Ravens can start season off strong with Week 1 matchup vs. Jets

Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

The Baltimore Ravens will play the New York Jets in Week 1, and the team couldn’t have asked for a better matchup to start their comeback season.

The Week 1 matchup will be an away game for the Ravens, but compared to the other teams on their schedule, the Jets project to be one of their weakest opponents in 2022.

Both the Ravens and Jets were widely considered to be the winners of the 2022 NFL Draft with both John Harbaugh and Robert Saleh making smart moves to upgrade their respective rosters.

This free agency, Baltimore also notably signed former Jets offensive tackle Morgan Moses and has the upper hand as the more winning franchise.

Despite going on the road, this is the Ravens’ game to lose.

The Ravens are happy to face the Jets in Week 1 of the 2022 season

The Ravens will see a familiar face in Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley, who played in Baltimore for five seasons from 2014 to 2018.

While the Jets have bolstered their defense with starting-caliber talent like Sauce Gardner, New York quarterback Zach Wilson will have arguably his toughest test of the year against the Ravens’ secondary.

Baltimore’s star-studded pass defense, featuring Marlon Humphrey, Marcus Peters, Marcus Williams, and Kyle Hamilton, should be able to lock down the likes of Garrett Wilson and Elijah Moore fairly easily.

It may not be a totally lopsided matchup, but the Ravens clearly boast more talent and experience on their roster and will want to make a resounding statement with a dominant Week 1 win.

After finishing 8-9 and missing last year’s postseason, this year serves as a revenge tour for Baltimore, who will be looking to regain control of an unpredictable AFC North.

A loss against the Jets would not bode well for the rest of Baltimore’s season, while a win would set them on a straighter path to making a deep playoff run.

Other than home advantage, the only thing the Jets have going for them in this matchup is the fact that the Ravens have a handful of players returning from injury, including both starting running backs.

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Pound for pound, though, Baltimore is still the better team and should expect nothing short of a victory.