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A major hole in the middle…

By Brad Cotter

As the Jets head to the Black Hole in the Bay, they will be dealing with a big hole of their own. Coping without Kris Jenkins is going to be tough, especially this week.

The Raiders offense has showed glimmers of consistency in the run game, especially at home. The Jets are going to have to bring the heat to get it done this week. The secondary should get used to being on an island for the foreseeable future. Gang Green is going to have to dial it upearly and often and hope JaMarcus Russell hasn’t all of the sudden found accuracy.

Offensively, Mark Sanchez’s carelessness has caused Brian Schottenheimer to reel him in. There’s no doubt Oakland knows this and will be bringing the heat as well. I’m expecting the Jets to pound the rock and use a variety of screens to keep it simple.

Here’s the deal, the Jets need a win this week. This one should be ugly, but the bottom line is man on man, the Jets should win a slugfest. I’ll take our guys to wear out the silver and black any day of the week. Who knows, maybe Tom Cable and Rex Ryan will throw down before this one’s over.

Mark Sanchez just has to know that he doesn’t have to win the game. He’s back in Cali for the first time as a pro which hopefully helps. If there’s nothing there, throw it away and let your defense get it back. The way JaMarcus Russell has played this year, the odds are in our favor.

The Jets just need to get back to basics… The Raiders suck, the Jets just have to remind them of that. I got the Jets 27 – Raiders 9… Get ’em.