The Ravens will open the 2022 season on the road against the New York Jets, the NFL announced Thursday, before returning to Baltimore for a home opener against the Miami Dolphins. Both games will kick off at 1 p.m.
The Week 1 matchup in New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium on Sept. 11, a Sunday, pits the Ravens against what could be one of the NFL’s worst teams. The Jets went 4-13 in 2020, their first season under coach Robert Saleh, and finished last in the AFC East for the fifth time in six years. Only two AFC teams have worse Super Bowl odds, and the Jets haven’t won a September game since 2018.
Undercut by injuries, the Ravens finished 8-9 last season and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2017. Their opener is expected to mark quarterback Lamar Jackson’s first game since he suffered a season-ending ankle injury in mid-December. He’ll duel with quarterback Zach Wilson, the former No. 2 overall draft pick who struggled mightily as a rookie but will have a talented, if inexperienced, supporting cast. Former Ravens star inside linebacker C.J. Mosley, who missed the teams’ 2019 meeting with a groin injury, will lead the defense.
The Ravens haven’t played a road game against a New York-based team since 2016, when they lost to both the Jets and Giants. The Ravens lead the all-time series against the Jets 9-2, including a 42-21 win in 2019.
In Week 2, the Ravens will get their shot at revenge against the Dolphins, who knocked Jackson and the offense off course in a 22-10 upset win in Miami Gardens last season. Miami finished 9-8 last season before a busy offseason that included the firing of coach Brian Flores, the hiring of coach Mike McDaniel, and the addition of star free agents such as wide receiver Tyreek Hill and offensive tackle Terron Armstead.
The league’s full schedule will be announced at 8 p.m. The Ravens also have home games against the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos. They’re also set to face the New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Giants, Bengals, Browns and Steelers on the road.