New York Jets vs. Oakland Raiders
Date and Time: Sunday, September 17, 2017, 4:05 p.m. ET
Location: Oakland Coliseum
Week 2 Opening NFL Odds at BookMaker.eu: Raiders -13.5, O/U 43.5
Jets vs. Raiders TV Coverage: CBS
The Jets went into the 2017-18 season with the lowest season win total of any team. The number to beat opened at 4.5 and was bet down to 3.5 once New York decided to ship Sheldon Richardson to Seattle in the preseason. While it wasn’t all doom and gloom for the Jets in their Week 1 21-12 loss at Buffalo, there wasn’t much to write home about, or get excited about, either.
New York ended up getting outgained 408-214 with only 38 of those yards coming on the ground. Josh McCown completed 66.7 percent of his passes, but only amassed 187 yards and was picked off twice. He didn’t throw for any touchdowns but did register the team’s only one on a QB sneak. The defense had no answer for Tyrod Taylor who spread his 16 completions around to eight different pass catchers, and it also failed to bottle up LeSean McCoy who got them for 110 yards on 22 carries after combining for just 59 yards in both meetings last season. It’s going to be a long year on both sides of the ball for this rebuilding team.
While the outright win and cover was awesome for the Raiders, the most important aspect to come out of the game was the fact that Derek Carr looked no worse for the wear. He was surgical in his dissection of the Titz completing 22 of 32 passes for 262 yards to go along with a pair of touchdown strikes. He didn’t turn the ball over at all, and bounced right back up when sacked. We know how important he is to the team’s overall success evidenced by the first round exit in last year’s playoffs with him out of the fold.
Tennessee received all types of accolades for the moves made in both the draft and free agency to shore up the offense. That unit was only able to muster 350 total yards on Khalil Mack and the Raiders defense. Most impressive were the 44 yards and no touchdown scampers the defense held DeMarco Murray to a year removed from allowing the former Sooner to gouge it for 114 yards and a score. Oakland ranked amongst the bottom third of the league in defending the run a year ago, but if it’s shored that aspect of the defense up, it will go a long way in competing for the AFC West title in back-to-back seasons.
Players to Watch
The Jets defense had all sorts of issues containing the likes of Marquise Goodwin and George Salas last week allowing the duo to rip their secondary for 201 yards and two touchdowns on only six receptions. New York was middle of the road in the final pass defense standings last season, but the unit as a whole is certain to take a tumble in 2017-18. If Buffalo’s lesser known pass catchers were able to have career days against them, what do you think Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree will be able to do in this one? Game script might dictate both being out of the attack in the second half, but each could go on to have banner days for their fantasy backers through the first 30 minutes should New Yorkbring the same type of pass defense tenacity it brought to Buffalo.
Jets vs. Raiders Picks
The Raiders haven’t had much success against the Jets dating back to 2003 managing wins in just four of 10 tries. A bulk of that stretch was when Oakland marched an embarrassing squad out to the gridiron every passing week, while the Jets were competing for AFC East titles. Those roles are now flipped in a big way, and I have no desire to entertain taking the bevy of points the Jets are receiving at the top NFL sportsbooks in Week 2. Buffalo is still a work in progress and isn’t very good. That had more to do with it struggling to put the Jets away. That won’t be the case with the Raiders who will go for the kill early and likely coast to victory.
Jets vs. Raiders Week 2 ATS Pick: Raiders -13.5 at BookMaker.eu
Jets vs. Raiders Score Prediction: Raiders 31 – Jets 8