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How can the New York Jets get a West Coast win against a better than expected Oakland Raiders team?
Joe Caporoso – The Jets need to start fast and avoid letting a young Raiders team build confidence in front of their home crowd. Oakland is not short on offensive weapons but the Jets match-up well with them, with Darrelle Revis having the ability to take away Amari Cooper (who has been quiet when not playing terrible defenses) and Michael Crabtree not having the skill set to regularly take advantage of Antonio Cromartie. Latavius Murray is an athletic freak but the Jets have the best run defense in the NFL and while Derek Carr has improved, his accuracy drops substantially when facing a muddled pocket.
On the other side of the ball, Oakland has some talent in their front seven led by Khalil Mack and they are 3rd in the NFL in run defense. However, their secondary can be exploited…to put it lightly. Oakland is ranked dead last in the NFL in passing defense. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker and company need to be able to take advantage of this early and often.
Dalbin Osorio – I think the Jets need to establish Brandon Marshall early and often. I really like how Chan Gailey adjusted to what the Patriots were showing him coverage wise by putting Marshall in the slot, or motioning him out of the backfield to get him away from double coverage. More of that, because like Joe said the Raiders are terrible in the secondary. DJ Hayden has been a bust so far, and they’ve been gashed early and often by multiple QBs.On the defensive side of the ball, the Jets need to repeat what they did last year against Oakland’s OL, and that’s out physical them. Sheldon Richardson had himself a real good day beating up on Austin Howard, and Mo Wilkerson was all over Derek Carr, more of that will go a long way towards making sure the Jets improve to 5-2.
John Hargaden – I always hate traveling here to Oakland. It is a totally different atmosphere than an other stadium. These are loyal fans who have backed their team for years, this will not be a easy game.
I believe a lot of people are hyping up this Oakland team. Have they had some nice flashes here and there? Yes, however they have played some banged up and injured teams. The main key for the Jets is to stop Amari Cooper, Revis will be on him for a majority of the game. It will be Cooper’s first stop at Revis Island. Other than Cooper, Latavius Murray at RB has had a decent season however the Jets come in to this game as top in the league in run defense. Derek Carr has had a pretty nice year so far for Oakland and the Jets defense must establish pressure off of the front four and have Carr moving around the pocket early and force him into some bad decisions.
The Raiders have the worst pass defense in the league. Look for the Jets to throw often and exploit that rough secondary. Justin Tuck, former Giant and former 49er Aldon Smith are on their revamped defensive line. The Jets need to control the line of scrimmage and allow Fitzpatrick time to get rid of the ball. Running the ball was a issue for the Jets against NE, hopefully the return of Bilal Powell and the potential activation of Stevan Ridley can help Ivory, who struggled last week with what looked like a hamstring injury.