FIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH
QB DEREK CARR
The second-round draft pick from Fresno State beat out veteran Matt Schaub in training camp, either because Schaub was bothered by a sore elbow or because he wasn’t effective. Carr, who completed 66.7 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and a 108.2 passer rating in preseason games, will be the first Raiders quarterback to start the first game of his rookie season. If he gets some protection from the line, look for Carr to exploit the Jets’ weakened secondary, which will be without top cornerback Dee Milliner, who is out with an ankle injury.
LB KHALIL MACK
Carr has been getting most of the attention since being named the starter, and rightly so because he’s the quarterback. But Mack, a linebacker out of Buffalo, will have plenty of opportunity to prove he deserved to be the fifth overall pick in May’s draft. Mack has shown great instincts for putting pressure on the quarterback, wrapping up running backs and defending screen passes.
RB MAURICE JONES-DREW
The veteran running back, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, was acquired by the Raiders because Darren McFadden has missed so many games the past few seasons. But Jones-Drew, who is fourth on the NFL’s active rushing list with 8,071 yards, also has struggled with injuries in recent seasons and hasn’t rushed for 1,000 yards since 2011. In the four preseason games, he had just 11 carries, but he averaged 6.1 yards and scored on a 40-yard run against the Packers.
FS CHARLES WOODSON
Woodson, 37, is on a one-year contract, so could this be his final season? That depends, of course, on how well he plays in his 17th season. After seven seasons with the Packers, he returned to the Raiders last season and played all 16 games and was third on the team in tackles with 97. He is one of just three players still active from the 1998 draft (Peyton Manning and Matt Hasselbeck are the others).
K SEBASTIAN JANIKOWSKI
Janiskowski is coming off his worst season (21 of 30 field-goal attempts, 70 percent) since he was a rookie in 2000 (22-32, 68.8 percent). In 2012, he made 91.2 percent of his attempts (31 of 34). If this game comes down to a field-goal attempt from 39 yards or less, Oakland will be in good shape – Janikowski has missed just 14 of 217 such attempts in his 14 seasons.
|Today||at N.Y. Jets||10 a.m.|
|Sept. 14||Houston||1:25 p.m.|
|Sept. 21||at New England||10 a.m.|
|Sept. 28||vs. Miami (London)||10 a.m.|
|Oct. 12||vs. San Diego||1:05 p.m.|
|Oct. 19||Arizona||1:25 p.m.|
|Oct. 26||at Cleveland||1:25 p.m.|
|Nov. 2||at Seattle||1:25 p.m.|
|Nov. 9||Denver||1:05 p.m.|
|Nov. 16||at San Diego||1:05 p.m.|
|Nov. 20||Kansas City||5:25 p.m.|
|Nov. 30||at St. Louis||10 a.m.|
|Dec. 7||vs. 49ers||1:25 p.m.|
|Dec. 14||at Kansas City||10 a.m.|
|Dec. 21||vs. Buffalo||1:25 p.m.|
|Dec. 28||at Denver||1:25 p.m.|