Hard hits. Battered bodies. No love loss.

Expect all of this and more as the Jets head to Baltimore to take on the Ravens. The 2-1 Ravens are coming off a 37-7 thumping of the St. Louis Rams while the 2-1 Jets were gashed by the Oakland Raider rushing attack. Last season, the Ravens beat the Jets 10-9 in a very, very sloppy game where the Jets drew 14 penalties. The Ravens held the Jets to 174 total yards, allowing Mark Sanchez to throw for just 74 yards. Anquan Boldin gave Antonio Cromartie fits, torching him for 110 yards. Here are three keys to the game and reasons why the Jets will fall to 2-2 this Sunday.

Ray Is Coming For You, Rex--AP Photo

3 Keys For The Jets

1. Slow Down Ray Rice

The Jets did an excellent job against the Raven rush attack last year, holding Ray Rice and Co. to 49 yards. Rice has posted 409 total yards through his first three games this year, so bottling up Rice is once again a key priority for Gang Green. But can they do it?

Darren McFadden gashed the Jets for 181 yards last week, proving the Jets just aren’t a great run defense. Once again, this is a huge, huge test for the Jets run defense against one of the best running backs in football.

2. Ball Control/Turnovers

While the Jets won the turnover battle last year, 1 to 3, they horribly lost the time of possession battle (38 to 22). Even worse, the Jets were 1 for 11 on third downs. The Ravens picked up 20 first downs compared to only six for the Jets. The Jets need to get on the right side of these statistics if they want to beat the Ravens.

3. Establish the Pass

Mark Sanchez is the key to the game for the Jets. The Jets didn’t have Santonio Holmes or Plaxico last year, so he’ll have more weapons at his disposal. Sanchez must make good reads, deliver the ball early, and avoid taking anymore big hits. Sanchez can slow down the ferocious Baltimore defense by completing passes, allowing Shonn Greene and LT2 to establish the ground game.

Expect another hard-hitting, low scoring affair. After their respective games last week, the Ravens are the clear favorites. After McFadden’s performance last week, we’ll see Rice and Ricky Williams early and often in this one. Rex didn’t have any answers after his loss to the Raiders—he won’t have any this week after the Ravens beat him, again.

Ravens 14
Jets 10