Will Deep 6 these Jets

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week’s dis­ap­point­ment that prompted Bowles to call out what’s ex­pected to be his most stout po­si­tion group.

The real threat isn’t Beast Mode. It’s Amari Cooper and Michael Crab­tree.

Carr has one of the best re­ceiv­ing duos in the league at his dis­posal. Crab­tree and Cooper have been tar­get mon­sters in their two full sea­sons to­gether. Crab­tree is steady. Cooper has just scratched the sur­face of his po­ten­tial. They’re mas­sive headaches each week.

“I feel like ain’t no­body in the NFL that’s not good,” Clai­borne said. “Each and ev­ery week you got guys on both sides that can do dam­age to you. They just so hap­pen that they got two stars over there.”

The Raiders in­creased Cooper’s us­age on the most im­por­tant part of the field last week. Cooper had four red-zone tar­gets (that in­cluded a touch­down) in the sea­son opener af­ter get­ting only 20 in his first 32 games. The third-year wide­out had no ca­reer catches on only seven tar­gets in­side the 10-yard line be­fore get­ting four looks in the first two drives in Week 1.

Al­though Crab­tree was tied for fifth in the league with 21 red-zone tar­gets last sea­son, Cooper sim­ply shouldn’t be over­looked near the end zone any­more.

“He’s their best re­ceiver in my opin­ion,” Skrine said of Cooper, who is one of only three play­ers with at least 70 re­cep­tions and 1,100 re­ceiv­ing yards in his first two sea­sons (along with Mar­ques Col­ston and Odell Beck­ham, Jr.).

Wilk­er­son, Wil­liams, et al must gen­er­ate con­sis­tent pres­sure on Carr or the Jets sec­ondary doesn’t stand a chance against those wide­outs. The Jets’ is­sues with tight ends (see: Charles Clay last week) might bode well for Jared Cook, who caught all five of his tar­gets with his new team last week. e haven’t even fac­tored in whether John Mor­ton’s of­fense, com­ing off the fran­chise’s worst yardage out­put in more than 2½ years, can keep up.

The NFL isn’t im­mune to huge up­sets, but it’s hard to imag­ine any­thing other than more pain for the Jets on Sun­day. Don’t ex­pect any mir­a­cles in The Black Hole.

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