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Jets head West for a tricky game with the Raiders

Posted By Fran Berkman On Sep 23 2011 @ 12:36 pm In New York Jets | No Comments

Jets head West for a tricky game with the Raiders

Wave goodbye to the Jets. This week Gang Green embarks on a three game road trip, in which the latter two are real doozies (@Baltimore, @New England). This next one is one of those games. The type that makes you nervous if you’re a fan.

The Raiders (1-1) certainly aren’t a team that is going to dazzle you with the names on their depth chart. At the same time, they are no longer the laughing stock they had become ever since getting smashed in the 2002 Super Bowl. Basically, they are a decent team that can steal a game from a better team if said better team does not play up to their capabilities.

Three reasons why the Jets might not play up to their capabilities this week:

1-Nick Mangold is probably not going to play (or even make the trip with the team). Mangold is the glue that holds the offensive line together. When he left the game last week, Sanchez was running for his life almost every play. Both Sanchez and Shonn Greene took huge hits due to mistaken snaps and poor protection. The Raiders sacked Kyle Orton five times in week one, but did not record a sack last week against Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Bills. Clearly they’re a team that can get to the quarterback if the protection is not tight.

2-Any trip across the country can prove challenging for a NFL team.  It has to be tough flying first class, or probably on a private plane, and then staying in a nice hotel. Not sure about this one, but it’s a reality. The last time the Jets went to Oakland in 2009, they won 38-to-0. This Raider’s team is one much more acclimated with winning games than the JaMarcus Russell led ’09 team.

3-If ever there was a trap game in the NFL, this is it. The following two weeks, the Jets are on the road facing the elite of the AFC. The following two weeks could make or break the Jets chances to win the division. The Jets need to remember that losing this week could break their season too so they need to focus on the task at hand.

Based purely on talent, the Jets should win this one by double digits. It’s probably not going to be a laugher like the Luke McCown joke last week, but look for Rex to have the troops motivated and for the Jets to win this one going away. Imagine two straight weeks without the cardiac Jets showing up. Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves.


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