Jets vs Ravens: Ravens Defense in Full Flight | Player Rankings
It’s almost not fair that Jets rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez had to have his first preseason start against the Ravens defense in Baltimore. On the first drive of the game for the Jets the Ravens gave Sanchez a wake up call as he was picked off by defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and he took the play back for a touchdown.
Mark Sanchez Needs Work and Ravens D is Still Strong
Sanchez ended up playing most of the first half and I don’t believe he even completed a pass until the 2nd quarter of the game. For the night he was 3 of 8 for 43 yards and on his last drive (after Ray Lewis and Ed Reed were out of the game) he hit Leon Washington for a touchdown.
Mark almost had another interception that went for a touchdown but Ray Lewis dropped the football in the open field.
Rounding out the first half of the game the Ravens picked off the Jets other quarterback Kellen Clemens for a touchdown as well.
If some of you thought that Baltimore’s defense would suffer without linebacker Bart Scott and defensive coordinator Rex Ryan, think again because this defense looks as good as ever before.
Right now the Ravens defense should be no lower than one of the top five defenses in fantasy football. If you play in a fantasy league that gives a lot of points to defenses you might want to consider grabbing this defense in the middle rounds on draft day.
Ray Rice Runs with the First Team
I could be wrong on this but I believe that Willis McGahee ran with the first team a week ago against the Redskins. Either way tonight Ray Rice started for the Ravens and looked good against one of the top eight defenses in football.
What I liked most from Ray is that the Ravens gave him the football down at the goal line and he converted on the play for a touchdown. If he can get opportunities like that every week than his fantasy value will be much higher than he is being currently drafted (around 12th round) in mock drafts so far.
Look for Rice as a nice addition to the depth of your fantasy football team this season as he will make for an excellent bye week fill in.
Fantasy Football Information Writer Sean E. Douglas: fantasy-info.com