Rex Ryan loves to hype up his defense, but the unit hasn't played well so far in 2011. It had a rough opening-night game against Dallas, but was bailed out by Cowboys miscues and special-teams plays. It showed up in Week 2 against Jacksonville, but that was more due to Luke McCown than it was to anyone on the Jets' defense. The Raiders made no secret of their desire to run the ball in Week 3, and the Jets still gave up 234 yards and four rushing touchdowns.

This week, the Jets play the Ravens, who declined to make Ryan their head coach three years ago and shut down the Jets in an opener last year. They can run the ball too, and their defense will provide a stiff test for Mark Sanchez, who has been the biggest bright spot for the Jets this season.

Sanchez, who threw for a career-high 369 yards last week, has a 90.1 QB rating in 2011. His career mark is 72.5. He had one bad play in Oakland, an end-zone interception, but he has been clean and taken care of the ball so far. He hasn't played a defense like Baltimore's yet. This is the second of three consecutive tough road games—they play at New England next week—so the Jets would do well not to lose this one. That will be easier said than done.