Sun staff predicts the Ravens-Jets game

The Ravens will be back at MetLife Stadium on Sunday to play the New York Jets after losing there against the Giants last week.

The Jets have made a quarterback change and the Ravens' quarterback situation is uncertain as Joe Flacco deals with an injury.


MARK SELIG (5-1 picking Ravens games)
Ravens 23, Jets 20

Brandon Marshall will be a capital-P problem for the Ravens' young and small secondary, but the defense can devote all of its resources to stopping him, because nothing else the Jets offense does scares you. Meanwhile, Joe Flacco, if healthy enough to chuck the ball another 40-something times, could have success going against a struggling secondary. Just like every other Ravens game, this one will probably come down to the last possession.


Jets 21, Ravens 20

One team is 3-3 and the other is 1-5, but they're practically mirror images of each other in terms of their offensive struggles and general foibles. Again, injuries continue to cripple the Ravens, and I think the Jets will be inspired by the quarterback switch from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Geno Smith just enough to eke out the win.

Ravens 16, Jets 13

This is a hard game to pick because the Ravens are so beat up, and the Jets have just been lousy. It would be a surprise if it wasn't close and low-scoring, but the Ravens will force one more stop than the Jets and momentarily arrest their slide.

Ravens 21, Jets 17

The Ravens are pretty banged up, but as long as Joe Flacco plays, they should be able to beat a Jets team that is benching Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has thrown a league-leading 11 interceptions, for Geno Smith, who has a career 71.9 QB rating. Plus the Ravens have never lost four in a row under John Harbaugh.

Ravens 17, Jets 14

The Jets are in a hole and they can't recover. The Ravens will get two offensive line starters back on the field this week and that should give either quarterback, Joe Flacco or Ryan Mallett, time to throw. The Jets have no offense and the Ravens will wear New York down in the fourth period. The Ravens break a three-game losing streak while New York will continue on a five-game slide.

Ravens 23, Jets 13: Regardless of the Ravens' quarterback uncertainty, they should be able to grind out a victory over the hapless Jets, who also have quarterback uncertainty. The better news is that when they win, they'll likely be tied for first place in the AFC North.

Jets 23, Ravens 20

I'm under no illusions that the Jets are any good, but they do have two assets that can really hurt the Ravens: wide receiver Brandon Marshall and a rugged defensive front that can pressure the Ravens quarterback and eliminate a running game. The Ravens don't win, when they're forced to be one dimensional on offense.

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