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Jets vs Raiders Preview/Injuries/Predictions

Raiders offense vs Jets Defense 

Everyone knows the Jets have a very good defense and the raiders have a very good running offense. The Jets' defense is 9th in the league vs the run allowing 88 rushing yards per game.  The Raiders' offense is 4th in rushing per game, averaging 160 yards per contest.

The Raiders will have the advantage on the ground with the top end speed from the backs. The Jets run a 3-4, and have a very slow front 7. The front seven can lay the wood but struggle with keeping up with faster players. The Raiders will have to hold blocks just a little longer and seal off the edges and it can be off to the races for McFadden and company.

Jason Campbell will have to pass the ball fairly decent or they will easily see 8 or more players in the box. The two targets that will help the Raiders move the ball through the air will be rookie Denarius Moore who exploded on the NFL scene last week vs Buffalo with 146 yards and one touchdown on five catches. Then the debut of tight end Kevin Boss who came over from the New York Giants in the offseason.

Jets offense vs Raiders Defense

Jets go into this game without All-Pro Center Nick Mangold and look to rookie center Colin Baxter. He is taking over Nick's spot, where he called all the protections for that Jets offensive line. Baxter will call some of the protection schemes along with left guard Matt Slauson, but with the noise of the "black hole" and seeing constant pressure from the Raiders defensive line it could be a tough outing for the rookie.

This offense will still try to run the ball against the Raiders but lets face it the backfield for New York has been terrible this year. Only averaging 73 yards per game and one rushing touchdown through 2 games, the Jets will have to pass to win this game.

The Jets rank 13th in passing with 248 passing yards per game and have 4 passing touchdowns and 3 interceptions so far this season. Sanchez is turnover prone when he is being pressured, so if Oakland's front four is having some difficulty look for some extra pressure from the linebackers or defensive backs.

Oakland's Special Team Whiffs 

With Oakland's poor returns on Sunday vs the Bills the Raiders severely need to shake things up this Sunday vs the Jets because field position will be key in this match-up.

Nick Miller in my opinion should be side lined until further notice because Taiwan Jones/Denarius Moore couldn't be any worse and they are way better playmarkers then Miller.

Hue Jackson hasn't  named Taiwan Jones or Denarius Moore as return specialists, but notes if he was going to do so, doing it at home is a good idea. So I look forward to seeing Denarius Moore return punts and Taiwan Jones to MOST CERTAINLY return kickoffs vs Jets.

Injury Update for Both Teams

Oakland Raiders

Jacoby Ford still out with a hamstring injury
Darrius Heyward-Bey practiced Friday and is likely to play
Louis Murphy still out with a groin injury

New York Jets

Santonio Holmes(quadricep) was limited in practice on Friday but expects to play Sunday
Nick  Mangold is out indefinitelywith a ankle injury

Stat Predictions for Both Teams

Oakland Raiders
Jason Campbell: 215 yards passing/1 passing td/1 interception
Darren McFadden: 95 yards rushing/1 rushing td/40 yards receiving/3 receptions
Denarius Moore: 65 yards receiving/15 yards rushing/1 receiving td
Kevin Boss: 40 yards receiving/4 receptions
Michael Bush/Marcel Reece:  25 yards rushing/50 yards receiving/8 receptions
Stanford Routt: 1 interception
Richard Seymour/Tommy Kelly: 10 tackles/3 sacks/3 tackles for loss

New York Jets  Mark Sanchez: 240 yards passing/2 passing tds/1 interception
Shonn Greene/Ladainian Tomlinson: 90 yards rushing/40 yards receiving/1 rushing td
Santonio Holmes: 120 yards receiving/8 receptions/ 1 receiving td
Dustin Keller: 45 yards receiving/6 receptions
Darrelle Revis: 1 interception
Bart Scott: 7 tackles/2 sacks

Final Prediction

Oakland 23 New York 20


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