Well first off, it has been a while since I have actually wrote on here so bear with me. It's Week 3 and already we have learned so much about the NFL. I learned that Fitzpatrick can throw the ball, the Lions are for real without having their first-round pick in yet, and the Raiders still find a way to be the Raiders. Without further ado, let's begin.
The Oakland Raiders are a 1-1 team this season and are a few inches away from 2-0. They have been asked to win games in the fourth quarter and have done pretty well on the offensive side of the ball.
Week 1 was all about Darren McFadden. He torched the Denver Broncos for 150 yards. McFadden picked up right where 2010 left off, and he shows no signs of stopping. In Week 2 against the Bills, he gained another 72 yards rushing and one touchdown. In addition, he had seven catches for 71 yards and ANOTHER touchdown. At the same time, you need to take the good with the bad—he did have a huge fumble. With that being said, the Jets have one of the best run defenses in the league, and rarely get burned by a runner. But there is just something about McFadden as a running back that I love to see. I think he will put somewhere between 80-110 yards and at least one touch down this week.
The Raiders are going to be relying on McFadden more because of the Jets secondary. Revis and Cromartie are arguably the best cornerback tandem in the league. Revis essentially erases your best receiver from the game (which isn't saying much since the Raiders don't have too many great wide outs). As a Raider fan I am used to seeing Cro in his powder blue charger uniform making these interceptions that just killed us. Now in his green and white, I think he is even more dangerous just based on the players around him. You are forced to throw at him because nobody wants to visit Revis Island. As bad as the Jaguars are, four picks in a game is still four picks. Not many teams can have games like that.
The Raiders secondary is iffy at best since losing Nnamdi Asomugha to the Eagles (which by the way, Al Davis, how do you not even offer Nnamdi a contract?). Stanford Routt is working to earn that paycheck of his. After two weeks (yes, I know it is only two weeks) Routt is leading the league in burn rate. He has been targeted 14 times and only gave up four catches. When compared to Nnamdi, who has been targets six times, giving up three catches at 50 percent, and Revis who has been target nine times, giving up three catches, it is impressive. At the same time, he will be tested this week when facing the Jets' wideouts.
Plaxico Burress was held without a catch last week, but I expect that to change this week. With the Jets' nonexistent run game and the loss of Nick Mangold, New York will be forced to put the game on the shoulders of Mark Sanchez. If he throws an interception or two like he did against the Jaguars the Jets are in for a long day. The Raiders are by no means the same team they were two years ago when Sanchez had time to eat a hot dog on the sideline. Both teams have a lot to prove—the Raiders want to get the taste out of their mouths of blowing a 21-3 lead at half to the Bills, whereas the Jets need this win to gain the momentum for their next few weeks on the road.
After all that being said. here are my predictions:
Oakland Raiders 28, New York Jets 27
McFadden will break a 100-yard rushing.
Campbell will manage the game and still end up with zero interceptions.
Denarius Moore will prove that last week was no fluke.