Looking At The Enemy: Week 12 and 13

Larry French

In an eight part series, I will take a look at the opponents that the Ravens will face in the 2013 season.

NEW YORK JETS – Week 12 – Sunday, November 24th – M&T Bank Stadium

In the first of three in a row at M&T Bank, the Ravens welcome the circus that is the New York Jets to town. Fortunately for them, Tim Tebow is no longer with gang green, which calms thing down a bit, but they still have Rex Ryan. Ryan, who started an incredibly strange feud with the Baltimore Orioles, leads a team that needs to improve in almost every facet of the game if they hope to be in contention for the playoffs.

Quarterback issues are at the forefront of their struggles as they are paying an exorbitant amount of money for Mark Sanchez, who will no doubt be holding a clipboard by year’s end. The Jets have one nemesis that is not in their own locker room and that is Tom Brady and the Patriots, who have made sure that the Jets are playing for no higher than second.

Biggest Addition: Chris Ivory was always a successful running back when given the chance in New Orleans. Unfortunately for him, they had Drew Brees and could move the ball a lot faster using his right arm. Ivory will now be the featured back in Rex Ryan’s ground and pound.

Biggest Loss: Darrell Revis is now a Tampa Bay Buccaneer. In one of the most polarizing and talked about moves of the off-season, the Jets unloaded by far their best player. The outcome of this trade cannot be decided upon for years, but the Jets tried to find Revis’s replacement right away. Dee Milliner has some big shoes to fill.

Rookie To Watch For: Geno Smith hopes to be the quarterback of the future for the Jets. With the retirement of David Garrard, Smith might be thrown into the fire sooner than expected. He and Mark Sanchez will battle it out for the number one spot on the depth chart for Week 1. If I were the Jets, I would be searching for a veteran QB who has had success in the NFL to tutor Smith because I wouldn’t want Mark Sanchez to be the first person he talks to when coming to the sideline after a bad play.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS – Week 13 – Sunday, November 28rd – M&T Bank Stadium

Pittsburgh Steelers preview

In the next installment, we will take a look at the Ravens’ Week 14 and 15 opponents – the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions.

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