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    Question Jets Ready For Freak Show Out In Oakland

    Oct 17, 2008 10:45 pm US/Eastern
    Analysis: Jets Ready For Freak Show Out In Oakland
    Gang Green Finds Itself In Another Trap Game, Needs To Play Better Than It Did In Last Week's Win Over Cincy
    By JEFF CAPELLINI, WCBSTV.com Sr. Sports Producer
    NEW YORK (CBS) ― If you're a Jets fan the only reason why you'd have a moment of pause about Sunday's game against the lowly Raiders is because it's at Oakland. The "Black Hole" and its cast of crazies need to be quelled from the coin flip. They really can't be given a chance to get their true Darth Vader on because strange things happen in that stadium when the Raiders' faithful is in full throat.

    So, trap game? You betcha.

    It will be yet another chance for these Jets to prove to all of us that they aren't even remotely related to those Jets.

    At the end of the day, really successful NFL teams can run the football and stop the run. While the jury is still out on whether the Jets' ground game will become consistent, there's no questioning what the run defense has accomplished in the season's first six weeks.

    It's hard to remember the last time the Jets (3-2) were this good against the run. They are ranked third in the NFL, allowing just 69 yards per game or just 2.6 yards more than league leader Baltimore, a team which knows a little something about defense.

    Tackle Kris Jenkins has thus far proven to be the team's best offseason acquisition not named Brett Favre. Jenkins, all 6-foot-4 and 350 pounds of him, doesn't have big stats 16 tackles in five games -- but his mere presence on the defensive line has created all kinds of havoc for the opposition. He plugs holes, closes down lanes and penetrates into the opposition's backfield.

    He's a load, a monster, a scary giant man.

    And it hasn't been just Jenkins. After having just one good season in five years with Arizona, many wondered if Calvin Pace was worth the $42 million over six years the Jets shelled out in the offseason. Pace has been asked to rush the quarterback from outside linebacker, and so far has done just that and stopped the run, registering 3.5 sacks and 27 tackles, including 24 solo.

    If Jenkins and Pace stay healthy and the Jets' pass defense improves even a little you're looking at a playoff-caliber defense.

    That leads us to Sunday's game against the Raiders (1-4). It's imperative the Jets be 5-2 heading into their Nov. 2 game at Buffalo if they are to have serious designs on winning the AFC East. They didn't play great last week, but weren't horrible either in their 26-14 win over Cincinnati. Oakland should pose even less of a threat than Cincinnati did. At least the Bengals have T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Chad Johnson.

    The Raiders are a disaster. They make the dysfunctional Bengals look competent.

    Things are so bad with the Raiders they are already on their second coach of the season. Tom Cable replaced Lane Kiffin on Sept. 30. Oakland has scored just 81 points and has one of the worst passing offenses in the league. JaMarcus Russell has thrown for just 827 yards in five games.

    The Raiders will likely look to feature first-round pick Darren McFadden. The running back is averaging 5.1 yards per carry, but seems to never get the ball. Since running for 164 yards in a 23-8 win over Kansas City back on Sept. 14, McFadden has touched the ball exactly 34 times and gained 115 all-purpose yards in three games.

    Take Russell and McFadden out of the equation and the Raiders' next most productive offensive player is tight end Zach Miller, who is averaging less than three catches and 40 yards per game.

    Expect the Jets to key on McFadden and try to rattle Russell into some early turnovers.

    Offensively, the Jets, at least on paper, should overwhelm the Silver and Black.

    The Raiders are ranked 25th against the pass and 19th against the run. If nothing else, Favre should be able to play-action them to death. This game marks another good opportunity for the Jets to get their running game going. Thomas Jones scored three touchdowns last week, but ran for just 65 yards on 17 carries or for 3.8 yards per carry, his average for the season.

    Sooner or later Jones is going to have to get going, meaning at some point the offensive line is going to have to start opening significant holes for him to run through. Jones is a downhill runner, one move and out. He needs holes. Leon Washington is much more of an improviser. He's still best suited with this team as a receiver out of the backfield and kick returner

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    Win or lose, at the end of the day, the Raiders play for Al Davis. Ewwww!!


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    The Jets are going to stuff the run inside then make McFadden and Fargas run Outside. GOOD LUCK w/ THAT bc the Jets have Tall Lb's that are Athletic, BIG and FAST at OLB. Look for the Jets to Get to Russell alot and force him to make mistakes all game.

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    Do those freaks mess with the Jet players too?

    Wasn't there an incident where in Buffalo that the Bills fans were by our teams bus and were rocking it to try to tip it over? I vaguely remember something like that.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetgirl View Post
    Do those freaks mess with the Jet players too?

    Wasn't there an incident where in Buffalo that the Bills fans were by our teams bus and were rocking it to try to tip it over? I vaguely remember something like that.......
    That was before Jenkins was on our team. No way any fans could tip the bus over with that man-mountain on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jets Things View Post
    That was before Jenkins was on our team. No way any fans could tip the bus over with that man-mountain on it.
    Yeah.......let em try........bring it on freaks............

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