New York has no answer for Oakland pass rush
The biggest mismatch in this game between the Raiders and the Jets will be when Oakland is on defense. No, the Raiders’ defense isn’t anything close to being top-tier yet. However, that pass rush of theirs is filthy and something New York just won’t be ready for.
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Mack was the best player in the game on Sunday in Nashville in Week 1 against the Titans. He played at an elite level against perhaps the best tackle tandem in football in Jack Conklin and Taylor Lewan.
It won’t just be Mack that goes off in this game. Look for the guy playing opposite of him in Bruce Irvin to have a big game as well. He needs one after a dismal performance against the Titans in Week 1.
Add in that rookie defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes can get penetration from the interior and McCown is going to spend half of the game on his back.
The Jets may have to adjust early in the ball game to account for the Raiders pass rush. That could mean having an extra tight end or back to block. All that does is mitigate New York’s chances of drawing up a sound play offensively. Throw the crowd noise into the mix on third down and good night, New York.