Raiders vs. Jets: Breaking Down Oakland’s Game Plan

The Oakland Raiders face an uphill battle in their Week 14 game against the New York Jets, and it’s not just because the Jets have the NFL’s top-ranked run defense. Dennis Allen’s team hasn’t won in the Eastern time zone since 2009 and may be without its top two running backs for the game.

Darren McFadden failed to practice for the second straight day since suffering an ankle injury last week against the Dallas Cowboys. Rashad Jennings is still recovering from a concussion and has yet to pass the required tests mandated by the NFL. Third-stringer Jeremy Stewart also hasn’t practiced this week.

The Jets have their own issues on offense, which is why if the Raiders are going to have a chance they’re going to have to do it with their defense.

Here’s a look at four things Oakland must do in its game in New York.


Give McGloin time

Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin grew up not far from where he’ll be making his fourth career start, and he figures to have a fairly large group of supporters in the stands. He’ll need all the help he can get if Oakland’s offensive line isn’t able to keep him upright.

The Raiders young quarterback is at his best when given enough time to operate in the pocket. Three weeks ago against Houston he was smooth and calm in his delivery because the Houston Texans weren’t able to mount much of a pass rush.

Over the past two weeks, however, teams have started to put a little pressure on McGloin, and he’s wound up hurrying some of his throws as a result.

The big key for Oakland will be containing Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson, who already has a career-high 10 sacks. Wilkerson is equally solid against the run, meaning Raiders left tackle Jared Veldheer will have his hands full.


Force the Jets to pass

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