Raiders expect opponnts to copy Bills' blueprint

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--After being shredded by Ryan Fitzpatrick against Buffalo, the Raiders will brace themselves for teams that attempt to do the same even if it isn't normally in their game plan.

"It would definitely be a possibility," cornerback Stanford Routt said. "This is a copycat league, so whatever you don't handle one week, you will see it again until you can stop it."

Jackson put himself on the opposite sideline and knew what he would do.

"I'd find out if we got it handled, got it fixed," Jackson said. "That's the nature of the business. One team sees what worked against you, and people are going to see if you've got it solved.

"I think our players understand that. We're looking forward to the challenge."

--The last time the Jets played the Raiders in Oakland on Oct. 25, 2009, Mark Sanchez was caught by TV cameras on the bench munching on a hot dog with his team leading 38-0 midway through the fourth quarter.

He later apologized, saying he was hungry, hadn't eaten, and wouldn't do it again.

Whether it was the humiliation of the score at the time or the act of eating the hot dog, the Raiders remember. Although Campbell said, "we haven't talked about it," it's been a point of conversation.

"Coach showed that to us," defensive tackle Tommy Kelly said. "It was just a reminder. We're going to remind him of that during the game."

Jackson said, "I hope we can make it more interesting for him so he doesn't have to eat hot dogs. Hopefully we can take the mustard and the relish and the onions and all that and put it away and play a little football."

Will Jackson use Sanchez and his hot dog as motivation?

"I can't let all my secrets out. The guy had a hot dog. Was it Der Weinerschnitzel? I don't know. It looked to be pretty good the way he was eating it. So I'm sure we'll have some fun this week."

---The Raiders sold out exactly one game last year and will be hard-pressed to get many sellouts this year with a a season ticket base estimated at under 30,000.

But they've sold enough tickets to be optimistic about the opener to the point where Campbell is excited about the possibility of a raucous home crowd.

"I hear we've got a sold-out crowd, that's exciting," Campbell said. "I think our fans respect the way that we're playing. It's not like we lost last week because we didn't show up. We showed up and played hard, Buffalo just kind of caught fire at the end. They understand we're laying it all on the line for them."

Whether it's sold out or close to sold out, Jackson is looking forward to some noise after two half-empty crowds in preseason, two preseason road games and the first two regular-season games on the road.

"We've been away from our fans. We want that place filled up, silver and black, screaming and yelling for this team," Jackson said.

--Raiders center Samson Satele is a close observer of players at his position and thinks the Jets will be hurting without center Nick Mangold, out two weeks with an injury.

"He's the best center in the league, hands down," Satele said. "Everything he does, pass pro, run blocks, screens, that's why he gets paid a lot. He's the best.

"If he doesn't play, I know Rex (Ryan) would have somebody else to step in there, but not as good as Nick. Just a guy to get the job done. It's a pretty big blow if Nick doesn't play. They've got to handle Richard Seymour, Tommy Kelly and John Henderson."

--Sebastian Janikowski is back in the news again, and for reasons other than his NFL record-tying 63-yard field goal against Denver in Week 1, or his 11 touchbacks in 11 kickoffs through two games.

According to a woman who made a criminal complaint about Janikowski following an alleged incident that occurred over a year ago, the Raiders' kicker forced her into a room in the back of a nightclub and wouldn't allow her to leave, screamed at her and pushed her because he thought she had been taking photos of him.

Janikowski had several alcohol-related arrests at Florida State and in his early days with the Raiders, but none since 2003.

BY THE NUMBERS
22 -- The number of touchdowns Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson has scored against the Raiders, more than he's scored against any other opponent.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"I keep saying the time is now. We're 1-1, we're right at the top of our division. We need to keep playing and keep winning. We need to go back in that winning mode, like I know we can, like I know we will." -- Raiders coach Hue Jackson and the importance of beating the Jets.

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