Jets offense misfires in opening defeat to Ravens

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York Jets' first regular season game at their New Meadowlands stadium ended in a disappointing 10-9 defeat to the Baltimore Ravens on Monday.

The Jets, who received plenty of attention during the off-season for appearing on a reality show and talking up their Super Bowl chances, failed to score a touchdown in what was a poor display from their offense.

Against an aggressive Ravens defense, New York managed just 174 total yards with quarterback Mark Sanchez completing 10 of 21 pass attempts for only 74 passing yards.

The Jets, who came one win short of a Super Bowl appearance last season, led 6-0 after two field goals but some ill-timed penalties allowed the Ravens to grab the lead before halftime.

New York's Braylon Edwards took a penalty for roughing the kicker during a Baltimore field-goal attempt, giving the Ravens a new set of downs.

On the same series, New York rookie Kyle Wilson was called for pass interference in the end zone while trying to stop T.J. Houshmandzadeh from making a catch, giving the Ravens a new set of downs from the one-yard line.

Baltimore running back Willis McGahee rushed it in three plays later to give the Ravens a 7-6 lead at the half. They added a field goal in the third quarter, which proved to be enough against a sputtering Jets offense.

Sanchez was unable to lead his team to a game-winning touchdown and all the Jets could manage was a fourth-quarter field goal that pulled them to within one point.

"But I know we can better. That's the challenge for us - we have to get better and I believe we will," he said.

"I thought we were disciplined, I thought we were poised, I thought we played with fundamental soundness," said Harbaugh.

"Our defense was lights out. It is a compliment to our team to play that kind of football team in that kind of environment and play with that kind of poise."

(Reporting by Simon Evans in Miami; Editing by Frank Pingue)