Match up to watch


October 02, 2005

George Kokinis, the Ravens' pro personnel director, sizes up the top matchup against the Jets:

The players

Abraham and Ellis were first-round picks by the Jets in the 2000 draft, the 13th and 12th selections, respectively. Abraham has been named to the Pro Bowl three times in five seasons. He leads the Jets this season with seven quarterback pressures and three sacks. Ellis, a Pro Bowl selection in 2003, totaled 23 1/2 sacks the previous two seasons. He has four pressures and one sack this year. The Ravens have allowed nine sacks in two games.

What to watch

Abraham is playing as well as any end in the league. His takeoff and explosion off the ball are special, and his power has improved. Ellis brings more of a power game to his pass rush. He always has been really solid against the run. Most teams don't have two ends as productive and dominant as this duo. To defend against that, you have these options: keep the tight end in, keep the running back to one side, or get rid of the ball faster. But with these ends, you have a tough decision as to what side you want to put the help on.

Ravens' pass protection vs. Jets defensive ends John Abraham and Shaun Ellis

Game facts


Line -- Ravens by 7

Vs. spread -- Jets 1-2, Ravens 0-2

Series -- Ravens lead 3-1

Last meeting -- Ravens won, 20-17, in overtime on Nov. 14, 2004, in East Rutherford, N.J.

NFL rankings

Ravens offense -- 26th (rush 32nd, pass 10th)

Jets defense -- 14th (tie) (rush 29th, pass 7th)

Jets offense -- 27th (rush 24th, pass 24th)

Ravens defense -- 18th (rush 5th, pass 22nd)

Ravens injuries

Out -- QB Kyle Boller (foot).

Questionable -- FB Alan Ricard (leg).

Probable -- TE Todd Heap (toe); WR Randy Hymes (elbow); DE Tony Weaver (knee).

Jets injuries

Out -- RB B.J. Askew (ankle); LB Eric Barton (ankle); QB Jay Fiedler (right shoulder); QB Chad Pennington (right shoulder).

Questionable -- OT Jason Fabini (knee).

Probable -- DE Shaun Ellis (knee); DE Trevor Johnson (head); DT James Reed (shoulder); RB Jerald Sowell (ankle).

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