The Oakland Raiders make their debut at home for the 2017 NFL season against the New York Jets. We’re now in countdown mode, before the Raiders make the move to Las Vegas. The Raiders took care of business out in Nashville, defeating the Titans, 26-16. I admit that I thought the Titans were going to have a hallmark victory in Week 1, but the Raiders played well on both sides of the ball. It was supposed to be a coming out party for Marcus Mariota, but the Raiders made sure that plan was stopped. It’s a big year for Mariota, and it’s a big year for Derek Carr as well. We all know he has the talent, but he’s at a point in his career where he must lead in the playoffs.
Carr didn’t have the chance to do that in 2016. He went down with an injury, and with it, the Raiders’ playoff hopes. If he stays healthy, there are lofty expectations that are going to come in 2017. Not just be good, but get the Raiders to the AFC Championship game. It would be a fitting end to the Oakland era if they could grab a Super Bowl before leaving town. The Raiders moving to Vegas still leaves a little bit of a dirty taste in my mouth, but it is what it is. They will have the opportunity to win another Super Bowl before they pack it up for good.
Most impressive from the Raiders in Week 1 was their defense. Carr and the offense is going to get his, but the need the defense to hold up. So far so good, nullifying a dynamic quarterback who could have caused some damage. Another impressive note to mention was Marshawn Lynch. It didn’t look like he missed a beat. Lynch ran for 76 yards on 18 carries. It’d be quite the dangerous offense if Carr and Lynch lead a balanced Raiders’ attack.
The Jets, on the other hand, are probably best off tanking this season and gun for the number 1 pick in the draft. They aren’t winning anything else, so may as well bomb and have the opportunity to draft Josh Rosen or Sam Darnold. The Jets were beat in all phases of the game last week. Buffalo beat them offensively and defense. We also discovered that Josh McCown is not going to be the answer at quarterback. He threw for 187 yards on 39 attempts, with 2 interceptions and no touchdown. Ouch. We’ll see if it gets better in California on Sunday. Head below for our free Jets vs. Raiders pick.
N.Y. Jets vs. Oakland Raiders Betting Odds:
Jets +13.5 (-110)
vs. Raiders -13.5(-110)
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Jets vs. Raiders Pick:
The Jets were outplayed badly by an average Bills team. They don’t have much of an offense, but the Bills made it work against the Jets. If only they could play them every week. In total, the Bills out gained the Jets by 194 yards. Rushing the football, they were out gained by 154 yards. Matt Forte is finishing up the twilight of his career in a football wasteland. Ideally, the Jets wanted to have Christian Hackenberg a starting quarterback by now, but the idea of that happening is slipping away. He had one good season at Penn State, and from there it’s been amiss for Hackenberg.
LeSean McCoy ran all over the Jets, rushing for 110 yards. Tolbert chipped in with 42 yards and a touchdown. If the Jets have any hope of competing in this game, their defense must bring something to the table to try and slow Carr down. Offensively, I expect this to be a long day at the office for the Jets. The cupboard is bare on offense, with Brandon Powell the only guy who is worth a look. Jermaine Kearse led the Jets in receiving last week with 59 yards. McCown isn’t a good quarterback, but he has virtually no weapons to target. It isn’t a McCown problem, it’s a Jets’ problem.
To add to the Jets long list of issues in this game, they have to travel all the way from the west coast to Oakland for this matchup. After putting up zero resistance against the Bills, I don’t foresee them being too motivated to keep up with the Raiders. Look for another sad day for the Jets’ offense, with the Raiders rolling to a victory. I can’t remember the last time I took a spread this large in the NFL, but I think the pick is justified on the Raiders.
PICK: RAIDERS -13.5 (-110)