New York Jets vs. Oakland Raiders - 9/7/14
Oakland Raiders (4-12) at New York Jets (8-8)
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
The Jets look to start the 2014 season on the right foot as they host the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Oakland Raiders have been among the league’s worst teams for more than a decade as they haven’t had a winning season since making the Super Bowl in 2003 and while they have added some pieces to the fold this season there remains very little optimism for the Silver and Black. Oakland went after Matt Schaub in the offseason hoping last year’s dismal effort was an aberration but with concerns around his arm strength and his health and the emergence of rookie Derek Carr in the preseason the Schaub experiment could be a short one if he struggles in the early going if he gets the gig at all. Oakland did bring in Maurice Jones-Drew who will look to prove he isn’t done as one of the game’s top running backs and pairing him with Darren McFadden could be the recipe both of these guys needed and should shore up an Oakland back field that includes all pro full back Marcel Reece. Oakland’s aerial attack will depend largely on Andre Holmes and Denarius Moore but again a large part of their team’s success will be dictated by the quarterback position and I think secretly all Raiders fans are hoping they go with Carr from day one.
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The Jets made some moves in the offseason to better their chances at catching the Patriots in the AFC East as they brought in Eric Decker, Chris Johnson, and Michael Vick and after an 8-8 season a year ago with Geno Smith behind centre the playoffs are within reason for the Jets this season. New York has the luxury of being in a division with the Bills and Dolphins who should struggle this year so a wild card berth is a legitimate possibility but this team is a tough one to sort out as they always seem to play to the level of their competition. New York will have to contend with Justin Tuck and Lamarr Woodley off the end and both Khalil Mack and Sio Moore at linebacker and while I think the Jets have the pieces to run on the Raiders I think this game will be closer than people think. New York’s receiving game is weak and while Oakland’s secondary isn’t something to praise I think they can do enough on specials to keep this game within reason and I see this being a field goal type game in the end.