Week 2: Jaguars-Raiders matchup analysis

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Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1) at Oakland Raiders (0-1)
Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, Calif. - TV: CBS
*TV announcers: Spero Dedes, Steve Tasker
*Keys to the game: It took overtime for the Raiders to sneak past Jacksonville, 26-23, last season and the rematch between teams likely vying for the No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft could be another tight one. QB Chad Henne is in for the Jaguars with Blaine Gabbert (lacerated hand) against Terrelle Pryor, the Raiders' first-year starter who acquitted himself nicely in the opener. Neither has a star-studded supporting cast and there's pressure on each defense to step up. Henne's top receiver last week was running back Justin Forsett. The lack of receiving options amplifies the need for RB Maurice Jones-Drew to move the chains. The Oakland native suffered a season-ending injury on the first play from scrimmage on this very field last season and is determined to prove he's still a game-changer. Pryor and RB Darren McFadden give the Raiders an effective combination in a conservative scheme without a go-to receiver. Pryor, who rushed for 112 yards in the opener, is determined to prove he's a downfield passer but coaches will remind him to take what the Jaguars give him.
*Matchup to watch - Raiders LT Khalif Barnes: With Menelik Watson (knee) out for a month, it's up to Barnes, a veteran right tackle, to protect Pryor's blindside.
*Player spotlight - Raiders PK Sebastian Janikowski: In a nip-and-tuck affair, Janikowski might qualify as a weapon. He has 42 career field goals of 50-plus yards and needs no introduction to kicking off of the infield dirt at the Raiders' multi-use stadium. Jaguars PK Josh Scobee didn't attempt a field goal or extra point Week 1.
*Fast facts: Raiders FS Charles Woodson (55) is second among active players in career interceptions behind Texas FS Ed Reed (61). ... The trip to Oakland will begin a string of four road games in five weeks for the Jaguars, who will stay on the West Coast next week to prepare for the Seattle Seahawks.
The Raiders surprised some with their competitiveness at Indianapolis and Oakland was arguably better than expected in all facets. They stuffed Jones-Drew and Henne in a relief role last season, and a repeat is likely as Jacksonville's growing pains continue.
*Our pick: Raiders 20-10

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