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When New York Has the Ball:
The Jets have won football games this season, but not with the dynamic run game that many expected in the preseason. The Jets have been winning on the arm of Mark Sanchez.
Sanchez to Santonio Holmes has been a deadly combination in New York, and it's one the Raiders will try to stop.
I kid you not; this may be the game of the week.
Oakland's strength lies in their defensive line—the Jets weakness is their offensive line (particularly the right side), with center Nick Mangold out. Oakland will be able to pressure Sanchez, something he hasn't seen much this season.
The Jets would love to have a big week from Shonn Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson after watching Fred Jackson tear through the Raider defense.
When Oakland Has the Ball:
The New York Jets defense isn't as good as you might think. The secondary is dangerous, but that plays well for the Oakland team that struggles to throw the ball.
The Raiders will feature a heavy set of runs from Darren McFadden, Marcel Reece and Michael Bush. If I'm calling the plays in Oakland, I would want to limit the team to less than 20 pass attempts. If Oakland can do that, it means they're winning the game.
New York's run defense has been breakable this year; they're allowing just 88 yards per game, but they also played in one blowout that had Jacksonville chucking the ball downfield as much as possible. Oakland will be able to move the football on the ground. Guaranteed.
Prediction: Oakland 21, New York 17
The first upset of the week, the New York Jets struggle offensively on the road in Oakland and lose a ball control, old-school football game to the Raiders.