NFL Week 2: New York Jets vs Oakland Raiders Preview and Prediction

The Raiders look to go to 2-0 in their home opener against the Jets, who are trying to prove they're not the league's doormat.


Week 1 recap

The Jets stayed close for much of their opener against Buffalo before eventually succumbing in a 21-12 defeat. New York couldn’t get anything going on the ground, as Bilal Powell and Matt Forte were constantly stymied in the backfield. Josh McCown threw for 187 yards and ran for the team’s only touchdown, but he also threw two costly interceptions. The Jets had a chance to tie the game after McCown’s TD run, but a two-point conversion failed. Buffalo put together a long fourth-quarter drive that resulted in the score that put the game away.

Oakland found an unlikely hero in their 26-16 season opening win at Tennessee. It was kicker Giorgio Tavecchio, who was only called into duty this week because longtime kicker Sebastian Janikowski was injured. Tavecchio booted four field goals, including two 52-yarders, to help the Raiders convert their drives into points. His last came after Oakland killed three minutes of the clock and put the team two scores ahead with just a minute to play. Derek Carr threw for 262 yards and a pair of scores, while Marshawn Lynch ran for 76 yards in his return from retirement.

Key areas

Quarterback Under Siege – Josh McCown’s play at quarterback wasn’t too bad in Week 1, except, that is, for two interceptions. The Jets are going to be at a disadvantage against just about every team they play this season in terms of talent, so they can’t afford to give the ball away. Alas, McCown could be hard-pressed to avoid those turnovers this week, as the Raiders have a front line led by Khalil Mack just aching for some sacks after they were largely held in check by Tennessee’s front five.

We Gotta Run – For the Jets to have any chance, they have to establish some sort of a running game. Against a Buffalo defense that was torched by the run a year ago, they could only scrape together 38 yards on 15 carries. The Raiders held the Titans, one of the best running teams in football, under 100 yards on the ground in their opener. Somehow, someway, the Jets have to find some lanes for Matt Forte and Bilal Powell.

Finish It Off – The Raiders moved the ball effectively pretty much all game long against Tennessee, with Derek Carr spreading the ball around and Marshawn Lynch bruising through defenders on the ground in his return from retirement. But they had to settle for four field goals and just two touchdowns. That made for a good story about replacement kicker Giorgio Tavecchio, but it’s certainly not the way Oakland wants to operate all season.

Matchup to Watch

Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch vs. Jets ILB’s Darron Lee and Demario Davis – This will be Lynch’s debut in front of his hometown fans in Oakland, so you can bet coach Jack Del Rio will feed him early and often, especially around the goal line. Lee and Davis were in on a lot of tackles last week, combining for 24, but too often those tackles came too far down the field, as LeSean McCoy had a big day against them.

Fantasy football tip

Raiders WR Seth Roberts – This is strictly a DFS suggestion, as Roberts simply doesn’t get enough targets to garner a look in redraft leagues. But if you really want to go cheap at one receiver position in your daily leagues, Roberts, who catches a higher percentage of touchdowns per reception than just about anyone else, could be the way to go. After all, the Raiders should have plenty of scoring opportunities in this one.

Prediction: Oakland Raiders 38-10 New York Jets

This one is a total mismatch, and the Raiders should dominate on their way to a convincing victory.

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Jim Beviglia

Jim is a freelance writer concentrating on music and sports. He is the author of four books and writes for several online and print publications. He lives in Old Forge, Pennsylvania with his wife Marie and his daughter Daniele.

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