Key Matchups To Watch: Oakland Raiders vs. New York Jets

The Silver and Black are flying high coming off a convincing win over the San Diego Chargers last Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium, bringing their record to 3-3.

Next on the schedule is a home matchup with the New York Jets, who arrive in Oakland with an overall record of 4-2.

The Raiders haven't played a game at O.co Coliseum since their Week 5 tilt against the Denver Broncos, so heading into their Week 8 showdown with the New York Jets, let's double-check our matchups of the week, brought to you by State Farm.

Wide Receiver Amari Cooper vs. Cornerback Darrelle Revis

The rookie wide receiver has been as advertised, if not better, through the first 6 games of his professional career, hauling in 33 passes for 519 yards and 3 touchdowns.

He's made some of the best cornerbacks in the NFL look pedestrian trying to cover him, but he has a huge challenge in front of him this Sunday as he prepares to square off against one of the best in the league – Darrelle Revis.

Since he entered the league out of the University of Pittsburgh, Revis has been outstanding – being named to 5 Pro Bowls and is a 4-time First-Team All-Pro selection since he came into the league in 2007.

Revis is regarded as one of the best cover corners in the NFL, and if Amari Cooper can somehow gain access to his exclusive "island," it would pay huge dividends for the Silver and Black.

Defensive Tackles Justin Ellis and Dan Williams vs. Running Back Chris Ivory

Regardless of who the coach is for the New York Jets, their identity remains the same – they will play stout defense and feature a run-first offense.

Enter Chris Ivory.

The undrafted running back out of Tiffin has had quite the start to 2015, as his 501 rushing yards ranks seventh in the NFL.

"He [Ivory] runs hard," said Head Coach Jack Del Rio Wednesday. "He's really, I would say, a violent runner, like he enjoys contact. He runs through a lot of tackles. They've got a big mauling offensive line, so it's a good group."

Key in dealing with that mauling offensive line for the Jets will be defensive tackles Justin Ellis and Dan Williams.

After missing the past two games, Ellis returned to practice as a full participant Wednesday, and the team is hopeful he can play against the Jets.

Williams, on the other hand, has been a consistent force for the Silver and Black along the interior of the defensive line, and hopefully, combined with Ellis, they'll be able to slow down Ivory and the Jets ground attack.

Raiders Defense vs. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick

For the past several years, Fitzpatrick has been a thorn in the side of the Silver and Black.

He has defeated the Raiders as the starting quarterback for three different teams: the Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans, and is now the man under center for the New York Jets.

Boasting good size, Fitzpatrick also has deceptive speed, and can make life difficult for opposing defenses, and it will take another complete defensive effort to come out on top against the Jets.

The Silver and Black put together arguably their best defensive effort of the season through three quarters last Sunday, but they'll need to play a total four quarters of good defense if they want to slow down the veteran quarterback.

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