Looking at the enemy: New York Jets

Looking at the enemy: New York Jets
May 20, 2013, 10:45 pm
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Now that the schedule is set and the draft is over, CSNBaltimore.com is taking a chronological look at each of the Ravens 2013 opponents.

Week 12: New York Jets

Date: Sunday, Nov. 24, 1 p.m., M&T Bank Stadium

2012 Record: 6-10

Key offseason losses: RB Shonn Greene (to Tennessee); TE Dustin Keller (to Miami); G Brandon Moore (unsigned); S LaRon Landry (to Indianapolis); CB Darrelle Revis (traded to Tampa Bay); LB Bart Scott (unsigned)

Key additions: LB Antwan Barnes (from San Diego); G Willie Colon (from Pittsburgh); RB Mike Goodson (from Oakland); RB Chris Ivory (from New Orleans); S Dawan Landry (from Jacksonville)

Top 5 draft picks: CB Dee Milliner (1st round, Alabama); DT Sheldon Richardson (1st round, Missouri); QB Geno Smith (2nd round, West Virginia); G Brian Winters (3rd round, Kent State); G Oday Aboushi (5th round, Virginia)

Overview: The Tim Tebow circus has left town, but there figure to be plenty of sideshows with Rex Ryan and the Jets again this season. Rookie quarterback Geno Smith has arrived to challenge Mark Sanchez, who for now remains the Jets quarterback, much to the surprise (and agony) of many Jets fans.

Running back Mike Goodson was signed this offseason by new general manager John Idzik -- and then Goodson was arrested last week on drug possession and weapons charges.

Ryan and the Jets appear to be content -- for now -- to keep plugging along with Sanchez, perhaps because he is still on the books for about $8 million this season.

The Jets ranked 30th in total offense last season and 30th in passing offense, but they hope that can improve under new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who replaces the fired Tony Sparano.

The Jets also hope to get a boost from a healthy Santonio Holmes, the talented wide receiver who played in just four games last season because of a foot injury.

Running back Shonn Greene had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons with the Jets, but he signed a three-year deal with Tennessee this offseason. The leading candidate to replace him is Chris Ivory, who came from the Saints via trade.

While the Jets offense has been a sputtering mess, Rex Ryan's defense has been pretty solid and ranked 8th overall last season.

The Jets dealt Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay for a first-round draft pick and a conditional pick next season, so Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson figure to start at the two corner slots, as they did last season when Revis was hurt. The Jets also lost Pro Bowl safety LaRon Landry, who signed with Indianapolis, and picked up LaRon's brother, Dawan, a former Raven.

The Revis trade gave the Jets a pair of picks in the top 13 of this year's draft and they used both on defensive players -- cornerback Dee Milliner from Alabama and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson from Missouri.

In addition to Dawan Landry, Ryan has also brought in another familiar face in outside linebacker Antwan Barnes, who like Dawan Landry was with the Ravens with Ryan.

The game with the Jets comes just before the Ravens prepare for their Thanksgiving night showdown with the Steelers. It might be possible to look past the Jets with Steeler Week looming, but Rex Ryan has a way of cranking up the spotlight, so don't expect that to happen.