It's game time. Raiders are on the field and ready to take on the Jets. Both teams have a few things going for them in this game. The Jets are actually favored by 2.5 points over the Raiders. Most likely because of that whole 12-straight-losses-in-the-eastern-time-zone thing. But really unless the Raiders totally crap the bed, they should be able to win this one.
To get the complete rundown, see the Raiders vs Jets game day guide.
Both teams have their pluses and minuses in this game. I mean aside from the Raiders suffering from east coast jet lag.
Raiders defense has been downright terrible of late. Then again, they so has Geno Smith and the Jets offense.
Raiders have left tackle Jared Veldheer back. Then again, the Jets' best pass rusher is Muhammad Wilkerson and he typically lines up on the opposite side... right across from Lucas Nix and Tony Pashos.
Raiders are without their number one receiver, Denarius Moore. Then again, Andre Holmes is coming off a 7 catch, 136 yard performance last week and makes for a big jump ball target which should help open things up for Rod Streater.
Raiders' Rashad Jennings had the second most rushing yards in the NFL last month, just behind Adrian Peterson. Then again, he is inactive for this game, leaving just Marcel Reece and Taiwan Jones to handle the ball carrying duties. On top of that, the Jets have the number one rush defense in the NFL. This could be trouble.
The one area the Raiders might just have an advantage is at quarterback. Matt McGloin has thrown a great many passes over 20 yards in his three starts this season along with four touchdown passes to two interceptions. He gets the ball out very quickly which has kept him from being sacked in the past two weeks. The Jets secondary is vulnerable and most teams who have played them have had at least one receiver put up good numbers on them.
We know at least five of the Raiders' seven inactives this week: Darren McFadden, Tyvon Branch, Mike Brisiel, Denarius Moore, and Jeremy Stewart.
Hard to say who the Jets' inactives will be considering they are remarkably healthy with no players missing practice this week.
The team has three new faces as well. Called up from the practice squad this week were S Shelton Johnson, CB Chance Casey, and LB Marshall McFadden.