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New York Jets vs. Oakland Raiders: 5 Halftime Adjustments for the Raiders to Win

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders tosses the ball away after scoring on a two yard touchdown run against the New York Jets in the first quarter during an NFL football game at the O.co Coliseum September 25, 2011 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Aron GlatzerAnalyst ISeptember 25, 2011

The Oakland Raiders (1-1) started out hot but have struggled offensively against the New York Jets in Week 3 of the NFL season.

The Raiders' defense continues to keep them in the game, but if they are going to upset one of the best teams in the AFC, they are going to have to make the following halftime adjustments.

5. Wrap-up! Missed tackles are always a killer, but two crucial misses in which the Raiders aimed high instead of low, allowed LaDainian Tomlinson to escape danger on a screen. Instead of a gain of two, Tomlinson broke free down the sideline 74-yards to the 1-yard line.

After forcing the Raiders to punt, Jeremy Kearly returned the ball 53 yards, partially due to a couple poor tackle attempts by the Raiders coverage team.

4. Continue to get Darren McFadden outside. All of their offense is predicated on McFadden doing damage on the outside. He's too fast for the Jets' linebackers and too strong for the corners and safeties coming up in coverage.

3. Matching up with Jets running backs in the secondary. Every time the Jets see LT matched up with a linebacker, Mark Sanchez is getting him the ball behind his defender. They need a safety to cheat up and help, leaving the corners 1-on-1 with Jets receivers on certain play.

2. Less soft zones, giving Mark Sanchez passing lanes over the middle. Sanchez hasn't thrown much downfield or to the sidelines. It's right up the middle where he's had success, as the Raiders are leaving some soft zones for receivers to sit in.

1. Offense needs to give the defense time to rest. The Jets are absolutely owning time of possession, and if the Raiders can't string a couple time-consuming drives together, the Jets running game will wear the Raiders down in the fourth quarter.

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