Week 14, and the “Road to MetLife Stadium” rolls on. Tomorrow afternoon, Matt McGloin and the rest of the Oakland Raiders head into MetLife Stadium to face Geno Smith and the rest of our beleaguered New York Jets. Both teams are coming in off of a loss, we know about the Jets’ most recent debacle against the Dolphins. The Raiders are coming off their 31-24 loss on Thanksgiving day to the Cowboys.
Let’s look at the series between these two teams:
Overall, the Raiders hold the lead with a 21-15-2 record. Recently the series has been close, with the Raiders taking two out of the last three, and the Jets taking four of the last six battles. The last time these two teams met was in September of 2011, when the Raiders won in Oakland by a score of 34-24, and the guy to the right, Darren McFadden, went for 171 yards and two scores.
The last time they met in New Jersey was in 2006 when Chad Pennington and the Jets held serve at home by a 23-3 score. Mike Nugent booted three field goals, Leon Washington had a touchdown run and Pennington threw a TD pass to Chris Baker.
This will be a battle of strength versus strength when the Raiders have the football. The Raiders are second in the NFL with 133.1 rushing yards per game, while the Jets allow the least amount of rushing yards per game with 77. It should be interesting.
If the offense can get going, Geno Smith could enter the Jets’ record books, as he only needs 188 passing yards to most the most for a rookie quarterback in Jets’ history, topping Mark Sanchez’s 2,444 mark in 2009. As much trouble as the Jets have had with Oakland on the West Coast, that’s how good they have been lately at home, as they are going for their fourth straight win over the Raiders in New Jersey.
Jeff Cumberland needs one touchdown to set his career high.
Enjoy it tomorrow.