The New York Jets, a team with a “top two” defense will travel west this Sunday to compete against the Oakland Raiders, a squad with a young franchise quarterback, Derek Carr and young, improving players on offense and defense.
The Jets, with a Won-Loss record of 4-2 find themselves in second place in the East Division of the American Football Conference (AFC), two games behind the unbeaten New England Patriots. The Oakland Raiders, a member of the West Division of the same American Football Conference, currently sport a Won-Loss record of 3-3 which has them in second place, three full games behind the undefeated Denver Broncos.
The visiting Jets and the home team Raiders are, at this point in the season, squads with legitimate chances of making it into the postseason. They will have to keep winning games to reach that coveted goal, of course and that makes this Sunday’s confrontation extremely important.
Each conference awards two teams with “wild Card” invitations. If the season were to end today, the New York Jets would get one of those invitations while the Oakland Raiders would be “sent packing” on an early winter vacation.
The team from northern California has not made a playoff appearance in many years. It is a young and hungry squad that wants to taste success. This team understands that the visiting New York Jets present an obstacle to that success and it will be highly motivated to put a “W” on the board for itself and for its loyal fans.
It won’t be easy. New York has, arguably, the best defensive front line in the entire National Football League (NFL). They “bring the heat” with frequent blitzes that are designed to make the opposing quarterback uncomfortable. Additionally, this top level defense has been eliminating the “running games” of opponents since the 2015-2016 Season began.
The bottom line is that the squad from “the Big Apple” is stingy when it comes to giving up points. For its part, Oakland has done a good job, too, in controlling the offensive production of the teams it meets on the gridiron.
But the Raiders will have to play an emotionally-charged game to stop the visitors from scoring this Sunday. The Jets came up short last week against the New England Patriots in a game in which they led in the fourth quarter.
Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will be throwing passes to superstar wide receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker while running back Chris Ivory punches his way through holes to loosen up Oakland’s defense.
It figures to be a competitive game that can be won by either team. It should be entertaining and exciting, as well, because this contest can provide a much needed win for both teams.
Courtesy of Bleacher Report