The Baltimore Ravens starred in this version of "Hard Knocks," punishing the New York Jets with plenty of them.
The Jets intrigued audiences in the preseason with their no-holds-barred, behind-the-scenes TV show, but it was the Ravens who grabbed the spotlight Monday night with a 10-9 victory. They held New York to 176 yards, six first downs, allowed Mark Sanchez just 74 yards passing and kept Rex Ryan’s crew out of the end zone.
“Anytime you challenge a warrior, a warrior is always going to respond,” Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said.
For those urging the Jets to put up or shut up, well, it was Baltimore that produced most of the highlights in a sloppy opener of New York’s new home.
The $1.6 billion New Meadowlands Stadium rocked with J-E-T-S chants, then the Ravens rocked Ryan’s defense with enough big plays to silence the crowd of 78,127 — if not the talkative coach and his players.
“They beat us in every statistical category there is except turnovers,” Ryan said.
AT CHIEFS 21, CHARGERS 14
Jamaal Charles’ 56-yard TD run and Dexter McCluster’s team-record 94-yard punt return gave Kansas City a two-touchdown lead and the Chiefs held San Diego on four downs inside the 6-yard line in the final minute.
Randy Moss got support from teammates after he said just minutes after the New England Patriots’ season-opening win that he didn’t feel appreciated. … Justin Harrell’s season is over and the defensive lineman’s future with Green Bay is in doubt thanks to an anterior cruciate ligament injury. … St. Louis Rams linebacker Chris Chamberlain will be sidelined six to eight weeks with turf toe on his left foot, an injury that left him wearing a cast. … The Detroit Lions and Matthew Stafford are relieved the quarterback doesn’t appear to need surgery on his throwing shoulder. … Buffalo Bills middle linebacker Paul Posluszny will miss about three weeks after the starter hurt his right knee in a season-opening loss to Miami. … The New England Patriots released linebacker Marques Murrell. … One of the nation’s largest unions, the AFL-CIO, said it sent all of the NFL’s owners a letter warning that a lockout in one of America’s “few thriving” industries could cost thousands of Americans their jobs and cities more than $140 million in revenue. … The Philadelphia Eagles placed Pro Bowl fullback Leonard Weaver and starting center Jamaal Jackson on injured reserve, ending their seasons. … New England Patriots QB Tom Brady said he was “scared out of my mind” after being involved in a two-vehicle crash last week. … The Jets are being investigated by the NFL for the way Jets players and coaches carried on when they were visited by a female reporter from a Mexican TV network during the team’s practice Saturday.