ALAMEDA, Calif. " Even though it's been almost two years since the Raiders last played the New York Jets, Oakland defensive tackle Tommy Kelly won't have to do much studying this week to prepare.
After being part of a defense that allowed 223 yards rushing and 35 second-half points in a 38-35 loss to the Buffalo Bills last week, Kelly expects Rex Ryan and company to follow suit and keep it on the ground.
Why wouldn't they?
It was the same formula the Jets used in 2009 when they beat the Raiders by 38 points, the most lopsided home loss in franchise history. It also matched the team's worst loss ever in the Al Davis era.
"They're going to try to run that ball down our throat," Kelly said this week. "It will be a big-boy pad game. They're going to run the ball regardless. It doesn't matter what's going on. That's their plan any game."
New York has rushed for only 146 yards in two games this season but the 2-0 Jets have a prime opportunity to get that turned around in Oakland.
Since 2007, the Raiders have allowed opponents to rush for 200 yards or more in a game 12 times, tied with the Bills for the most in the NFL during that time. That includes a 317-yard performance by the Jets on Oct. 25, 2009.
A lot has changed in Oakland since then, but the team's problems defending the run have remained a constant.
"They've been the leading rush team since (Rex Ryan) took over as head coach," Raiders defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan said Thursday. "I do know Rex's mentality is a physical, no BS type of deal and they're going to try to establish the run game."
Oakland is still trying to shake the effects from last week's second-half collapse against Buffalo.
After building a 21-3 halftime lead, the Raiders unraveled over the final 30 minutes while allowing the Bills to score touchdowns on all five of their possessions in the second half.
The breakdowns were numerous and everywhere.
Oakland forced Buffalo into only four third-down situations in the second half, safety Tyvon Branch and cornerback Chris Johnson both dropped would-be interceptions in the fourth quarter and a breakdown in coverage allowed the Bills to score the game-winning touchdown with 14 seconds remaining.
Buffalo was initially credited with 217 yards rushing but that number increased by six yards after the NFL amended the stats, awarding Oakland linebacker Rolando McClain a sack instead of a tackle for loss when the Bills were in a wildcat formation.
That helped McClain's personal numbers " it's the first full sack of his career " but raised the Raiders' average against the run to 130.5 yards a game.
More troubling was the Bills' 8.7 yards-per-carry average, which came on the heels of Oakland's season-opening win against Denver, when they held the Broncos to 38 yards total on the ground.
Bresnahan and coach Hue Jackson have been adamant in practice this week about moving on from the loss to Buffalo, but Kelly acknowledged that's been easier said than done. Like the loss to the Jets in 2009, it's not something he's been able to let go of easily.
"We have to really redeem ourselves from last week," he said. "We can't let that happen again. The Jets run the ball a lot on first and second down. We have to knock their guys back and get early penetration so we can get them into third and long."
Notes: The Raiders announced a sellout for Sunday's game, only their second in the last 16 home games. This will be the 46th of 129 regular-season home games televised locally since the team moved back from Los Angeles for the 1995 season. ... TE Kevin Boss practiced without limitations and is expected to make his Oakland debut against the Jets. ... K Sebastian Janikowski (foot) also worked out with no setbacks. ... WRs Jacoby Ford (hamstring) and Louis Murphy (groin) were held out of practice. Murphy has already said he will not play this week.
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