Jack Del Rio will tell you the Raiders aren’t taking the Jets lightly, but week two offers the closest thing to a cupcake in the NFL. The Jets are tanking. They have no playmakers, nothing to cause fear.
The Raiders and Titans each managed to avoid giving the ball away in week one. Offensively, the Raiders breakout 2016 season was aided by the lack of turnovers. But defensively, the Raiders have to create more big plays. Jets quarterback Josh McCown threw two interceptions last week.
4.8 Yards Per Attempt
Josh McCown completed 26 of 39 passes for just 187 yards in a week loss to the Bills. That 4.8 yards per attempt would have been far and away the worst in the NFL last season, as every quarterback with at least 50 attempts was at 5.3 or better.
5.5 Yards Per Carry
Jets running back Bilal Powell was second in the NFL in yards per carry last season. But for some reason he is still the backup behind Matt Forte who averaged nearly two fewer yards per carry than Powell last season at 3.7. Neither back had a good week one as they combined for 38 yards on 13 carries against the Bills.
Derek Carr threw 10 incompletions in week one; eight of them came when he was targeting Amari Cooper. 13 times Carr looked for his top receiver. Only five times did it result in a catch. While Cooper still managed 62 yards a touchdown, it was not an efficient start to the season.
The Raiders are the second biggest favorite of the weekend, as they are expected to beat the Jets by nearly two touchdowns. That might not be enough.
Rookie Marquel Lee is the starting middle linebacker for the Raiders, but he only played 21 snaps last week. He is primarily used on running downs, with Tyrell Adams (41 snaps) playing on passing downs. But Adams still allowed eight reception on nine targets last week.
After a brief holdout, Donald Penn returned to Raiders practice in the preseason. This week the Raiders gave him his wish of a longer, higher paying deal. Penn is now under contract until 2019 and will get a reported $10.5 million each season.
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