For the first time this season, the Jets will hit the road and travel to Oakland for a Week 3 contest against the Raiders. The Jets (2-0) blew out the Jaguars, 32-3 last week while the Raiders (1-1) lost a heartbreaker to the Bills in Buffalo. The team who runs the ball more effectively will win this game. Here are three reasons why the Jets will suffer their first defeat on Sunday afternoon at 4:05 PM.


Will The Classless Jets Stop DMC?

1. The Run Game

You can say whatever you want about offensive line depth, but losing center Nick Mangold is a crushing blow to the Jets offensive line. Even with Mangold in the lineup, the Jets have failed to set the tone with their run game.

On the other side, the Raiders gave way to 217 rushing yards last week to the BIlls, so the Jets really have no excuses this week. Sure Lamarr Houston and Richard Seymour are going to be putting pressure on all game long, but the Jets run game is better than the Bills.

Watch the hell out for Darren McFadden. McFadden has copiled 222 yards on the ground so far and added another 70 through the air last week. McFadden is a Top 5 running back in the NFL right now and the Jets linebacking core needs to make it their priority to stop the former Arkansas Razorback. They already accomplished this feat to another Razorback (Felix Jones) in Week 1.

Whoever controls the ground game will win this game. Both teams lean on the run so much that it’s almost a given.

2. Special Teams

The Raiders have the best kicker/punter combo in the league. Sebastian Janikowski can knock down a field goal from almost anywhere while Shane Lechler is one of the best punters in the league. If you watched the first Monday night game, you’ll know that the Raiders committ a ton of penalties. Look for their special teams play to bail them out. Don’t get me wrong, Nick Folk has been pretty good this year, but the Raider special teams are on a different level.

3. Gut Feeling

Sometimes, you just have to go with your gut. For me, I just see the Jets losing this week. Couple the injuries with explosive Darren McFadden and the flight to California and I think the Jets are ready to go down. Yes, the Raiders gave up a ton of yards on the ground last week, but the Jet run game hasn’t done anything so far this year. Look for Seymor, Wimbley, and other to put the pressure on Sanchez early and often.

Match-Up To Watch: WR Denarius Moore vs. CB Darrelle Revis

The Raiders don’t have a true #1 wide receiver for Darrelle Revis to defend. Rookie Denarius Moore was great last week, hauling in 147 yards. Revis will probably play man coverage on Moore so expect a good battle between a hungry, talented rookie and a grizzled vet.

Raiders 13
Jets 10