Raiders at Jets: Three match ups to watch in Week 1

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

This weekend, the Jets face off against the Oakland Raiders. Here are three match-ups we’re interested in watching come Sunday…
Antonio Allen fumble recovery

Can Antonio Allen keep up at the corner?

Antonio Allen (NYJ DB) on James Jones (OAK WR) — James Jones is out to prove that he’s more than a creation of the Packers, but it would seem that the Raiders coaching staff has some conflicting views on the receiver. First, Jones saw himself stuck behind Andre Holmes on the depth chart, then the San Francisco Chronicle reported coaches might think Jones “has too much wear” to play the number one spot. To me, that sounds like a coaching staff who isn’t thrilled with Jones’ speed … and while Jones might be a veteran who knows the ins and outs of the game, it still seems like an opportunity for a converted safety like Antonio Allen to keep up with Jones. Allen is at his best when he’s jamming receivers at the line, so up against Jones Allen would get to bump Jones off his route. If Jones’ speed isn’t great, then that would allow Allen more opportunity to hang around in coverage as the route progresses, provided Allen has some help over the top.

Eric Decker (NYJ WR) on Tarrell Brown / Carlos Rogers (OAK CB) — Last year, Rogers and Brown played together in San Francisco. Rogers logged the tenth-most snaps as a corner, while Brown saw less time on the field, but was more effective. Rogers played at below replacement level, according to Pro Football Focus ranking 66th among corners allowing receivers to catch 61.3 percent of the passes thrown his way. Brown played at a slightly higher (43rd overall) level, allowing 57.5 percent of passes to be caught. Decker should be able to get the better of both players, but we would guess that Rogers is the one which OC Marty Mornhinweg and QB Geno Smith will look to pick on a little more. Expect the Jets to try and test Rogers at the intermediate and deep levels of the secondary.

Quinton Coples (NYJ RLB) on Khalif Barnes (OAK RT) —  Second-year pro Menelik  Watson was projected to start the season for the Raiders as their right tackle, but poor play has seen him benched in favor of veteran Khalif Barnes, who is on his last legs as an NFL player. Donald Penn, an offensive lineman who can hold his own, will play the left tackle spot for the Raiders this season. While Coples tends to line up on the left side of the offense’s formation, passing on the opportunity to take advantage of the slipping play of Barnes might be too good of an opportunity for Rex Ryan. Deploying Calvin Pace to the left side of the formation makes even more sense when you consider that pushing the rookie quarterback to the left makes life harder on the scrambling and play-extending Derek Carr.

While we expect situational pass-rushing backup Jason Babin to get his shots, it is Coples who regularly plays more than 80 percent of the snaps for the Jets and so on a down-by-down basis, it will be Coples that gets the best crack at Barnes.  As the Raiders left tackle for ten games last year, Barnes graded out negatively as a pass blocker seven times. With Coples down 20 pounds this year to get more quickness, expect him to be able to pressure the quarterback around the right side of the formation.




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Floyd Toucanet
Floyd Toucanet

Blame ESPN and other media outlets for "a monkey can play QB in Chip Kelly's offense", "it's a passing league", and other throwaway lines people parrot here. They are listening to "experts" and trying to impress us by sounding intelligent. Take it as a compliment, not an insult.


That said. Here are the BOLD PREDICTIONS OF 2014:


1. Eagles offense finishes outside the top 10 in points scored and total yards.

2. Geno Smith finishes with a better QBR and Adjusted Net Yards Per Attempt (ANY/A) than Eli Manning.

3. Torrey Smith is a top 3 receiver this year (yards and td's)

4. Chris Ivory finishes with more carries, yards, td's, and y/a than Chris Johnson

5. Eric Decker is the first Jets receiver to catch over 1,000 yards in 20 years and his stats are very similar to last years and actually catches MORE TD's than his AVG PER YEAR with Broncos.

bradysucks
bradysucks

Here's a prediction....


Jace Amaro, Chris Johnson, and either Decker or Geno score TD's for the Jets...


Jets 24

Raiders 17

a57se
a57se

OK, one more Fantasy question:

Victor Cruz or Eric Decker for my Flex???

a57se
a57se

So Chimdi Chekwa is out for the Raiders...they're down as many CB's as we are.


Apparently Marrones discontent in Buffalo has to do with the team signing Kyle Orton!

hitchhiker
hitchhiker

I think the neck/jaw connection to concussions is interesting.

"I've never had a concussion, ever, at any level," he said. "I talked to my strength coach at Michigan. Right now he's going around the country giving seminars about neck and jaw stretching because they have a correlation to concussions. I never understood why we did so much neck and shoulder work at Michigan until he told me that. And I've been blessed to never have one."

http://www.newyorkjets.com/news/article-randylangeblogfb/5-Reasons-David-Harris-Is-Nearing-1000-Tackles/d85835ca-7b62-4d12-bcfb-fc5a02b867ae

a57se
a57se

@bradysucks 

I hope Chris Johnson scores 2 TD's...he is my no. 2 RB this week.

Floyd Toucanet
Floyd Toucanet

@a57se Cruz. Giants will have to throw a ton to keep up, where Jets and Raiders may both be content with running the ball and a very quick low scoring game.

Floyd Toucanet
Floyd Toucanet

@a57se I remember a lot of people saying the Jets should have taken EJ instead of G-NO. Does anyone still feel that way? I thought Gailey was a good HC stuck with a bad GM. The new Bills GM seems even worse. He also was head of scouting dept. for the steelers for the last ten years before Buffalo. They are OLD and SLOW and have no one to replace their aging star players. He is good at drafting WR's.  People don't give big ben enough credit either tho. He extends plays better than anyone and gives WR's more time to get open than probably any other QB. Steelers WR's always seem to be worse players on their new teams. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se Not a major loss.  What about Roach?  That would be bigger.

Brendan
Brendan

@hitchhiker Yeah, getting your jaw re-aligned by a guys helmet will rattle your brain. 

levi
levi

@hitchhiker Nice write up for a guy who doesnt get a lot of credit these days.

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@UncleJoesJetFarm 

Said exactly the same thing last year during preseason and got totally bashed by TJB Professors/Experts Brendan & Twin !!!

Brendan
Brendan

@UncleJoesJetFarm The NFL is evolving, which is why a team that doesn't run a hurry-up spreaad just steamrolled a team that does in the NFL opener last night. 

a57se
a57se

@Floyd Toucanet @a57se 

I don't know about that...Eli could be running for his life Monday night in Detroit...

a57se
a57se

@Bent @a57se 

Raiders CB Chimdi Chekwa (knee) has been ruled out for Week 1.

Oakland was already without D.J. Hayden, so Chekwa was poised to play outside in sub-packages, with Carlos Rogers kicking inside to nickel back. The Raiders will turn to rookie T.J. Carrie, who may wind up seeing a healthy dose of Eric Decker. Rotoworld has Decker as a top-22 wideout play in Week 1. 

This was the report i read...nothing about Roach in it.

hitchhiker
hitchhiker

@Brendan It's pretty well known that neck & jaw stiffness often result from a hit to the head that causes a concussion.

I think Harris is suggesting flexibility of the muscles of the neck & jaw will help prevent concussions.

BDarc23
BDarc23

@Hanknaples I heard that a lot last year due to Vick in the chip Kelly O, Kaepernick and RG3 but it never materialized. Vick and RG3 got hurt and Kaep was pretty much a pocket passer

a57se
a57se

@Hanknaples 

That offense Seattle ran last night reminded me of Geno's college offense at times...

Floyd Toucanet
Floyd Toucanet

@a57se  Last year Cruz was hurt and Jernigan put up 80 yards and a TD in his spot against the Lions.

Floyd Toucanet
Floyd Toucanet

@a57se Sure Eli will probably be horrible... He's still going to complete some passes to Cruz. Even if Eli has a stat line like 21/48 195 yards 1TD 3INT. I would expect Cruz to get about 100 of those yards and the TD. 

Floyd Toucanet
Floyd Toucanet

@a57se @Bent lot of these questions totally depend on the scoring settings. cruz should start over everyone mentioned regardless tho...

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Bent Thanks.  


Twitter says Roach was limited in practice and is listed as questionable.  He's a starting LB and was concussed.

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@BDarc23 

The problem is you can't confuse your QB for a RB and it takes a special type of QB to make it work !!

levi
levi

@BDarc23  RG3 is not looking good anymore. Man he went downhill fast.

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@a57se 

And this type of offense is exactly the direction the NFL is going..... And the Packers "OLD" style w/Rodgers almost got Lacy killed !!

Like I said 57......"Buddy's Defensive Manual" is quickly becoming obsolete !!!

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@levi 

I'ts obvious Levi...the only thing a football fan needs to do is realize there is TONS of football being played outside of NY !!! 

BDarc23
BDarc23

@Hanknaples @BDarc23 Last year at this time the Chip Kelly offense was run by Vick and he was thought to be perfect for it. I assume anyone expecting this to change the NFL meant QBs like Vick, Kaep, RG3, Cam were required. It turned out that Foles looked great but we didn't know that at this time last year.

Brian Serviss
Brian Serviss

@Hanknaples @a57se you really can't expect people to take you seriously when you still think a player like Gholston is good. You lose all credibility 

levi
levi

@Hanknaples  I actually said Chips offense could save Sanchez career because he doesnt have time to think. It seems he is playing well but he always did in practice and pre season so who knows til he gets real game time.

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@BDarc23 

By having the right QB means a QB that is mobile, can run, but is NOT looking for the opportunity to run....there is a HUGE difference in that!!

And by throwing to spots instead of "Progression" that means it is geared for the QB to get rid of the ball in UNDER 2-2.5 Secs!!

I mean, how else would you explain a n efficient QB being able to throw completions in .5 to 1.0 seconds !! 

EDIT and UP tempo doesn't mean a record setting amount of plays per game....it means NOT allowing the D to set!!

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@levi 

Absolutely...it makes the game ROBOTIC....he only has to throw to spots !!!

BDarc23
BDarc23

@Hanknaples Aren't the top offenses currently from non mobile QBs? The top 4 offenses are QB'd by Manning, Brady, Alex Smith and Cutler in that order . What am I missing?

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples That's how most offenses work, Hank. Mark's problem was identifying which spot to throw to. 

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@BDarc23 

True but only two are winning programs and the happen to be HOF QBs and Smith and Cutler are Mobile!!!!

One good test this year of "todays" offense will be Bill Lazor!! 

Miami ranked close to last (I believe) min points scored last year.

This year with the UP Tempo they expect to score about 23 points....and if they do, they expect to win at least 2 more games this year !!!

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@Brendan 

" That's how most offenses work,..."

WRONG !!

"Until recently most QB's ran Progressions...but you knew that right??

levi
levi

@Brendan  Man he could tap a football and pump fake like nobodies business though.

Brian Serviss
Brian Serviss

@Hanknaples not one person cares about what the Dolphins plan to do or how much they plan to score. 


Once again, this is the JETS blog. Not the fish blog

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@levi 

And that was EXACTLY Sanchez main problem......... ridiculously poor field of vision!!!

a57se
a57se

@BDarc23 @a57se @Hanknaples 

Interesting thing about that ranking is that KC scored 11 defensive and Special teams TD's last year...they count towards that ranking...

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@Brendan 

Most of his passes are timed and to spots expecting the WR TO BE THERE....NOT WAITING TO SEE IF HIS OPEN....comprende amigo ???

a57se
a57se

@BDarc23 @Hanknaples 

If you look under the Passing Offense tab you'll see the Chiefs were 20th and they were 14th in rushing offense but they were first in Special Teams offense and defensive scores...

I wouldn't put too much stock in Alex Smith's production.

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples So this offense could be run by a blind person? 

BDarc23
BDarc23

@a57se @BDarc23 @Hanknaples gotcha but trade Brees for Alex Smith and its the same point which is that the top offenses are still more traditional pocket passers

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@Brendan 

Now that's DUMB!!

ANYTHING not to be wrong..LMAO !!!

a57se
a57se

@BDarc23 @a57se @Hanknaples 

Oh, you are preaching to the choir. The problem is that there are only a limited number of good pocket passers and with the colleges all going to the spread type O's with running QB's, it makes it harder to find the pocket passers as they don't start at most programs now.

A QB who can run can get by with being a mediocre passer if he consistently makes plays with his legs like Cam Newton...

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@levi @Brendan 

 " Blind? No. Stupid? Sure."

Good one Levi....absolutely "spot" (pun intended) on !!

Brendan
Brendan

@levi I think you guys are vastly overplaying this "lack of thinking" stuff. It's an offense with more high-percentage passes, but he still has to read a defense. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples The idea that Chip Kelly's offense doesn't require a QB to read a defense is the only thing dumb being put forth in this thread right now. 

BDarc23
BDarc23

@Brendan @levi I could be wrong but I think the top 5 soring offenses in the NFL were Denver, NE, KC, Chicago, Dallas.  Where is the evolution there?

levi
levi

@BDarc23  Sumbltch we play all of them except Dallas.