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Who’s talking now? Ravens rip ‘overhyped’ Jets

Jets’ defense forces early turnovers, but it’s the same old story for Sanchez and the conservative offense.

What went wrong ...

1. Still looks like a rookie — Much like it did the majority of preseason, the Jets’ offense struggled, mustering just 60 yards in the air and a mere 44 plays, holding possession less than 22 minutes. Mark Sanchez still had a chance to be the hero. Sanchez got the ball back with 1:37 left and hit Dustin?Keller moments on a fourth-and-10, but the tight end carelessly stepped out of bounds a yard in front of the first-down marker.

2. Sloppy flight patterns —
The Jets were sloppy all night long. In the second quarter, Braylon Edwards had an illegal shift that negated a 33-yard catch by Dustin Keller and minutes later he ran into the kicker. The Ravens would then punch it in three plays later for a 7-6 halftime lead. And cornerback Antonio Cromartie’s name got called more by the referee last night then in San Diego family court. Cromartie was flagged three times including a pass interference call.

3. The biggest loser — Jets’ run-stuffer Kris Jenkins appeared to sprain his right knee while making a tackle on Le’Ron McClain in the first quarter. Jenkins did not return and could miss at least a couple games, one year after suffering an ACL tear that ended his 2009 season.

What went right ...

1. Hard Knocks continues — On Baltimore’s first play from scrimmage, Shaun Ellis and Bryan Thomas sandwiched Joe Flacco, popping out the ball. Three plays later, the Jets kicked a field goal to go up, 3-0. On the next drive and with Baltimore pushing into the red zone, Willis McGahee was stripped by Bart Scott and Sione Pouha jumped on top of it for his second fumble recovery in the opening half.

2. Folk on fire — Special teams was a preseason strength and Nick Folk nailed two first-half field goals and drilled a 48-yarder in the third quarter. Punter Steve Weatherford sent two punts more than 50 yards, as well.

3. Revis not rusty — Darrelle Revis didn’t factor prominently into the game. The All-Pro, who held out for 36 days, drew an early flag but stuck on Derrick Mason all night. The Ravens targeted Revis’ teammates.

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