New York Jets vs. Oakland Raiders: The Series

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Dec 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan and Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen on the field before the game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

It’s almost here guys. Week one for the New York Jets is nearly upon us. Two days from now, at 1 PM, the our beloved New York Jets begin their quest to return to the playoffs. The Jets take on long time rivals from the old days of the AFL, the Oakland Raiders. Let’s take a look back at the series between these two teams.

Overall, the Oakland Raiders have the edge, with a record of 21-16-2. However, the Jets have had the upper hand lately, winning five out of the last seven matchups, most recently last December, when the Jets topped the Raiders by a score of 37.27. Rex is 2-1 in his career against the Raiders, while Dennis Allen is 0-1 against the Jets.

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For the Raiders, QB Derek Carr will be making his debut. He had an excellent preseason, beating out veteran QB Matt Schaub for the starting job. Carr was second in the AFC with four touchdown passes in the preseason. The question will be if he can stand up against the Jets’ pass rush. The last time Darren McFadden faced the Jets, he posted his career best rushing total of 171 yards, averaging nine yards per carry. In three games against the Jets as a member of the Jaguars, Maurice Jones-Drew posted 311 yards per scrimmage, an average of over 100 yards per game.

Rod Streater caught seven passes for 130 yards and one touchdown in the last meeting against the Jets. Veteran LB Lamarr Woodley is looking for his third straight game against the Jets with a sack.

In two meetings against the Raiders as a member of the Titans, Chris Johnson has averaged 107.5 yards per game and posted two touchdowns, including a 76 yard scamper back in 2010. He ranks second to only Adrian Peterson in yards on the ground since 2008, and has posted seven touchdown runs of 75 yards or more, the most in NFL history. In five starts against Oakland, Eric Decker posted 30 receptions for 374 yards and four touchdowns. It’s nice to have some offensive weapons that are actually worth watching, huh?

Calvin Pace has had great success against the Raiders. In his last three games against Oakland, he has posted four sacks and forced two fumbles. Hopefully Calvin and the gang will make life rough for rookie quarterback Derek Carr.