New York Jets

Oakland Raiders vs. New York Jets: 5 Halftime Adjustments for a Jets Victory

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: LaDainian Tomlinson #21of the New York Jets is pushed out of bounds at the one yard line by Tyvon Branch #33 of the Oakland Raiders after a seventy four yard pass catch and run in the first quarter during an NFL football game at the Coliseum September 25, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Aron GlatzerAnalyst ISeptember 25, 2011

The New York Jets have recovered from a sloppy Sunday NFL Week 3 contest against the Oakland Raiders.

If the Jets are going to stay undefeated (currently 2-0), they are going to have to have to make the following adjustments heading into the second half.

5. Need to keep Darren McFadden running between the tackles. When McFadden turns the corner, and gets outside, he's causing fits for the Jets, as he's fast enough to run from Bart Scott and linebacker corps and big enough to take on any of the corners who try to cheat up.

As evidenced by his early 2-yard touchdown run, when he swept out to the right, and again late in the second quarter on a 70-yard touchdown scamper, the Jets defensive ends need to do a better job of pushing him inside.

4. Continue to exploit running back matchups in the receiving game. The Raiders linebackers are having a terrible time staying in front of LaDainian Tomlinson, who has caught for nearly 100 receiving yards in the half. Getting him the ball more in these matchups, and also using him as a decoy, will free up opportunities for other Jets receivers in the second half.

3. Respect Jason Campbell's arm on deep routes. With the Raiders playing from behind, they'll be forced to air it out. The Jets corners and safeties need to be prepared for the second half.

2. Run the ball now that the Raiders defense is wearing down. The Jets owned the time of possession battle in the first half; now it's time to reap the benefits by pounding the ball while the Raiders have their hands on their hips.

1. Sanchez must play smart. The Jets would have even more points had Sanchez not been picked off in the end zone. It's important that he manages the game and doesn't give Oakland unwarranted opportunities in the second half.

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