5 things to watch as Jets face Raiders in Week 10

The Jets struggled in one of their worst performances this season as the Los Angeles Chargers blew them out 27-6 on Monday Night Football. Fortunately, they didn’t lose any ground in the AFC East race, as their divisional rivals also suffered losses.

Following the dismissal of second-year head coach Josh McDaniels, the Las Vegas Raiders secured their first victory with Antonio Pierce as interim head coach in an impressive 30-6 victory against the Giants. Can the Raiders continue their success against the other New York team on Sunday night?

Here are some key storylines to watch as the Jets aim to rebound:

Can the Jets slow down Davante Adams?

Adams, a six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, poses a significant threat to the Raiders’ offense. The Jets may be considering breaking from tradition by utilizing Sauce Gardner to cover him exclusively, a departure from their usual approach of leaving Gardner on one side.

While Adams averaged 99 receiving yards per game in the first four games, his average dropped to 35 since then. This could give the Jets a chance to focus their attention elsewhere.

The Jets reportedly explored the possibility of acquiring Adams at the trade deadline and he’s an obvious offseason target if Aaron Rodgers returns. Will Adams be eager to impress his potential future employers?

Can Breece Hall have a big day on the ground?

The Raiders have the second-worst run defense in the NFL and recently gave up 90 rushing yards to Saquon Barkley. This presents an opportunity for Hall to achieve his third 100-yard game of the season.

Hall’s performance is crucial to the Jets’ success, as illustrated by the correlation between his productive games and the team’s wins.

How will the Jets handle Maxx Crosby?

Crosby, a two-time Pro Bowl defensive end, leads the Raiders with 9 1/2 sacks and will pose a significant challenge to the Jets’ offense. His primary position on the left side of the defense adds uncertainty to the Jets’ game plan, particularly if Billy Turner is unable to play.

Will the Jets continue to miss too many tackles?

The Jets’ missed tackles in their previous game led to Chargers scoring a touchdown, highlighting the need for improved tackling. Overcoming this defensive weakness can force novice quarterback Aidan O’Connell into pressure situations.

If Zach Wilson doesn’t bounce back, could the Jets consider a change?

The coaching staff seems committed to supporting Wilson, but another slow start could raise questions about his role. In such a scenario, the coaching staff may need to evaluate options to maintain the team’s performance.


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