This matchup brings together two teams who may or may not have their starting quarterbacks participating on Sunday. On one hand, you have the New York Jets. They have not as of yet made a final decision on the status of starting QB Chad Pennington who is suffering from an ankle injury. If he isn’t able to go, then reserve QB Kellen Clemens will get the nod. On the Ravens’ side, there’s starting QB Steve McNair; he strained his groin last week and from all accounts, it is increasingly likely that backup QB Kyle Boller will get the start.
The Jets, thanks to the uncertain QB situation, will most likely rely heavily on running back Thomas Jones. Jones last week rushed for only 42 yards in his Jets debut. Baltimore will no doubt have 8 in the box against the Jets which will make life miserable for both Pennington/Clemens and Jones. The Ravens have some injury issues they have to deal with; starting linebacker Ray Lewis (tricep injury) is listed as questionable (he’ll be there playing) and safety Ed Reed is dealing with an ankle problem.
Ravens starting RB Willis McGahee while with the Buffalo Bills used to eat the Jets for lunch; as proof of this, consider that McGahee in his last 5 games vs. the Jets, has rushed for 663 yards and scored 3 TD’s. So he knows them well. The passing games for both teams should be fairly irrelevant as the rushing games will take the spotlight this week. McGahee should do well and the Ravens defense will stifle the Jets’ anemic offense; the final score will not reflect the dominance that the Ravens will show on Sunday.