TOJ Know Your Opponent: New York Jets Week 2

Dalbin Osorio with a Know Your Opponent on the Oakland Raiders

After losing a winnable game last week in Buffalo, the Jets now travel to Oakland to take on a possible playoff team for their home opener. The Jets are rightfully underdogs as they have to try and figure out how to contain Marshawn Lynch and a very good offensive line a week after struggling with Lessan McCoy and an average unit. Let’s get to know the Jets Week 2 opponent.

Offense

QB: Derek Carr (22/32, 262 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs)

RB: Marshawn Lynch (18 carries, 76 yards, 4.2 yards per carry)

FB: Jamize Olawale

WR: Amari Cooper (73 receptions, 804 yards, 3 touchdowns)

WR: Michael Crabtree

TE: Jared Cook (57 receptions, 552 yards, 4 TDs)

LT: Donald Penn

LG: Kelechi Osamele

C: Rodney Hudson

RG: Gabe Jackson

RT: Marshall Newhouse

Key Acquisitions

RB Marshawn Lynch (via trade), TE Jared Cook (via free agency)

Key Departures

RB Latavius Murray, RT Austin Howard

Analysis

Offensive line was very good in pass protection, as Carr was only sacked twice last year: Marshall Newhouse is the weak link, and Leonard Williams versus him will go a long way towards determining if the Jets really have a shot to win: Michael Crabtree continues to be the most consistent WR in the group, as he had an 85% catch rate, compared to Amari Cooper’s 38% catch rate (no Bama fans, this doesn’t mean Crabtree is better): Jared Cook caught all 5 of his targets last week, and the Jets struggled with Charles Clay last week: outside of those three, no one else saw anything over two targets as the offense was funneled through them.

Defense

RE: Mario Edwards (.5 sack)

NT: Justin Ellis (.5 sacks)

LDT: Eddie Vanderdoes

LE: Khalil Mack (reigning Defensive Player of the Year)

SLB: Bruce Irvin

MLB: Marquel Lee

WLB: Cory James

RCB: Sean Smith

SS: Karl Joseph

FS: Reggie Nelson

LCB: David Amerson

Key Acquisitions

None

Key Departures

None

Analysis

Gave up 255 in the air last week to the Titans despite Marcus Mariota throwing it 41 times: cause for concern in that they gave up 4.5 yards per carry: defense did not force any turnovers last week: defense also gave up drives of an average of 8 plays, 40 yards, and 3 minutes in TOP, which shows that the Titans moved the ball on the defense but could not score: quiet game for Khalil Mack against All-Pro Taylor Lewan, but will be a tough matchup for Kelvin Beachum.

Special Teams

K: Giorgio Tavecchio (4/4 on FGs)

P: Marquette King (52.7 yards per punt, long of 59)

KR: Cordarelle Patterson (41 yards a return)

PR: Jalen Richard (2.5 Yards Per Punt Return)

Photo Credit: NewYorkJets.com 

Author: Dalbin Osorio

Dalbin Osorio is a Case Planner for Graham-Windham, New York's oldest child welfare agency. He is, also, a student at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Dalbin graduated from Monroe College with a degree in Business Administration. A 3 sport utility man in high school (think a mix of Jerome WIlliams, Brad Smith, and Jayson Nix), he joined TOJ in 2013.