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Raiders Opposition: New York Jets

Well time to continue my series with the lesser of the two New York teams (even though they're located in Jersey) the New York Jets. The Jets have fallen on hard times, but they have some fairly decent players.

 

Offense: The Jets might have something going on defense. With Shaun Ellis and Gholston teaming up at end, they offer a decent pass rush. Ellis managed only 5 sacks but with the O-Line focusing on Gholston, Ellis might get free. We can't underestimate Ellis in this game. Other than that, there's no big threat in the Jets D-Line (though they did pick up Kris Jenkins) Calvin Pace proved to be a solid linebacker option last season with the Cardinals, couple him with David Harris, and the Jets are fairly solid at LB. Our run game should still get past them regardless. The Jets do lack anything at CB, meaning Russell could have a very good game. The Jets do have one big threat in the secondary. Kerry Rhodes, one of the most underrated safeties in the league. He's good in coverage and does well against the run (very similar to Wilson) If we can manage to avoid him, our offense will have one of their easiest games this season.

 

Defense: The Jets don't have anymore of an offense than they do a defense. Why you might ask. Their O-line. 4th in sacks allowed and 19th. in rushing yards (not too bad actually) They have improved this though acquiring one of the best guards in the league with Alan Faneca. The inside pass rush may have some difficulty with him and Nick Mangold (great center) There's also the matter of Ferguson, who's one of the more consistent blockers in the league. We're gonna need to get a slight blitz going, or focus on the other weaker members of their line. While they have a vastly improved O-Line, they don't have a dominant weapon at quarterback to utilize it. It's a tossup between Clemens, Pennington, and Ainge (who I believe may have a shot) Clemens is who I'd give the nod to. He managed the games better than Chad, has a stronger arm to hit their receivers, and he's got some mobility. But he lacks accuracy, which he's going to need to complete a pass on this secondary. Coles and Cotchery are a good receiving tandem, but not better than Nnamdi and Hall. Our linebackers will dominate Thomas Jones. He's a decent veteran back, but h's losing his edge. Franks and Baker are decent TEs as well (I hear something was up with Baker, but he's still on roster so I'll address him as such) I'm confident that the safeties will deal with them leaving our linebackers to blitz/assist. As long as we get some kind of pressure on the O-line like many other teams managed last year, there's nothing to worry about.

 

Game: Raiders-36 Jets-13  Blowout, no doubt.

 

Next up, we continue with the NFC South with the Saints (or as I like to think of it, one of the more exciting games this season)

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