Consensus line: Raiders by 14 Prediction: Oakland leads the regular-season series 22-17-2, and the two teams have split four playoff games. The Raiders have won the last two games played in Oakland, in 2011 and 2015, and scored 34 points in both games. Since 1999, there have been 11 games between the teams played in Oakland, including
two playoff games, and the Raiders have won eight. In the last five overall games, the winner has scored at least 34 points four times. It’s difficult to imagine that trend not continuing as the Jets enter the Black Hole in their consecutive road game to open the season. Why the Raiders will win is very simple: They are clearly the much better team.
uSTART: Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch. Fresh off a one-year retirement, Lynch ran physical en route to 76 yards on 18 carries and showed signs for big things to come. The Jets couldn’t tackle in Week 1 and allowed 190 rushing yards. Expect Beast Mode to be in full effect in Week 2.
uSIT: He had a nice rapport (seven receptions, 59 yards) with QB Josh McCown, but the Jets have one of the NFL’s worst offenses. Relying on anyone outside Bilal Powell is flirting with fire.