Sunday, December 8, 2013

Week 14 picks: Raiders at Jets

Publisher Nick St. Denis, associate editor Dan Begnoche and senior contributor Sean Donovan pick the New York Jets' AFC bout with the Oakland Raiders.

Nick's take:
The Jets have played themselves out of the realistic playoff picture the last three weeks, but until they're mathematically eliminated, every game has meaning. Gang Green also needs to see something from their rookie signal-caller -- not turning the ball over would be a start. The Raiders are among the bottom in the league in interceptions have allowed opposing passers to complete over 66 percent of their tosses. Jeremy Kerley's return to the lineup provides a spark, but the Jets lean on the run game in tough conditions while their defense demolishes Raiders rookie quarterback Matt McGloin.
Prediction: Jets 16, Raiders 9

Sean's take:
The Jets, losers of their last three, hope a home date with the 4-8 Raiders helps them stop their free-fall. Oakland will be once again starting McGloin, who has come back to earth after a three-touchdown, no interception debut three weeks ago. Trust the New York defense to bottle up Oakland's passing game and running game, but the problem remains to be on offense for Gang Green. Unless the Jets receivers can get consistent separation and Geno Smith can hit his open targets, two things that have been major issues recently, the Raiders defense will be able to get off the field on third down with regularity and generate takeaways for the offense. The struggles continue, and New York drops a close one.
Prediction: Raiders 16, Jets 10