Raiders to roll early
David John predicts a positive start from Oakland when they host Philadelphia live on Sky in the NFL on Sunday night.
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MetLife Stadium sees the excitable Ryan brothers clash in Sunday's first live game on Sky - Rex as head coach for the Jets and Rob in his role as defensive co-ordinator for the visiting Saints.
It is the latter who has made a decent spalsh in his new role and has turned around a unit that gave up over 7,000 yards last year but now sits currently in fourth place in terms of scoring allowed and 12th overall.
But is offense that interests me here - particular that of the Saints - and looks the angle in for a wager.
The behemoth that is Jimmy Graham is battling a foot injury but he showed last week in the victory over Buffalo that he can still be effective with two short touchdown passes.
He may not be able to put up the big numbers in terms of yardage from earlier in the season but he will still give the hosts' defense another option that they have to scheme for on the day.
Marques Colston has missed some practice this week with a knee injury although should be good to go come game time but it is rookie Kenny Stills who has really caught the eye latterly.
The fifth-round pick caught a superb touchdown pass in traffic against the Patriots and then followed that up with two more against the Bills last week - it has all added up to 193 yards in receptions in those last two games.
He was targeted just four times by quarterback Drew Brees in the Buffalo game but that number is likely to go up somewhat as head coach Sean Payton works him increasingly into the offensive strategy.
I don't think that the Jets secondary can be much less effective than in the 49-9 loss at Cincinnati but the athletic Stills could pose them a problem or two and 19/10 to find the end zone anytime is well worth a second look.
Verdict: New Orleans 24 New York Jets 17
Head coach Chip Kelly and his Eagles offense continue to get their fair share of column inches with plenty of productivity on the face of it but little in the way of points yield.
He takes his team to the opposite coast in a bid to try and improve on the latter facet having managed just 10 points combined in the last two weeks.
The vast majority of the problem has been down to the merry-go-round at quarterback due to injury.
Starter Michael Vick has once again shown he just does not have the physical resilience these days to go a full season in the NFL and he has been replaced for the trip by Nick Foles.
The latter has been cleared to play again after a concussion but Kelly is taking a risk that his back-up does not take another hit. If that happens, it is down to rookie Matt Barkley, who looks far from ready for the NFL.
The Raiders have been middle of the road for a few seasons now but three wins in four games is a distinct possibility.
They have developed a habit of starting strongly and led teams by 59-20 in the first half before trailing rivals 63-10 after the break. That was once again the case last week against Pittsburgh after opening up a 21-3 advantage before being outscored 15-0 in the fourth quarter as they just about clung on to triumph.
As usual in this type of situation, it comes down to the quarterback and Terrelle Pryor's job in Oakland long term is still up in the air as coaching staff want him to show much more in the way of consistency.
He was just 10-19-88 in the Steelers game but did score a touchdown on a ridiculous 93-yard run from scrimmage - the longest ever by a quarterback in the history of the NFL - so his playmaking ability on the plus side is not to be underestimated.
They have a decent defense (ranked 6th overall) that is on the upgrade and I am going to pin my hopes on the Raiders making that customary strong opening with home advantage.
You can get one-point start for them on the first-half handicap and that appeals in what could be a scrappy contest.
Verdict: Philadelphia 19 Oakland 22
Atlanta 20 Carolina 28
Kansas City 16 Buffalo 10
Minnesota 17 Dallas 30
San Diego 21 Washington 24
Tennessee 18 St Louis 14
Tampa Bay 12 Seattle 21
Baltimore 19 Cleveland 16
Pittsburgh 20 New England 24
Indianapolis 23 Houston 21
Chicago 17 Green Bay 28