How the Oakland Raiders can limit Ryan Fitzpatrick
By Austin Gayle
Oct 25, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) runs with the ball against the New England Patriots during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports
With the Oakland Raiders (3-3) prepared to take on the the New York Jets (4-2) at home in a AFC conference clash this upcoming week, the glaring aspects of this Jets football team is it’s No. 2 ranked defense and the third-ranked running back in the NFL Chris Ivory, but an impact player flying under the radar is the Harvard graduate lining up under center.
NFL journeyman and now Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has been an undervalued member of a Jets offense that ranks 8th in the league in total yards, though a great deal of those yards come from the running game with Ivory, he is still the captain of a ship that has been smooth sailing on the offensive side of the ball.
Fitzpatrick has completed 61 percent of his passes for 1,472 yards and 11 touchdowns. Though the 11-year veteran also has seven interceptions, he has managed to rally back and win four of the five games he has thrown an interception.
While the Raiders will likely have their hands full with the Jets defense and the monster in their backfield, Oakland still must create a game plan that focusses on limiting Fitzpatrick. Though it has been easier to stop the bearded rifle in the past, their are still flaws in Fitzpatrick’s game that Oakland can take enough advantage of in order to keep this game close through four quarters.
Here is a look at four ways Oakland can limit Fitzpatrick from having success in this game.
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