Dec 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Rod Streater (80) scores a touchdown against the New York Jets during the game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Week 1 of the NFL is similar to the first day of school. Based on last year, you may anticipate what’s going to happen, but you really have no idea what to expect. As we approach opening weekend, it’s important to keep your mind open, even if anticipation takes over your brain. At this point in the season, league-wide predictions can be taken as seriously as my 8 year old daughter’s. (Cadynce chose her winners based on which helmet would look cuter with her outfit.) Nonetheless, some spectators, like myself, are considering on-field factors when determining their 2014 prophecy.
While relaying a prognosis, one must consider previous success, but shouldn’t overweigh it. Last year, we saw Robert Griffin struggle after being labelled a breakout candidate. If anyone predicted the Panthers winning 12 games last season, I’d like to send you my kudos. On average, Nick Foles was selected 170th overall in most fantasy leagues; then exploded onto the NFL scene as 2013’s top rookie QB. Who predicted that? Unpredictable injuries aside, did anyone think Josh Gordon would lead the league in receiving after a 2-game suspension? My point is, you can generate a good argument behind your forecast, but it doesn’t deem you an accurate individual.
My prediction of the Jets and Raiders battle will come down to 6 major factors. Understand that I’m not labeling my analysis as superior or methodical, I’m simply analyzing the realistic aspect of this match-up and how it will influence the outcome of the game. The game between the Raiders an Jets is highly anticipated as both teams are looking to improve upon disappointment in previous seasons.