Oct 25, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) runs with the ball against the New England Patriots during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports
The Jets vs Raiders Week 8 game will be a physical one for sure, here are some bold predictions for this matchup
The NY Jets will be facing the Oakland Raiders this Sunday after coming off a tough loss to their division rival in the New England Patriots. The Jets have surprised many with how well they have come together chemistry wise and how well they have been playing recently.
If the Jets can hold onto what they got, they could potentially make the NFL Playoffs on the first season of Todd Bowles and his young head coaching career. It won’t be easy but so far Bowles has done a terrific job and how he handles this team coming off such a loss and into the right direction will be key against the Raiders.
Here are the top 5 bold predictions for this matchup.
Next: 5. Here comes Chris Ivory Part II
Sep 21, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) runs against the Oakland Raiders during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
5. Stevan Ridley steps up big time
Stevan Ridley was officially taken of the Jets PUP list for this week’s game against the Raiders. Ridley has been an odd topic for Jets fans due to his massive talent but is coming off an ACL injury.
Ridley truly has the talent that nearly matches that of Jets’ star running back Chris Ivory. This week’s bold prediction is that Ridley will look oddly like Ivory and completely dominate the Raiders’ front seven despite being one of the best at stopping the run.
Ridley has had impressive stats in the past and has shown his dominance, especially in yards per carry. In his career, he has averaged 4.3 rushing per carry and 6.3 receiving yards per reception.
Next: 4. Watch out for this top receiver
Oct 18, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) carries the ball as Washington Redskins cornerback Will Blackmon (41) chases in the second quarter against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
4. Brandon Marshall rebounds nicely
Brandon Marshall has been a godsend for Jets fans as he has been the best receiver this team has had since Wayne Chrebet. Since he has joined this team, his impact on the field is easy to see and one that many fans in the NFL can appreciate.
Marshall this season has been a dominate force when it comes to going against defenses and tends to be a player that warrants two defenders. Marshall will continue to show his dominance having over 100+ yards receiving and ending the game with 2 touchdowns.
This season, Marshall has had over 578 yards and has recorded 4 touchdowns in five games. He will look to increase those stats this Sunday quite nicely.
Next: 3. The next best tandem
Oct 18, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Chris Ivory (33) carries the ball against the Washington Redskins during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
3. Ivory and Ridley will dominate
Ivory and Ridley are two running backs that many defenses are afraid of squaring up against. Both Ridley and Ivory are known for essentially pushing through defenders and not stopping after the first hit.
With the reemergence of Ridley this week versus the Raiders, him and Ivory will become the deadliest one two punch the NFL and will most likely scare defenses into submission.
Ivory this season has rushed for 501 yards and is averaging 9.3 a carry. Ridley averages around 4.1 per carry and ran for a total of 340 yards in 6 games prior to his injury. With two massive running threats, look for the running game to really open up.
Next: 2. Revis Island continues to dominate
Oct 4, 2015; London, ENG; New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (24) catches an interception during the second half of the game against the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports
2. Darrelle Revis will capitalize and intercept Carr twice
The Raiders have improved immensely from last season but have a lot of young talent that are inexperienced when it comes to going against top NFL players. This Sunday, the Raiders will be trotting out recently drafted receiver Amari Cooper who has been one of their best weapons this season.
However, he has never faced a cornerback like Revis who is known for his ability to make receivers completely disappear. The second to last bold prediction on our list is that Revis will be too much for Cooper to handle and will capitalize on young rookie mistakes causing him to get 2 interceptions on the day.
Revis this season has shown that regardless of being a year older, he still is one of the top corners in the league. He has so far 3 interceptions on this season and 3 fumbles recovered. It will be the titan versus the up and comer this Sunday.
Next: 1. Fitzmagic continues
Oct 25, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) after a touchdown during the second quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
1. Ryan Fitzpatrick will have a near perfect game
Ryan Fitzpatrick has been a staple for this team over the past 6 games. He has had his ups and downs but when it came down to it, he has performed better than most would have expected and has really grown to have perfect chemistry between the No. 1 and No. 2 receivers on the team (Marshall and Eric Decker).
The last bold prediction on our list is that Fitzpatrick will have one of his best games of the season throwing no interceptions but landing two touchdowns both going to his star receiver in Marshall.
This season, Fitzpatrick has been up and down when it comes to stats but he has averaged 7.01 yards an attempt and has thrown for over 1,472 yards in five games. He has thrown 11 touchdowns and earning a QBR of 86.1. He will look to improve his stats this Sunday in glorious fashion.