If there were ever such a thing as a “trap game,” this is indeed one.
The Las Vegas Raiders are traveling to New York for a Sunday morning game against the Jets Dec. 6 with the hopes of keeping their season on track.
At 6-5, the Raiders are sitting in second place in the AFC West with the Kansas City Chiefs running away with the division at 10-1.
The Jets are still looking for their first win at 0-11 and their chances to get the No. 1 pick in April’s NFL draft gaining more traction each week.
Vegas is coming off a 43-6 clubbing on the road at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons where the team committed five turnovers.
Quarterback Derek Carr had four of those five turnovers, including three fumbles and an interception.
He went 22-for-34, passing for 215 yards and a pick-six interception.
It was the second time this season that Carr went without throwing a touchdown pass. It was the first time he went without throwing a touchdown pass but threw at least one interception.
In addition, he was sacked three times which ties a season-high mark that has been reached three separate times.
In 11 games this season, Carr has been sacked 17 times.
Backup quarterback Nathan Peterman finished the game last week.
Following the loss, Carr admitted that the team had a “flat week of practice.”
In addition, fullback Alec Ingold admitted the team was still “searching for a level of commitment in the locker room.”
The loss dropped the Raiders playoff chances by more than 20 percent.
Vegas now sits in the eighth spot in the conference just ahead of the Baltimore Ravens.
The Raiders hold the tiebreaker over the Ravens after posting a better conference record, making the game against the Jets a “must-win” in early December.
Vegas will be playing without starting running back Josh Jacobs (ankle) whose third in the league in carries and fifth in rushing yards.
Last week, Jacobs tallied 27 yards on seven carries but had a fumble.
In addition, the Raiders will be without defensive tackle Maliek Collins (hamstring/ankle) and safety Johnathan Abram (knee).
Defensive tackle Maurice Hurst Jr. (ankle/calf) and cornerbacks Trayvon Mullen (illness) and Isaiah Johnson (groin) are listed as questionable.
Jets quarterback Sam Darnold returned last week after missing three games with a bad right shoulder.
He went 16-of-27 against the Dolphins, throwing for 197 yards and two interceptions.
This week, he will be without offensive lineman Alex Lewis who's out with a not-injury related designation.
Fellow offensive linemen George Fant (knee/ankle) and Pat Eflein (shoulder) are listed as questionable for New York.
ESPN gives the Raiders a 70.2 percent chance to beat the Jets.
Vegas leads the all-time series 23-18-2.
The Raiders are looking for their first win against the Jets in MetLife Stadium.
The last road win for the Raiders over the Jets was Oct. 6, 1996.
Three current Vegas coaches, coached for New York at one point.
Senior Offensive Assistant, John Morton, worked as offensive coordinator for the Jets in 2017.
Senior Defensive Assistant, Jim O’Neil, worked as the assistant defensive backs coach for the Jets from 2010 to 2012.
Quality control -- offense coach, Tim Berbenich, worked as an offensive assistant to begin his career in 2003 and worked as a quality control coach in 2005 for the Jets.