After dropping two consecutive games, the Las Vegas Raiders look to get back into the win column against the New York Jets. Our staff of Silver and Black Today provide their predictions for the Raiders vs. Jets Week 13 contest.
The Raiders’ playoff odds took a dramatic hit last week after laying an egg in Atlanta and moving to a 6-5 record. Now as Las Vegas looks to climb their way back into the AFC playoff picture, they’ll need to regroup and take care of the football much better than they did one week ago when they committed five turnovers.
New York enters Week 13 with an 0-11 record. At this point it’s evident the Jets lack talent in several key areas. However, playing a team who is seeking their first victory is always a fine line to walk, and the Raiders will get a taste of that at first hand.
The injury report indicates the Raiders will be without a few starters for the Week 13 matchup. Running back Josh Jacobs (ankle), defensive tackle Maliek Collins (hamstring/ankle) and safety Jonathan Abram (knee), are listed as out against the Jets. Additionally, defensive tackle Maurice Hurst (ankle/calf), and cornerbacks Isaiah Johnson (groin) and Trayvon Mullen (illness), are listed as questionable.
The injury report for the Jets include just a few players, but all come on the offensive side of the ball. Offensive tackle Alex Lewis (not injury related) is listed as out. Whereas offensive tackle’s George Fant (knee/ankle) and Pat Elflein (shoulder), are listed as questionable.
Here are our staff predictions ahead of Sunday’s Raiders vs. Jets matchup inside MetLife Stadium:
Scott Gulbransen, Founder/Publisher
It’s crazy to think a game against a winless team is a “must-win” for the 6-5 Raiders but oh boy is it. Las Vegas travels east for the second-straight week and has to make a big statement. They have to prove their flop in Atlanta was a momentary hiccup in what has been an encouraging season. Expect the Raiders to run effectively but will win on the arm of Derek Carr. The Raiders vs. Jets showdown will be a bounce-back game for Gruden’s squad. It won’t be a big blowout but the Raiders get back on track with a win over the Jets. Raiders 30, Jets 14.
Moe Moton, Sr. Columnist
Not to overlook the New York Jets, but this game will tell us a lot about the Las Vegas Raiders’ collective mindset going into the last quarter of the season. Are they locked in for a run at the playoffs or still too young to handle the pressure? Running back Josh Jacobs will sit out with an ankle injury, so we’ll see a lot more of Devontae Booker in Jon Gruden’s run-heavy offense. Nonetheless, expect the Raiders to attack Gang Green’s 30th-ranked pass defense. Raiders should bounce back. Raiders 31, Jets 20
Nick Cothrel, Staff Writer
The Raiders have a lot of adjustments to be made after their abysmal outing against the Falcons last week. The recipe for the Raiders to leave MetLife Stadium with a victory is clear: protect the football, limit the penalties and get the offense rolling to how they were prior to Week 12. I think this is a game that quarterback Derek Carr gets back to his high level of play, facing a Jets’ defense that struggles to defend the pass. With Josh Jacobs being ruled out, Devontae Booker will carry the load, on the ground, but I also think that means Carr will lean on the pass. In a close outing, I have the Raiders winning to move to 7-5 on the season. Raiders 31, Jets 24
David Stepanian, Producer
It’s almost like something out of a movie that the Raiders’ Week 12 blowout loss to Atlanta echoes that of Week 12 last year when the Jets beat the Silver & Black 34-3 in Met Life Stadium, only to be given the opportunity to avenge that loss one year later. This is a very different Jets team in 2020 that shouldn’t pose any threat to the Raiders’ playoff hopes. Quarterback Sam Darnold threw a pair of ugly interceptions against Miami last week in his return after a shoulder injury, but I expect him to help Gang Green put up a fight to avoid a winless season. Raiders 27, Jets 24
Noah Strang, Staff Writer
After an embarrassing performance last week against the Atlanta Falcons, Raider Nation looks on eagerly to see how this team bounces back. Will they suffer the same fate as last year’s iteration and have a late-season collapse or will they rally together to win some key games and make the playoffs? Josh Jacobs and Johnathan Abram are both expected to miss the game yet I still don’t see the Raiders handing the Jets their first victory. Carr bounces back after his worst performance of the year and handles business by spreading the ball around to a variety of receivers. Raiders 31, Jets 17