The Jets know that if they want a shot at the playoffs, they have to get better on the road and that has to start today, writes Darryl Slater for the Star-Ledger.
Baltimore could prove a difficult place for the Jets to reverse their road woes. The Ravens have won 27 of their past 31 regular season home games. Since the beginning of 2008, they are 36-8 at home – a .818 winning percentage bettered only by New England’s .867 (39-6). The Jets lost 13-10 at New England this season, though they did win at Atlanta, which has a .778 home win percentage since 2008, tied for third-best.
The Ravens aren’t just historically good at home. They are dominant. In their 36 home wins since 2008, they out-scored opponents by an average of 13.8 points. Since their current stadium opened in 1998, their 90-34 home record ranks second in the NFL.
“It’s going to be a huge test for us,” said Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith, who has four touchdowns and 10 interceptions on the road. “It’s pretty much going to tell a lot about this team and our character.”
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comWhile Baltimore might be just 4-6 with an abysmal offense, they are still the defending champs and have their home town advantage on their side.
While the Jets were poised for postseason push prior to the bye, their loss last week in Buffalo and today’s upcoming game make life a lot more difficult for the Jets. Should the Jets lose today, it will sink them further into the playoff pack and simultaneously give them a head-to-head loss against Baltimore, a team they would share a 5-6 record with.
Baltimore might not be the team it was just a year ago, but they are good in enough of the right places, namely against the run and opportunistic enough in the pass that they could make for another long day for Geno Smith …