Oakland Raiders Vs. Jets Preview: Keys to the Game
Sep 27, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Oakland Raiders female fans Pati McGaffigan (Mystic Raider), left, and Mary Carpenter (MaskaRaider) react in the fourth quarater against the Cleveland Browns in a NFL game at FirstEnergy Stadium.The Raiders defeated the Browns 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
4. Get the Crowd Involved
It’s been a tough week for Raider fans in Oakland and Northern California. During the week, an anonymous Oakland fan or fans issued an apparent death threat to owner Mark Davis. An NFL-organized townhall meeting in Oakland on the topic of potential relocation – which Davis attended and was an active part of throughout – was sparsely attended and at times the fan comments sounded more like last goodbyes and airing of grievances than hopeful pleas to keep their team in town.
While this team might be the most exciting team the Raiders have fielded in more than a decade, there remains a sort of gloom over this team as relocation deadlines draw near.
That said, Raider fans will still show up to cheer for their exciting young QB-WR combination and a team that is realistically contending for a playoff spot in the AFC. Raider fans in SoCal came out in droves last week and took over Qualcomm Stadium, drowning out the Charger fans and forcing the Chargers to go silent count in their own stadium.
If the Raiders can jump out early and make some plays, it won’t be long until O.Co Coliseum gets rowdy, and a rowdy Raider crowd can be a psychological factor for opponents in and of itself. The Jets are in their first year under this coaching staff, and both QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and OC Chan Gailey are new to the team this year. The Jets may have a hard time running their offense if the Raider fans make it too loud, especially if the Raider defense is successful in forcing Fitzpatrick to try to beat them himself.
The Raider players also have shown that they feed off the energy of a positive crowd to a high degree. This team is replete with young, enthusiastic talent, and the mood of a crowd can really make a difference.
If the Raiders can get the crowd into it early and keep the energy level high inside the Coliseum, it can create a snowball effect of emotional, enthusiastic young Raiders players making more big plays, leading to even more noise and passion from the crowd. And ultimately it’s cathartic for the fans, many of whom are unsure of what the future holds for their team and their Town.
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