KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET
SURFACE: FieldTurf TV: CBS, Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf
2006 RANKINGS: Raiders: offense 32nd (28th rush, 31st pass); defense 4th (27th rush, 1st pass). Jets: offense 21st (20th rush, 17th pass); defense 25th (25th rush, 16th pass)
PREDICTION: Jets 24-12
KEYS TO THE GAME:
The Raiders finally received something positive from their running game last Sunday, and need to build on that in a road game that will likely spiral quickly out of control if they fall behind early.
All the motivation lies with the Jets, who know they get to play at least one more game with a victory. New York would love nothing more than to punish RB Justin Fargas on early downs and then attack Oakland's poor offensive line.
The Jets' offense hasn't been particularly strong running the ball all season, but the Raiders do have to be wary of QB Chad Pennington utilizing the short passing game and screens to help supplement the meager ground game. Pennington still leaves a few balls up for grabs each game, and the Raiders can keep the game interesting if they're able to capitalize with a few turnovers.
FAST FACTS: Raiders: Fargas is coming off a career-best 90-yard rushing game. ... DT Warren Sapp needs 1.0 sack to reach 10.0 for the fourth time in 12 seasons. Jets: Clinch a playoff spot with a victory. ... RB Leon Washington needs 27 rushing yards to pass Freeman McNeil (623, 1981) for the fourth-most by a Jets rookie.
--WR Will Buchanon was active for the first time as a Raider against Kansas City and caught one pass for 9 yards.
--DT Warren Sapp is credited with 44 unassisted tackles, the most he has had since he had 47 with the Buccaneers in 2002.
--RB LaMont Jordan suffered a torn MCL on Nov. 19 and was essentially ruled out for the season but spent the last six games on the 53-man roster.
--QB Aaron Brooks practiced Thursday for the second consecutive day after missing the Chiefs game with a neck strain. He is expected to start against the Jets.
--RB Zack Crockett practiced with a heel injury, and although he is listed as questionable, he will play against the Jets, according to coach Art Shell.
--WR Laveranues Coles (back, jaw) practiced on a limited basis Thursday and is listed as questionable. It would be a surprise if the tough Coles didn't play in this week's must-win game.
--CB Andre Dyson (knee) is listed as questionable after leaving the Miami game with an injury to his right knee.
--RB Cedric Houston (calf) is listed as questionable. He missed the Miami game after taking a pounding against Minnesota.
--SS Kerry Rhodes (knee) is questionable and didn't practice full Thursday.
--LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson, who allowed two sacks in two games against Miami DE Jason Taylor in his rookie season, needs to shut down Oakland's Derrick Burgess this week to give Chad Pennington a chance to work play-action.
--FB B.J. Askew (foot) is listed as questionable, and he didn't practice full Thursday.