It’s Week 8 and the New York Jets surprisingly look pretty good, and perhaps even more surprising is that their opponents, the Oakland Raiders also look quite good. While the Jets enter at 4-2, Oakland sits at 2-3 but have shown some real impressive things of late. Derek Carr looks excellent, especially last week vs. San Diego, and maybe just maybe, the tide is starting to turn a bit for the Raiders franchise. This will be an intriguing battle between two teams that are definitely on the upswing. A loss would definitely derail their recent runs of success – making this a pivotal clash for both teams. Read on below for a detailed game breakdown and an official score prediction for the Jets vs. the Raiders.
Jets vs. Raiders Betting Odds:
New York Jets -3 (-110)
@ Oakland Raiders +3 (-110)
Over 44 (-115)
Under 44 (-105)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Jets vs. Raiders Pick:
Much is being made about the Raiders destroying San Diego last week – perhaps a little too much. There’s way too much praise for Derek Carr and his Raiders teammates going around. All of this is a tad premature. That’s because the Chargers have a brutal defense – one that ranks 28th in the NFL in passing yards conceded per attempt. The Jets rank 1st in that regard, and enter Week 8 as one of the best defensive units in all of football. Moving the chains through the air on this team is going to be very difficult for Oakland, and it remains to be seen if the silver and black can do this consistently.
Making matters even worse for Carr and the Oakland offense is the fact that Latavius Murray likely won’t be all that helpful this week running from the backfield. That’s because, the Jets also rank first in the NFL in this area too! They’re simply the best at conceding the fewest yards per carry and it’s not really close compared to the other 31 teams in the league. New York only gives up an average of 3.07 yards per carry – a staggering figure. Last week New England only managed one rushing yard vs. the Jets – yes, one! This Jets defense is for real and Todd Bowles has them playing out of their mind right now. Expect yet another solid outing from the Jets defense, one that gives their offense a chance to hang around and sneak out a road victory.
On the other side of the football, the Jets have some concerns of their own on offense. It appears that center Nick Mangold is doubtful for this contest. He’s a huge part of that O-Line and losing him will be difficult for their blocking schemes and protection for Ryan Fitzpatrick. That said, Chris Ivory is still a talented back running behind any O-Line and should still be able to find some holes. The Raiders are average run-stoppers, and with how great Ivory has been all season, you know he’ll make some sort of impact on Sunday.
Against the pass, the Raiders aren’t very good either. But it’ll be key to set up and pound Ivory so the Raiders focus on this – allowing Fitzpatrick some good time and space to find his talented targets downfield. Oakland enters with the 22nd ranked pass defense in all of the NFL, giving up 304 passing yards per game. Nobody on Oakland can match up with Decker and Marshall, so look for Fitzpatrick to play within his self – making simple plays and managing the Jets to a comfortable road victory.
The Jets showed what they were capable of last week vs. a dominant New England team. They took them right to the wire and deserved a closer scoreline in the end. Even though Oakland is an improved group, the Jets are more talented at most positions and should be able to pull away in the second half. Ivory is too much to handle in the trenches, and this will definitely open things up through the air for the Jets. Look for the Jets to get a big road win on Sunday.
PICK = Jets -3 (-110)