New York Jets (0-1; 0-1 ATS: 0-1 O/U) vs. Oakland Raiders (1-0; 1-0 ATS: 0-1 O/U)
NFL Week Two: Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 4:05pm EST
Line: Oakland -13.5
The Oakland Raiders will host the New York Jets in an AFC battle Sunday afternoon from the Oakland Coliseum. The Jets are coming off a 21-12 road loss to the Bills, and the Raiders defeated the Titans 26-16 on the road last week. The Raiders defeated the Jets by a 34-20 score in the latest meeting back in the 2015 season.
Jets Offense Stumbles in Loss to Bills
The New York Jets could not generate any offense in their 21-12 road loss to the Bills last weekend. Josh McCown was not sharp, completing 26 of 39 passes for 187 yards with zero touchdowns and two interceptions. The 38-year old QB posted a 6:6 TD to INT ratio in five games with the Browns last season. The Jets running game struggled as well, rushing for only 38 yards on 15 carries. Matt Forte was only able to collect 16 yards on his six carries. Forte will be sharing the workload with Bilal Powell this season. Powell showed some potential last season, recording 722 rushing yards and averaged 5.5 yards per carry. Jermaine Kearse had a strong afternoon, making seven grabs for 59 yards in his first game in a Jets uniform. The 27-year old wide receiver brought in 511 receiving yards with the Seahawks last season. Overall, the Jets offense was sloppy last week, and this team will have trouble scoring points all season.
The New York defense had trouble stopping the run, conceding a total of 190 rushing yards and 408 total yards. The Jets rush defense is supposed to be a strong point but that was not the case in week one. Juston Burris did make an interception off Tyrod Taylor and also deflected a pass. The 24-year old cornerback only made one pick all of last season.
Carr Leads Raiders to Big Road Win
The Oakland Raiders outplayed the Titans both offensively and defensively in their solid 26-16 road win last week. Derek Carr was outstanding, completing 22 of his 32 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns with no picks. The 26-year old quarterback had a monster 2016 season, throwing for over 3900 yards with a 28:6 TD to INT ratio and this year could be even better. Marshawn Lynch was solid in his Raiders debut, collecting 76 yards on 18 carries. The 31-year old power running back has rushed for over 1000 yards six times in his career, and could take the Raiders offense to the next level. Michael Crabtree did his usual damage, making six catches for 83 yards. The nine-year veteran accumulated just over 1000 receiving yards for the second time of his career last season. This Raiders offense is going to be a powerhouse that will give many teams trouble all season.
The Raiders defense was outstanding as well, holding the dynamic Mariota to no passing touchdowns. The Raiders also held Tennessee to a 1 for 3 mark in the red zone. Khalil Mack made two tackles for a loss in the win. Mack made 11 sacks last season. The Raiders defense will be facing a Jets offense that did not look good last week.
The New York Jets are:
- 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games in Oakland.
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record.
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in September.
The Oakland Raiders are:
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in September.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
- home team is 7-2-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings between the Jets and Raiders.
I have to go with the Raiders in this one. The Raiders should take this one in a huge blow out as the Jets will not be able to stop the Oakland offense. The Jets rush defense was awful last week, allowing 190 rushing yards, and they have to face Marshawn Lynch this week. Also the Jets do not have a strong pass defense, so Carr should have his way in the air. In addition, the Jets offense was abysmal last week, rushing for only 38 yards, and McCown tossed two interceptions. The Bills were able to beat the Jets by 9 points last week, so I confident the Raiders can win this by at least two touchdowns.
Pick: Oakland Raiders -13.5
Looks for the Raiders potent offense to light up the scoreboard in this one, and the Jets should at least show some improvement from their week one struggles. Oakland will score several touchdowns and I am confident they can exploit the Jets weaknesses, plus the over is 4-1 in the Raiders last five games against a team with a losing record. The Jets should make some adjustments and get on the board a few times, and the over is 4-1 in the last five meetings between these two teams.