Oakland Raiders vs. New York Jets: Jets' Week 1 Game Preview

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Oakland Raiders vs. New York Jets: Jets' Week 1 Game Preview
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After months of anticipation, the 2014 NFL season is finally upon us. 

The New York Jets, coming off a 2-2 preseason, enter the regular season hoping to qualify for the postseason for the first time in four years. 

The team upgraded several positional units this offseason, specifically on the offensive side of the ball, with the aim to make a playoff run. 

However, there are still some serious question marks on the roster, such as the secondary and receiving corps. 

We'll finally get to see how good this team really is on Sunday, when the Jets host the rebuilding Oakland Raiders. The Raiders haven't made the playoffs in more than a decade, but they brought in several proven veterans and drafted quarterback Derek Carr this offseason in hopes of ending the franchise's futility. 

The Jets should and need to win this game, as road contests against the Packers, Lions, Chargers and Patriots, as well as home games against the Bears and Broncos, follow. 

How important is Week 1? Since playoffs expanded in '90, 54 percent of teams that started 1-0 reached the postseason; just 25 percent that began 0-1 made it, per Rich Cimini of ESPN New York

This season could be career-defining for both head coach Rex Ryan and quarterback Geno Smith. If Smith can develop into the franchise quarterback he is capable of becoming, the team's upside is limitless. However, another subpar year could lead New York to give up on him as the starting signal-caller as well as Ryan as the leader. 

Gang Green needs to start the year off on the right foot with a victory.

Click through to see a full preview and analysis, as well as a final score prediction, for Sunday's contest at MetLife Stadium. 

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