The NFL season has officially started and on Sunday, September 7th at 1:00PM EST the Oakland Raiders season will officially begin. The Raiders are set to face-off against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ, and it will also be the start of the Derek Carr era. The Raiders invested the 36th overall selection of 2014 NFL Draft on the QB prospect out of Fresno State and he managed to win the starting spot over veteran and former Texans started, Matt Schaub.
The Raiders made several investments in big named free agents this past offseason, with the signing of Maurice Jones-Drew being the biggest. The New York Jets have consistently had a top ranked defense since Rex Ryan took over as head coach so expect the Raiders to try and wear the stingy Jets out by using a lot of Jones-Drew and McFadden. The Jets don’t have a whole lot of talent on their offense, and a heavy dose of the Raiders talented backs should be enough to edge New York in what has the makings of being a low scoring affair. There is a reason that this game has the lowest over/under in week one. If evaluating the spreads is your thing, then read more on this game and the rest of the NFL here.
What does everyone else think:
JETS, 27-13: Unless bad Geno somehow appears, they can’t lose. Unless they give it away.
The Raiders will lose their 14th straight game in the Eastern Time Zone dating back to 2009. But I expect this to be a four-quarter game. My prediction: Jets 17, Raiders 14
The SB Nation panel of experts are expecting the New York Jets to start strong in 2014, as they’re favored to beat the Oakland Raiders at home.
Conclusion: The Raiders haven’t had a season where they finished with a winning record since 2002, so it’s easy to understand why people are quick to write them off. However, this offseason the Raiders loaded up their roster with proven veterans. Although some may argue that the Raiders just signed a bunch of players past their prime, we argue that regardless of how much left they have in the tank, the leadership that they will bring to the Raiders team will inspire a culture change. Leaders like DE, Justin Tuck, who won two Super Bowls with the Giants and was the Defensive Captain for the 2011 Champions will not allow the team to accept losing. As optimists, I expect to see the Raiders playing tough and mean football (A.K.A Raiders Football).