Latavius Murray vs. NY Jets front seven
It's been an eventful couple of weeks for Raiders third-year running back Latavius Murray who saw his role diminished in the couple of losses before the bye week. Murray did rush for 85 yards last week on just 15 carries (5.7 avg.) as the offensive line got good push against a struggling Chargers rush defense. The Jets are allowing just 71 rushing yards per game, the best in the NFL. Getting Murray and the rushing game going will be a big boost for quarterback Derek Carr and his passing game.
Raiders offensive line vs. NY Jets defensive line
Jets head coach Todd Bowles likes to get his defensive line going with pressure on opposing quarterbacks despite the team having just 11 sacks on the season. New York features a stout defensive line with three lineman that can get to the quarterback. Veteran Donald Penn and the offensive line must hold against the Bowles-ran defense to give Carr some time in order to find his wide receivers.
Amari Cooper vs. Darrelle Revis
Rookie Amari Cooper has lived up to his fourth-overall selection thus far while going up against some tough cornerbacks. That said, he will face an even tougher matchup in arguably the best cornerback in the NFL in Darrelle Revis. It's largely thought that Revis will shadow Cooper, who has emerged as the Raiders best wide receiver in his rookie year. Carr proved last year that he wasn't scared to attack Revis and if Cooper can get open then it'll greatly benefit the offense. Either way, it may be a day in which wide receiver Michael Crabtree sees an increase in targets due to Revis Island.