By Jeff Capellini
Courtesy of WFAN.com
You’ll have to excuse me for sounding like an alarmist, but until the Jets prove they can actually win in a spot like they’ll be in this weekend I have no choice but to assume the worst.
And unless something changes in a hurry, Sunday’s game in Baltimore has disaster written all over it.
If there is one place where they don’t play well, it’s M&T Bank Stadium. The Jets have never beaten the Ravens there and have often looked puny in the process. To put it in perspective, the Jets are 4-19 all-time against the Steelers, but have beaten them in Pittsburgh one more time than they have beaten the Ravens in Baltimore.
The Jets are 0-4 on the road in this series.
To make matters worse, the Jets, for whatever reason, just don’t match up well with the Ravens. They are 1-7 all-time in this series, winning 19-16 at home back in 1997, the first time the Ravens played the Jets as the Ravens following splitting Cleveland. But since then it’s been a series of forgettable experiences, mostly on the road but not precluding a 10-9 loss to open the 2010 season, the Jets’ first at MetLife Stadium.
The first real bad one at M&T Bank I like to call the Christmas Eve nightmare of 2000. Needing a win to keep their playoff hopes alive, the Jets, in true green and white fashion, blew an early 14-point lead in an eventual 34-20 defeat. The loss featured the Ravens’ Chris McAllister taking an interception 98 yards to the house just as the Jets were poised to grab possibly a nine-point lead heading into halftime. Amazingly, it got worse from there, as Jermaine Lewis poured gasoline on the fire by returning punts of 54 and 89 yards for Baltimore TDs in the second half.
When the ice finally thawed the Jets had outgained the Ravens 524-142 in yards and 22-5 in first downs, but committed six turnovers.