A Matchup by Matchup Look at the Oakland Raiders vs. New York Jets

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A Matchup by Matchup Look at the Oakland Raiders vs. New York Jets
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It will be strength versus strength as the Raiders' offensve, powered by multi-dimensional running back Darren McFadden, tries to muscle its way past the Jets' defense.

On Sunday, the Oakland Raiders will play their home opener in front of a sellout crowd at the O.co Coliseum. They face a familiar foe: the New York Jets. Oakland has not faced the Jets since their 38-0 loss in 2009, a game made famous because of then rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez's decision to devour a hot dog on the sidelines during the rout.

Their rivalry dates back to the days of the AFL, but was rekindled in the early 2000s when the Raiders bounced the Jets from the playoffs in two consecutive years. Since then, save for a win against the Brett Favre led Jets of 2008, the Jets have had the advantage in the matchup.

The Jets, however, have not faced this incarnation of the Oakland Raiders yet. While their win in 2009 came against Tom Cable, JaMarcus Russell was still under center and Darren McFadden had not yet emerged as one of the premiere running backs in the National Football League.

Both teams are fresh off of very different outcomes last Sunday. Last week, the Raiders lost in heartbreaking fashion against the upstart Buffalo Bills on a last second touchdown pass, while the Jets easily handled the Jacksonville Jaguars.

I said last year during the Raiders' potential playoff run that the Jets were the only playoff caliber team that the Raiders could beat. Let's take a look at how the two teams match up. As always, I will give my prediction in the final slide.

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