Raiders’ weapons of Carr, Cooper & Beast Mode

New York Daily News - - SPORTS - MAN­ISH ME­HTA

THERE’S NO OF­FI­CIAL word whether the Raiders will ac­tu­ally pil­lage for fun, knock the Jets ’round and up­side down and laugh when they’ve con­quered and won, but this much is cer­tain: The Au­tumn wind will likely rough up the guys in green-and-white on Sun­day.

The se­cond stop in the Suck for Sam (or Frozen for Rosen) Tour lands at the doorstep of a bunch of sil­ver and black­clad nut-jobs ready to de­vour you. If the Jets aren’t care­ful, they’ll be swal­lowed whole in The Black Hole by an ex­plo­sive out­fit with Su­per Bowl LII in its sights.

Ve­gas has al­ready pre­dicted a laugher. Todd Bowles’ team is a two-touch­down underdog, the long­est of long­shots in this long­shot sea­son. Mir­a­cles can hap­pen, but not this week: These Jets sim­ply don’t have the fire power to keep pace with this of­fen­sive jug­ger­naut.

“The re­ceivers are a tal­ented corps,” Jets de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Kacy Rodgers said of the Raiders. “Of­fen­sive line is very tal­ented. Tal­ented run­ner. Tal­ented tight ends. And the quar­ter­back is ex­tremely tal­ented… They can at­tack you from ev­ery dif­fer­ent an­gle.” Loose trans­la­tion: We’re screwed. Bowles’ play­ers and staff aren’t wired to give up, but the Raiders (1-0) are an over­whelm­ing chal­lenge for any op­po­nent, es­pe­cially one in full-fledged re­build­ing/eval­u­a­tion/ tank mode.

“We’re not go­ing out there to lay down,” cor­ner­back Mor­ris Clai­borne said. “We’re go­ing out there to try to come out with a win. We still got to go out and play no mat­ter who they pick.”

You can bet your sweet der­riere that Bowles’ team will play hard, but only the Kool-Aid guz­zlers would ac­tu­ally be­lieve that the Jets stand a chance to go blow­for-blow with an of­fense that can beat you in just about ev­ery way.

For all the hype swirling around Mar­shawn Lynch’s de­but in front of his home­town fans, the larger con­cerns for the Jets will be con­tend­ing with a quar­ter­back who rarely gets touched due to stel­lar of­fen­sive-line play, and a pair of 1,000-yard re­ceivers, who re­peat­edly turn short gains into big ones af­ter the catch. Sprin­kle in an un­der­achiev­ing — but ex­tremely tal­ented — new tight end and you’ve got a se­ri­ous prob­lem.

There’s no sense in in­vest­ing your en­ergy try­ing to stop one par­tic­u­lar weapon. Derek Carr will find an­other one to gouge you.

“You can’t go af­ter one per­son when their whole of­fense is good,” cor­ner­back Buster Skrine said. “That’s the hon­est an­swer. When you go against a team like Oak­land, you can’t just say that, be­cause some­body else will hurt you.” Lynch’s bull-doz­ing run 300-pounder

Jur­rell over Casey in Oak­land’s sea­son-open­ing win in Ten­nessee turned into Mon­day morn­ing wa­ter-cooler talk, but Beast Mode, frankly, will be the least of the Jets con­cerns. Sure, Bowles and Rodgers’ de­fense gave up 190 rush­ing yards to the Bills last week, but that was as much a func­tion of LeSean McCoy’s elu­sive­ness and Ty­rod Tay­lor’s mo­bil­ity as any­thing.

The Jets have thrown bou­quets at the 31-year-old, newly un-re­tired Lynch all week, but I’m not sold. Mo Wilk­er­son might have looked silly at times try­ing to cor­ral McCoy and Tay­lor, but I’ll walk home back­wards from the West Coast if Lynch runs over that Jets de­fen­sive line­man. It’s not go­ing to hap­pen. Wilk­er­son and Leonard Wil­liams are too big, too strong and too young to get pos­ter­ized like that. The Raiders have a stel­lar of­fen­sive line, but Wilk­er­son and Wil­liams are plenty mo­ti­vated to avoid last

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