The Jets (0-1) at the Oakland Raiders (1-0) at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum in Oakland, on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 4:05 p.m. ET.
Coverage on SNY:
- Jets Pre-Game Live at 12:00 p.m.
- Jets Halftime Live on Facebook.com/SNY
- Jets Post-Game Live immediately following the game
- Jets Post Game Overtime on SNY.tv & Facebook.com/SNY following Jets Post Game Live
A fantastic day is expected with lots of sun and temperatures in the low 70s. There could be a strong breeze, but that's about it.
WHAT IT MEANS
One game can be dismissed as an aberration. Two games would be a trend. So for the Jets, this is less about winning than it is about showing they have the capacity to win. Their defense was disappointing and their offense was a disaster in Week 1. Can they show any improvement? Do they have the weapons to move the football a little faster? Can they generate a pass rush? The Raiders are a much better team. The Jets probably aren't going to win. But they can -- at least in theory -- show signs of life.
PLAYER TO WATCH
Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson: He was a complete non-factor against the Bills last week (just two tackles against a team that likes to run the ball and very little pressure) and a big reason why the Jets' defense was such a disappointment. They need the defense to carry this team given the horrid state of their offense, and the defensive line needs to be the catalyst. No, he wasn't alone in his Week 1 problems, but remember the context: The Jets essentially chose Wilkerson over Sheldon Richardson, whom they traded to Seattle on cut-down day. It's up to Wilkerson to prove the Jets made the right move.
MATCHUP TO WATCH
Jets CBs Morris Claiborne and Buster Skrine vs. Raiders WRs Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree: The Raiders receiving duo is the real deal. They both topped 80 catches and 1,000 yards last season, and they combined for 11-145-1 on Opening Day (which for them isn't great). With a very good, emerging quarterback in Derek Carr on their side, they will represent a much bigger test for the Jets' new-look secondary, which wasn't really challenged by the run-first Bills last week. The Raiders may run first too behind Marshawn Lynch, but they're not afraid to go deep or rely on their passing game either. Skrine struggled against the Bills, though the most obvious times were when LeSean McCoy slipped out of the backfield. This will be a more traditional game for him and Claiborne and will give the Jets a better sense of whether their corners are better than they were last year.
The Buffalo Bills represented one of the most winnable games on the Jets' schedule, and though they were in the game most of the way, they didn't really put up much of a fight. That's alarming. Also alarming: The complete disappointment of their defense. Yes, the offense was worse, but that was expected. And now the Jets step way, way, way up in class. The Raiders are a legitimate contender in the AFC with an elite quarterback, two terrific receivers, a revived Lynch at running back and a strong defense. Plus, the Jets have to travel across the country and The Black Hole in Oakland is one of the toughest places in the league to play.
All that is working against the Jets. But the football reasons to be worried are the Raiders' ability to pressure the quarterback, which will keep the Jets -- again -- from going downfield. That means more dink-and-dunk in a game in which they'll need many more points than they had last week to keep up. Unless the Jets' defense, particularly its front seven, reverses a year-long trend, both Carr and Lynch could be in for huge games. The Jets' best bet? Running an efficient, ball-control attack to hold the football for long periods of time and avoid any catastrophic turnovers. Even then, though, the Raiders are just too good for that to work. It's hard to see a scenario where the Jets win barring a miraculous, team-wide turnaround from what they showed all summer long and again last week. … Raiders 35, Jets 10.
MY RECORD: 0-1
MY RECORD WHEN PICKING JETS TO WIN: 0-1
MY RECORD WHEN PICKING JETS TO LOSE: N/A