Tom Cable is a no frills kind of guy who coaches a no frills kind of football team. His Oakland Raiders aren’t going to sell many tickets on the strength of their highlight reels, but his team sure can fill a lot more seats if they can notch another win at home.
On Sunday, the New York Jets visit the Black Hole to renew a storied rivalry. In the last installment, the Raiders yielded 159-yards on the ground to Thomas Jones. However, the Silver and Black harassed Brett Favre all day long forcing the NFL’s most infamous senior citizen to throw two interceptions while holding him to just 197 yards passing on the afternoon.
This time around, the Jets enter the Coliseum having done a complete about face with regards to the quarterback position. Rookie Mark Sanchez was dubbed the premature nickname of “Sanchise” after leading his team to a 3-0 start. Three straight losses and 8 interceptions later, Rex Ryan’s team is reeling and will most likely lean heavily on Jones to carry them to victory.
After a masterful effort against the Eagles one week ago, John Marshall is going to be hard pressed to top himself. Marshall’s beautifully crafted scheme caught Philadelphia by surprise, disrupting their rhythm and setting the tone for the game.
If there are any tricks left up his sleeve, Marshall had better find a way to make Thomas Jones disappear.
With the news that Chaz Schilens was pulled out of practice on Friday and is now listed as questionable, the NFL’s most sluggish offense could be minus its best playmaker out wide yet again.
Of course, if Richard Seymour and Greg Ellis – both listed as questionable – are unable to go, then it’s going to take a truly inspired effort on all fronts if the Raiders are to put a second consecutive tick in the win column.
JaMarcus Russell is still struggling to find chemistry with his rookie receivers. While Zach Miller was able to run rampant over the Eagles, it’s going to take much more to move the rock on a stingy Jets’ defense.
These are the types of games Cable specializes in. Expect this to be a physical battle decided at the line of scrimmage. Beneath the clouds of dust, you’ll see Justin Fargas and Michael Bush emerge after falling forward for three yards at a time. Controlling the clock is what it’s all about. A little divine intervention wouldn’t hurt either. Fargas knows the Raiders should have a spiritual advantage over their opponents at home for the rest of this season.
Perhaps the best match up is going to be between two men who won’t even face off. Nnamdi Asomugha and Darrelle Revis are two of the best cornerbacks on the planet. While Revis will be facing the least thrown at receiving core in pro football, Asomugha remains the least thrown at corner in the NFL. Despite his impressive play, Revis is no Superman. JaMarcus would be advised not to shy away from #24, but he’d better be careful when looking his way. As for Sanchez, he’s better served by not even considering the man #21 is covering.
This one won’t be pretty, but style points don’t count in this league. Only wins matter.
Cable got some good news this week when the Napa DA chose not to pursue a case against him. Now it is his duty to help his team live up to the guarantee Richard Seymour made earlier in the week.
One year ago, Cable got his first win as a head coach against the Jets in no frills fashion. One year later, he’s not looking to reinvent the wheel. No frills wins get added to the letf side of the column just like another type of wins do.
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Topics: Brett Favre, Chaz Schilens, Darrelle Revis, Greg Ellis, JaMarcus Russell, John Marshall, Justin Fargas, Mark Sanchez, Michael Bush, Nnamdi Asomugha, Rex Ryan, Richard Seymour, Sebastian Janikowski, Thomas Jones, Tom Cable, Zach Miller