By Reid McEvoy
Today the New York Jets take on one of their most difficult matchups they will face all season against the Oakland Raiders. The Jets will be in “The Black Hole” and it will not be an easy matchup by any stretch of the imagination.
There will be a few season debuts in this game, with Gareon Conley, Lawrence Thomas and Freddie Bishop getting into the action. Here is a look at each:
Conley: The Raiders’ first-round draft selection missed the first game of the season due to injury, but he should be returning for this game, and with the Raiders’ typical starter at corner, Sean Smith being listed as questionable, Conley could be thrown right into the mix with a battle against Jermaine Kearse.
Thomas: In his sophomore year, he was placed on the practice squad, but it didn’t take long for him to regain his spot on the 53-man roster, as he has been signed back.
Bishop: In his fourth year, he was picked up from the practice squad to replace the waived/injured Edmond Robinson, whom the Jets claimed off waivers from the Vikings.
The Raiders are a team the Jets strive to be like, as they were in heavy rebuild mode, and now could be on pace for a Super Bowl. In Derek Carr’s first career game, against the Jets, he had two touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough to get past the Geno Smith-led Jets, which won 19-14.
Even though this isn’t a game the Jets are predicted to win, we have seen shocking things happen in football, and there’s nothing saying we won’t witness that again today.