Ray Lewis And The Baltimore Ravens Grind Out Tough Win Over New York Jets
September 14th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross
Fans were perhaps more engaged with the New York Jets to begin this season, given their popularity on the HBO Series ‘Hardknocks’, which profiled their team in training camp and through the preseason.  However, the Baltimore Ravens were the team that stole the show.
In a tough defensive battle at the new Meadowlands stadium on Monday night, the Ravens and the Jets engaged in a defensive battle where points on the board were at a premium.  By the end, the Ravens grounded out a tough and hard-fought victory on the road to start the year by defeating the Jets 10-9.

Entering the contest, New York was installed as a 2 1/2-point favorite on USA Online Sportsbooks, but Baltimore got the better of the NFL Betting Lines in Week One.  With the game’s total reaching only 19 points, it went the under, as the over/under was set at 36 points prior to kick off.

“Anytime you challenge a warrior, a warrior is always going to respond,” Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said after the win.

By the end of the first quarter, it was clear that points were going to be difficult to come by, as the Jets were hanging on to a 3-0 lead.  Both defenses played well and Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez were finding it tough to make completions and move their teams down the field.

Despite the three turnovers committed by the Ravens on the night, they were able to overcome it.

“They beat us in every statistical category there is except turnovers,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said after the game.

The lone touchdown in the game came courtesy of a one-yard run by WIllis McGahee with :06 remaining in the first half, to give Baltimore a 7-6 lead at the break.

The second half saw little scoring, with each team trading a pair of field goals, while each of the defenses slugged it out.

The Ravens never gave up the lead in the second half, going up 10-6 before the Jets brought it to within one point midway through the third quarter.

In the final quarter, New York had a last drive to march down the field and try to win the game, but the offense once again was unable to execute.

“Things need to be addressed, the penalty issue needs to be addressed immediately,” Sanchez remarked in a post-game interview. “We need to play a lot smarter.”

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