Good morning, New York sports fans. I know, though, that it is not a very good one if you are a New York Jets fan.
The Jets offense looked, well, offensive, in Monday's 10-9 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Sixty (yes, 60) yards of passing offense is all the Jets could generate. I know the Ravens have a good defense, but that's awful. Did the Jets think it was 1940 instead of 2010? Forget about Super Bowls, you can't win games without the ability to make a play in the passing game.
It doesn't get easier for the Jets, who face the New England Patriots this weekend. You can bet that Bill Belichick and the Patriots will stuff the box against the run, pressure Mark Sanchez and dare the Jets to win the game via the pass.
The other thing the Ravens exposed, even though they score just 10 points, was the formula for attacking the Jets defense. Take shots down the field at cornerbacks Antonio Cromartie and Kyle Wilson whenever possible.
As our friends at Gang Green Nation said, an ugly start for the Jets.
Here is what else is going on around the New York sports scene.
- The New York Giants suffered two more injuries Sunday against Carolina. Tight end Kevin Boss received his third concussion, and tackle Will Beatty broke his foot.
- The New York Yankees tumbled out of first place Monday night, losing to the Tampa Bay Rays, 1-0, in 11 innings. It was the Yankees fourth straight loss. Here's a question for Yankee manager Joe Girardi. Sergio Mitre in the 11th inning of a scoreless game with first place on the line? Really, Joe? The last guy on your staff? C'mon, there had to be somebody else who could pitch.
- Don't know what the deal was with New York teams and scoring runs Monday night, but the Mets also played a 1-0 extra-inning game. At least they found a way to win it, beating the hapless Pittsburgh Pirates in 10 innings.
- Rafael Nadal completed a career Grand Slam by defeating Novak Djokovic Monday to win the U.S. Open tennis tournament.