Shades of '09 ahead for Raiders?

September 21, 2011, 9:47 pm
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Whats worse: Losing 38-0 or having the opposing quarterback eating hot dogs on the sidelines during the blowout?Two years ago, the Jets rolled into Oakland and laid a beatdown on the Raiders. New York posted two 100-yard rushers in Thomas Jones and Shonn Greene en route to a total of 316 yards on the ground.But it was after the game where things really became embarrassing. CBS cameras caught then-rookie Mark Sanchez eating a hot dog during the blowout. It was a moment Sanchez apologized for but the image was burned on that Oakland team.Two years later, Mark Sanchez has two AFC Championship appearances under his belt and is improving. The Jets offense still boasts a strong running game and now the Jets signal caller can chuck it too, with wideouts Santonio Holmes, Plaxico Burress and Dustin Keller all threats.Its true that the Raiders offense isnt as pathetic as it was in 2009. Through two games, they are averaging 29.0 points per game. They can run and throw as well. But the Jets defense is considerably better than either Denver or Buffalo. Rex Ryans crew will be the first major test for Oaklands improved offense.Meanwhile, Oakland is fourth in the NFL in rushing after two games. Best case scenario is beating the Jets at their own game and running the ball down their collective throats this Sunday. At the very least, hopefully they can keep the hot dogs off the sideline.