Thanks to the Patriots' spying, the Jets have enjoyed a week surprisingly free of the questions that normally follow teams that start the season with convincing losses at home. According to The Times, 14 of the 25 questions fielded by Coach Eric Mangini on Wednesday dealt with the alleged filming of the Jets' defensive signals. Rest assured, Eric Mangini's not thinking about the Patriots offense but instead the Ravens defense.
So is Kellen Clemens. The second-year player out of Oregon, so warmly welcomed by the crowd when he came on to face the Patriots, will face a stiff challenge from a ferocious Baltimore defense. If Clemens is lucky, middle linebacker Ray Lewis will miss the game with his triceps injury. If he's not, the All-Pro and future Hall of Famer will be all over the field and making life miserable for the Jets.
Lewis' is far from the Ravens' only injury. Quarterback Steve McNair may have to yield to Kyle Boller. Neither seems quite as dangerous as Tom Brady did last week. Even if Boller plays, this game figures to slant Baltimore's way. The Ravens only allowed 12.0 points per game while going 7-1 at home last season, and, for whatever reason, Willis McGahee loves to play against the Jets. During his days with the Bills, he averaged more than 100 yards per game. For the Jets to win this game, they'd be well-advised to do what Cincinnati did last week: pressure the Ravens into turning the ball over. That won't be easy.