Let’s take a closer look at the Jets opponent this week:
Head coach: Jack Del Rio (third year); Offensive coordinator: Todd Downing; Defensive coordinator: Ken Norton Jr.
What Mike Maccagnan should learn from the Raiders’ rebuild
If Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan sees his Raiders counterpart,…
Overview: The Raiders are a Super Bowl contender. They are loaded on offense with quarterback Derek Carr, wide receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree and running back Marshawn Lynch. They also have one of the best offensive lines in the league. This will be one of the best teams the Jets face all season.
Best offensive player: Now in his fourth season, Carr is one of the best young quarterbacks in the league. He threw for 28 touchdowns and six interceptions last season and posted his third straight year of more than 3,000 passing yards. Only Dan Marino, Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning have thrown more touchdowns in their first three seasons than Carr (81).
Best defensive player: Khalil Mack is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year and a beast on the outside. He has 30 sacks in his first three seasons. He had sacks in eight consecutive games last year. Jets tackles Kelvin Beachum and Brandon Shell will have their hands full with Mack, who lines up on both sides.
Biggest offensive concern: The Raiders have a rotation at right tackle, which is never a good sign. Ex-Giant Marshall Newhouse started last week’s game against the Titans, but Vadal Alexander came in on the third series. Alexander allowed 1.5 sacks, which brought Newhouse back into the game. The uncertainty on that side is one thing the Jets defense can exploit.
Biggest defensive concern: The Raiders have an inexperienced linebacker corps. Rookie Marquel Lee, a fifth-round pick, is starting in the middle for them, and Cory James in his second season is their weakside linebacker. The Raiders looked for answers at this position during training camp, but seem to have come up empty.
Injury to watch: Gareon Conley, the Raiders’ first-round pick, has been dealing with a shin injury that caused him to miss training camp, the preseason and their Week 1 game against Tennessee. The cornerback was listed as limited in Wednesday’s practice and could make his debut Sunday.
Coach’s quote: “Well, each week we dive in to the preparation, to the work, learn the personnel the best we can, get familiar with some of the things they like and some of the strengths they have and make sure we’re ready for that. So that’s what we do each week, regardless of the opponent, regardless of how much turnover they’ve had or familiarity for you guys covering them or the fans, who’s not really a part of it for us. We look at the roster as it sits.”