NY Jets: On to Oakland

By Paul A. Esden Jr.
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The NY Jets suffered their second loss of the season on Sunday against the New England Patriots and now must shift their focus to the Oakland Raiders.

The season is still young for the NY Jets after a tough loss to their division rival in the New England Patriots. In the NFL you can’t get too high or too low after a win or a loss, because your preparation for the next opponent begins almost immediately.

Last week, during head coach Todd Bowles‘ round of press conferences following practice, he was asked about what this Patriots game means. This was provided by the Media Relations Department of the Jets:

On if winning this game in New England would mean anything significant…

It just means we’re 5-1 and we have to get ready for Oakland.

It’s the same thing with a loss, it means the Jets are 4-2 and they have to get ready for Oakland. One of the veterans on the team, Calvin Pace, reiterated the same message:

Pace: “As hard as it is, you gotta give them credit. We’re gonna get back to the drawing board & get ready for OAK.” pic.twitter.com/wrZbPaof5N

— New York Jets (@nyjets) October 25, 2015

So let’s take an early look at the Jets Week 8 opponents in the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders are coming off their third win of the 2015 season with a romping of their division rival the San Diego Chargers. At the half, the Raiders had increased their lead to 30-6. These aren’t the Raiders of old, this team is overflowing with young talent on this roster.

From their sensational rookie Amari Cooper who has amassed 33 catches for over 500 yards and 3 scores. The Raiders’ draft last season will be the definition of this next decade of Raiders football. Khalil Mack is a juggernaut on the defensive side of the football and Derek Carr looks like he is the real deal for the Raiders. His statistics jump off the page: 65% completion percentage, over 1,400 yards, and a 11 touchdown to 3 interception ratio with a 100+ QBR.

Oct 25, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) reacts after throwing touchdown pass in the second quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

This team should not be underestimated and playing in “The Black Hole” is no joke. This is another test for the Jets and we’ve seen it go multiple ways after a Jets-Patriots game in the past.

My A** should be walking back to New York. How you bounce back after moments like this produce CHAMPIONS or CHUMPS.. . #jets — Machine Marshall (@BMarshall) October 25, 2015

The Jets could let this loss derail their season and send them back into ineptitude. Or the Jets can follow Bowles’ logic that this is a 16-round fight and this was simply the 6th round. The test will be can the Jets use this emotion to right the ship next week in Oakland or let the opportunity slip away as it’s another measuring stick for this team in 2015.

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