete, but it's hard to ignore the Week Two stinkbomb. The Jets defense looks less intimidating, but it's hard to ignore Rex Ryan's track record. Anything less than a great game will be a huge disappointment.Pick: Ravens 24, Jets 21.

• SI.com's Peter King believes the Ravens will edge the Jets — thanks to Torrey Smith's emergence.

Ravens 23, Jets 20: A week ago, before I saw the impact of Torrey Smith on the Ravens offense, I probably would have picked the Jets, with Baltimore tormentor Santonio Holmes the main culprit. But Smith is a certifiable field-stretcher, the kind of player the Jets just may have to put Darrelle Revis on to take out of the game. That could leave holes for underneath routes. Interesting chess match here. I say the Ravens make one more play and win it.

• While King speaks highly of Smith, the "Bet On It" predictions from SI.com disagree.

Torrey Smith won't top 20 receiving yards: Baltimore's second-round pick made a huge splash last Sunday, turning his first NFL reception into a 74-yard touchdown, then adding two more TDs for good measure. He finished with five catches for 152 yards in Baltimore's win at St. Louis. But he did that damage against much-maligned St. Louis cornerback Justin King. This week, with Lee Evans still hurting, Smith figures to draw Antonio Cromartie. That matchup will give Smith a chance to hit on a big play or two. More likely, it means the rookie will crash back down to earth for at least one game.

• Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com picks the Ravens to spoil the homecoming of several former teammates.

Sunday night will mark the first trip back to Baltimore for Rex Ryan, Jim Leonhard and Bart Scott since they left The Charm City for the Big Apple two and a half years ago. Perhaps they'll bring something that resembles the Jets defense of 2009 and 2010 with them? This year's unit has struggled immensely, with the nadir coming last Sunday in a game in which Oakland piled on 234 yards on the ground. I said last week that the Jets would be fortunate to win one of the three games on this Oakland-Baltimore-New England three-game road trip. I don't think they will. Pick: Ravens 24, Jets 16

• Across the board, all four ESPN NFL Sunday Countdown analysts think the Ravens will be victorious.

• All of ESPN's NFL "experts" expect the Ravens to win. (Editor's note: As of this posting, Eric Allen hadn't made his picks for the week.)

• ESPN's Madden 12 simulation forecasts a defensive struggle — and a late touchdown to push the Jets past the Ravens.

Trailing 12-6 with under a minute left on the clock, Mark Sanchez hit Santonio Holmes with an 11-yard touchdown pass to help the Jets squeak out the 13-12 win. Sanchez played a miserable game up to that point, throwing three interceptions and missing on some wide-open opportunities, but he made the play when it counted, and that play is what ended up giving the Jets the huge win.

• Clark Judge predicts an upset by the Jets over the Ravens, but the other four CBSSports.com analysts believe the Ravens will win.

• Warren Sapp and Phil Simms of Showtime's Inside the NFL expect the Ravens to win. Cris Collinsworth's pick is withheld due to commentating rules.

• The Los Angeles Times' Sam Farmer predicts the Ravens will win by a field goal.

The Ravens are on a roll and they always play the Jets tough. New York would benefit greatly from a reliable running game, but it doesn't have one at this point.

• NESN's Michael Hurley thinks the Ravens will cover the 3 1/2-point spread in a win over the Jets.

Now, it's a matter of his team can rally behind [Rex Ryan] and pull off an emotional win in Baltimore. With Joe Namath chiming in from afar, with critics questioning the Jets' toughness and with Darrelle Revis feeling the pressure to prove that the Jets aren't just a trash-talking team, can they respond to adversity?

I'm betting no, and that it all begins to unravel for Rex. Call me crazy if you'd like -- I generally deserve it -- but when the Jets are no longer the mighty Jets in a few months, I'll hate to say I told you so.

• The New York Post's Bart Hubbuch also thinks the Ravens will win by more than the 3 1/2-point spread.

Not only has Baltimore beaten the Jets six times in a row, but the Jets' offense is a mess and probably not having Nick Mangold again hardly helps matters.


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[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]

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