New York Jets vs. Oakland Raiders Free Pick, Odds, Prediction 9/7/14
Oakland Raiders (0-0) at New York Jets (0-0)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 1:00 pm (MetLife Stadium)
The Line: New York Jets -4.5 -- Over/Under: 40 See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS HD
The Oakland Raiders head to New York on Sunday to face off against Geno Smith and the New York Jets.
The New York Jets were far from impressive last season, but in a year when nobody was really expecting much out of New York, the Jets did show some positive signs for the coming season. New York brought in ex-Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, and what looked to a be a QB competition early in the preseason, Vick famously repotted that he is happy with is backup role in New York. Still, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Jets put in a package or two for Vick, but that remains to be seen. The Jets have always had a strong defense under Ryan, especially in the secondary, but right now, the secondary looks to be the weak spot on this team. New York isn’t going to be able to win games 10-7 all the time, and if New York is going to be competitive this season, the Jets are going to need to put some points up. That means Smith will need to play better than he did in 2013.
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The Oakland Raiders were far from impressive in 2013, and to try and rectify that, the Raiders went out and got Matt Schaub from the Texans. Schaub had a horrible year in Houston last season, and for whatever reason, the Raiders thought he would be a nice stop gap until Carr was ready. Well, that isn’t looking so good. Throughout the preseason Matt McGloin, the kid from Penn State has stole the show in Oakland. It appears as of now that Schaub will be the day one starter in Oakland, however this is the Raiders and really anything is possible. I did however like this past draft for the Raiders, and Oakland picked up Jones from Green Bay this past offseason, a move that will surely help out the wide receiving corps this season. The receivers for the Raiders could have some success against this Jets secondary, but with Schaub throwing the rock around…who knows.
I’m taking the Jets in this spot. I definitely don’t love this New York offense, but the Raiders scare me even more, and I just can’t recommend backing the Raiders right now. Ryan should be able to dial up pressure on Schaub, which will likely turn into at least one ball going the other way. Geno Smith was far from great last season, but at times he looked like a capable starter in the league, and really that’s all the Jets will need here.