The NY Jets will meet the Las Vegas Raiders in a primetime matchup tonight on Sunday Night Football. Coming into this game, the Jets are sitting at .500 with a 4-4 record, while the Raiders enter with a 4-5 record.
If the Jets hope to get the job done and leave Vegas with a win, it starts with the offense, and more specifically, the offensive line. The Jets need their offensive line to hold up in Week 10.
The NY Jets need a strong performance from their offensive line
Many analysts are suggesting that this game starts with the defense. It's constantly talked about how the Jets' defense keeps them in many games and even wins them.
That luck is going to run out sooner rather than later. This week, the Jets offense must figure out something, otherwise, we could see a repeat of what happened on Monday night against the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Jets fell to the Chargers in what was one of their worst games, if not the worst game, of the season last week. The Jets' offense could not get anything going, and while that largely falls on Zach Wilson, the offensive line played a huge role in allowing eight sacks throughout the game.
For the five men up front, their task will not get any easier as they go from stopping Joey Bosa last week to now going up against another one of the best pass rushers in the league, Maxx Crosby. Crosby is tied for second in the NFL in sacks with nine and is the cornerstone of the Raiders' defense.
Last Monday, Mekhi Becton, Laken Tomlinson, Joe Tippman, Max Mitchell, and Billy Turner were the Jets starting offensive linemen. However, there have been some changes since then.
Turner will miss this game with an injured finger, which could lead to Max Mitchell moving over to his spot. Xavier Newman could take Mitchell's former spot at right guard.
At the end of the day, if the Jets hope to get out of Vegas with a win, it starts with the men up front on offense. Regardless of who plays where, the Jets offensive line cannot afford to give up eight sacks, especially with poor quarterback play from Zach Wilson, in what will be a must-win game.