Last week the Jets squared off against the Washington Redskins and came away with their first back to back wins in more than a year. Could this week’s matchup against the long time rival Raiders produce a third straight win?
The Raiders have been a surprise this season. In Jon Gruden’s second year back as head coach of the Raiders after a long time away from the NFL the Raiders have made great strides and are right in the thick of the AFC playoff race with a 6-4 record. Quarterback Derek Carr is enjoying a career year, rookie running back Josh Jacobs has been superb pounding the rock, and the Raiders have been rolling. Winners of three straight, the Raiders are pushing the Kansas City Chiefs for the division lead, something nobody expected coming into the season.
The Jets are on the upswing just a bit as well, winners of two straight coming into the game. The Jets haven’t lost at home to the Raiders since 1996, so this game may not be a cakewalk for the Raiders. This is a rivalry that goes back a long, long way, all the way back to the old AFL days. The Raiders were the team the Jets beat in 1968 in the AFL Title Game to secure their spot in Super Bowl III, the Jets only Super Bowl appearance. If the Jets can manage to shut down Josh Jacobs and make Derek Carr beat them through the air on a wet and windy day in East Rutherford, perhaps they can recapture a little of that old 1968 magic and beat the Raiders once again.
It’s the 3-7 Jets and the 6-4 Raiders in an old rivalry game. Please leave your comments in the section cleverly marked “comments” below. Enjoy the game everybody.