What game would you watch?

November 3rd, 2011

Florham Park, NJ — This weekend is very important for the New York Jets, not only for their game against the Buffalo Bills in Buffalo but also the game the division rival New England Patriots are playing against the New York Giants. With either a win or a loss for both division teams, this could showcase what we will be seeing for most likely the rest of the season.

So, to all the football fans out there, which game is more appetizing to watch? Is it the QB rematch between Eli Manning and Tom Brady or is it the possible must win for the Jets against the surging Bills? I’m guessing that any die hard Jets fan is going to choose their own teams game and its completely understandable, but what I’m trying to say is which game will keep you glued to the television set. I would have to say the Giants-Patriots game will do that but the game that means more is the Jets-Bills game because if the Jets lose this one it will become extremely hard for them to make a playoff run for the rest of the season, especially with the schedule they are facing.

If you had to choose one game, which would you watch?

Jets bolt past Chargers 27-21

October 23rd, 2011

East Rutherford, NJ – This afternoon at MetLife Stadium started off with the fans making a somber tone but by the end of the fourth quarter it was all cheers from the almost 80,000 people in the stands.

“I want to tip my hat to our fans.” Coach Ryan said, They were fantastic. You talk about home field advantage, well that was probably the difference in the game.”

Talk about home field advantage. The Jets are now 4-0 at home. Jets fans are very well appreciated byy the team and coach Ryan. Keep the noise up. (JetsInsider.com Photo)

Once again the Jets offense started off a bit on the slow side. With a fumble or ’strip away’ by TE Dustin Keller that was returned for a touchdown it looked like it was going to be a long day for Gang Green. Mark Sanchez early in the first half was forcing a lot of balls into double coverage and was getting away with it for a while until he threw an interception that was intended for WR Plaxico Burress in the end zone. From there on out his play seemed to switch and become smarter, which lead to some good drives from the offense.

“I’m proud of the way our guys played.” Sanchez said, “We put our defense in a hole early, I felt like, and almost spotted them 14 points and then came back and won. That was a great effort from Revis and the D line applying pressure and also Kyle Wilson.”

The Jets offense did put their defense in a hole early but the defense was up to the challenge this afternoon and really let the Chargers have it. This is the biggest thing for this football team to do. When the offense is not at the top of their game early, the defense must stick their spikes in the gorund and stay strong in order to give that offense a chance to get their flow going. Everyone knows by now that the Jets start off slow on the offensive side of the ball so they rely on their defense to keep them in the game and today they answered the call.

The defense picked QB Philip Rivers off twice today, one by none other than Darelle Revis and one by his student over the summer Kyle Wilson. The defensive line applied great pressure annd made Rivers feel uncomfortable all game long. Aaron Maybin stood out once again today, recording a big sack on a third down play early in the game. (He might have finally found a team for a while.)

The run game finally found their groove today, at least Shonn Greene did. He rushed for 112 yards on 20 carries and today really stood out as one of the game changers for the offense. If it wasn’t for him moving the ball on the ground so effectively who know what could have happened to their offense and the time of possession.

“Offensively we want to pound them.” Greene said, and that he did.

This was Greenes first 100 yard gain since last season but it doesn’t seem improtant to him. He is putting the team first and is ony concerned about winning week in and week out.

“I don’t worry about that as long as we got the win.” Greene said.

In order for the run game to be successful the offensive line had to show up today and boy did they. They kept Sanchez safe most of the game and opened up some big holes for the RB’s to go through. Greene is giving them full recognition for his performance.

“I mean I can’t explain it more they did a great job.” Greene said, “I think they’re the reason why we got all our points, because those guys protected well, they opened up holes and all I did was run through them, they did the rest.”

Even OL Brandon Moore realizes that the offense returned to that sort of old fashioned Rex Ryan football today.

“Rex made a point we were getting better and we showed signs of getting closer to Jet football but you can look at the film and see we are getting back to that.” Moore said, “We kind of came together for the most part. We just have to string it along and stay with that physical attacking style on offense, getting down hill runs and double teaming and moving without the ball and getting ourrushesup on third downs.”

Lastly we cannot forget about Burress performance today. Three touchdowns in the red zone. Isn’t this the reason why they signed him? Absolutley, 100 percent, YES. They finally used Burress the way teams are suppossed, down in the red zone. The man has had a great career in the NFL and then ran into some trouble but now is back and showed sign of his old self today annd the fans enjoyed watching #17 help their team get past a tough Charger crew.

“We still missed a couple of things. I missed him on the interception, I missed him on a back shoulder earlier in the game but we just kind of hung with it and it took a great effort from him to get open.” Sanchez said, “Plax just had his day and we were waiting for kind of a break out game like this and it all kind of clicked.”

The Jets now enter their bye week with two straight wins and get some down time and time to heal up. Enjoy it while it last because they come back to a good Buffalo Bills team at Buffalo and then the always dreaded New England Patriots at MetLife followed by the Denver Broncos and Mile High and ending this little treat of a schedule with a home game against Buffalo once more. So, today was a good spring board game for both sides of the ball annd we will see what Jet team returns after the by week.

Jets (2-3) vs Dolphins (0-4) — Preview

October 16th, 2011

Florham Park, NJ — With the Jets coming off a three game skid and their team chemistry looking like it is falling apart from the inside out, this Monday night game is huge. Coach Rex Ryan and his team have had their problems in the past with this divisional team but can it turn in his favor tomorrow night? Both teams have had their struggles so far this season and now they will matchup in primetime and we will see who can out last the mistakes.

Pressure is moutning in Gang Green land and something needs to give in order for them to get back to their winnning ways. Their troubles have been blamed on everyone and coach Ryan needs to get his team back to where he wants them to be. (JetsInsider.com Photo)

The Miami Dolphins have been a thorn in the side of the Jets for the past two and a half seasons that Ryan has been the head coach. For what reason, nobody knows but coach Ryan has an idea.

“They are 0-4, (but) they’ve been in every game.” Ryan said, ”This is a competitive team.  (They are) a very physical football team.”

Ryan gave that sort of ‘everyone is a professional’ answer when asked the question Thursday afternoon during his press conference and he is completely right. The Dolphins, yes, have had their troubles but the team is still filled with professional athletes and a good coach in Tony Sparano, so anything could happen.

The Jets as a TEAM need to get it together and focus on helping eachother out instead of throwing people under the bus. For one thing the offense needs to get off to a fast start. I feel like I repeat myself every week but until they show some sign of aggressiveness I will continue to bark at them for the lack of play and play calling. QB Mark Sanchez is on the same page when it comes to getting off to a quick start.

“I think some of the execution stuff has to be better.” Sanchez said, ”The throwing and catching, we’ve got to be better than we were.  And trying to start faster on offense has been a big push this week.”

Can this team offensively be successful? Once again Sanchez has the floor.

“Absolutely. I think if we convert a couple of those third downs, who knows what happens on the rest of the drives. Then we’re sitting here at 3-2 and everybody is saying, ‘Wow, they really turned it around.’ Sanchez said, “So you lose a couple games in a row and of course people want to question the system and the coaching staff or players, whatever it is. But this is basically the same group and the same system that has gotten us to back-to-back AFC Championships. We’re just not executing very well. And that’s on me as a leader to assert myself and make sure we’re doing the right things.”

The Dolphins middle of the pack offense cannot score so look for the Jets defense to step up this week for the first time since the win against the Jacksonville Jaguars in week two when they only gave up three points. They need to focus on the deep threat of WR Brandon Marshall. He has not had a great season so far but the defense cannot take that for granted but I think the Jets corners and safety’s can stop him.  

Lastly, the offensive line of the Jets showed some sort of life last week against the New England Patriots with C Nick Mangold back on the field. Look for that aspect of their team play to be on point as well. Plus the run game has shown improvement but still can use some more push from the backs and blocking from the offensive lineman.

I understand everyone is looking at the Jets as a complete negative right now but if they get this win Monday and the team’s chemistry could build back up (because it seems to be falling) they could potentially turn this train around and start moving back up hill. It all starts from within for any professional franchise. If everyone is on different wavelengths then it will never work. Team work and love for your players and coaches comes before all, the execution and game plan comes second. The love might return to New York this week if the Jets can go out there and play well against the Dolphins. If not, come Tuesday morning, this city will eat them alive.

Fighting from within?

October 13th, 2011

Florham Park, NJ — In now the third season Rex Ryan has been the head coach of the New York Jets he has made it a point to have his team focused on the ‘us against the world’ type attitude. To some, his extremely high confidence level has come off as the wrong thing to do and he has been looked upon as a negative aspect (once again, not all but some fans). The swagger of Ryan for the past two season has been a positive thing for this organization but with the team now flooded with stars, is it backfiring on him?

On the field problems could be blamed on the players, they need to execute but when there is trouble in the locker room, that falls on the coach 100 percent. Rex needs to take control of his team. (JetsInsider.com Photo)

Some players within the locker room have been letting themselves be heard in public without trying to keep it under the radar like a professional should know how to do. WR Santonio Holmes was the first to step up and put his QB Mark Sanchez on blast, along with the play calling ability from the offensive side of the ball. That situation was quickly swept under the rug probably because of the contract the Jets just gave him and he is one of their star players. Coach Ryan made it clear last Thursday in his press conference that everything in his locker room was fine, but is it? Now, with the trading of WR Derrick Mason to the Houston Texans, it only raises some more ears about the problems coming from within and how bad they could really be.

My theory is…. If the team was 4-1 at this point in the season, nobody would even be discussing this right now, but since the team is on a three game skid and going into the next few games where they are most likely not favored to win, it is blowing up rather quickly. It just goes to show you, when a team is winning players can careless about the production they are having. They might care a little bit but in the back of their heads they know not to mess anything up. On the other hand, when a team is losing and going into another tough stretch of games, everything seems to come out very quickly and players don’t filter their thoughts before they speak them or tweet them.

In order for coach Ryan to gain control of this locker room again (not completely out of control but definitley on the fritz) the team must win some games. Winning conqueres all. This might sound a little ridiculous, but winning can heal a broken heart.

The Jets have to take this Monday night game at home against a wounded Miami Dolphins team and go off on them. Their offense needs to build a rhythm and their defense needs to step up to the plate and be clutch in times of need. The team must play as a whole and go hard all four quarters. If the Jets could come out Monday night and do just that, as well as following it up with some big wins against the San Diego Chargers then their bye and coming back and maybe winning two against the hot Buffalo Bills and take revenge on the New England Patriots in week 10, then all of this nonsense going on right now will be forgotten about, but until then, my prediction is it will get a lot worse before it gets better. Trust me, the fans don’t want to see that happen… do they?

Jets offense needs to capitalize

October 6th, 2011

Florham Park, NJ — It is predicted to  be a b-e-a-utiful next couple of days in the tri-state area, weather wise, but for the New York Jets they seem to be carrying a dark cloud over their head where ever they turn. The hovering pressure is looming over their offense and how it has been coming along so far this season but can it change this upcoming Sunday against the Patriots,whose defense seems to be on their heels.

Play calling is going to be key this Sunday from Brian Schottenheimer. The offense in a whole must read the Patriots defense early and exploit their weaknesses. (JetsInsider.com Photo)

QB Mark Sanchez, like some other players, is paying no mind to how they will move the ball this week, he is just focused on winning the game, no matter how it has to be done.

“We need to win, whatever it takes. I’ve said this since day one.” Sanchez said, ”We can throw it 50 times or five times, and when we throw it, I need to complete the ball, and when we run it, we need to get positive yards (and) we need to win the game, so whatever it takes.”

Center Nick Mangold agrees with this plan. Just win baby win.

“We are (going to do whatever it takes) to win the game.” Magold said, ”Whether it’s run the ball 60 times or pass the ball 60 times, I don’t care what we do. We want to go out there and win. Whatever it takes to do that, that’s what we’re going to do.”

The Patriots defense through their first four games of the season has given up 435 rushing yards (91 ypg). So if it is any week for the Jets to have a sort of a break out game by running the ball it might be this one. Sanchez knows about the numbers they have given up but realizes that means nothing. Him, along with his teammates still have to execute when certain plays are called.

“It’s my job to put us in the right play. It’s the offensive line’s job to create holes and the running back’s job to find the hole and get through there.” Sanchez said, ”We’re going to do our best to get back on track run-wise, but at the end of the day, we want to win the game, so whatever that means, whether running it or throwing it, we need to be able to do both.”

The blame for the woes on offense falls on the enitre team as well as the coaches, yes, but the offensive line is the foundation to the house, the engine to the car, the ying to the yang, ok I think you get the jist. The poor performance week in and week out from the offensive line has been effecting the way the team is moving the ball. Once again it goes back to executing in all ways possible and you will succeed.

Mangold is back

October 5th, 2011

Florham Park, NJ — New York Jets center Nick Mangold participated in full padded practice today.

The Jets offensive line has been struggling throughout the first four games and with no depth in sight it could get worse. The positive thing about this upcoming Sunday in the game against New England is that C Nick Mangold will be returning to his normal game duties.

Two peas in a pod. This looks familiar and it will be the sight on the offensive side of the ball this Sunday in New England when the Jets square off against the Patriots. (JetsInsider.com Photo)

QB Mark Sanchez has to be glad about this news. He has been getting rushed and sacked numerous times throughout the two games Mangold has missed, but one player could change that this weekend in the all important game against the division rival Patriots.

“It was nice to have Nick back.” Sanchez said, ”He provides us (with) a lot of leadership on the offensive line. He did a great job today practicing.”

Coach Ryan who showed up to his press conference today sporting a spiffy Hall of Fame blazer from Southwestern Oklahoma State University made it clear that he was also glad about the return of as he says “the best center in football”.

“We’ve said it before, he’s the best center in football. He has that size (and) strength.” Ryan said.

Back to the troubles of the ‘ground and pound’ offense that we have been discussing and trying to figure out pretty much the entire season. If there is any time to let it loose, it has to be now. The Patriots defense has been struggling on the defensive side of the ball, (ranked 32 in the league) suprisingly, Sanchez is a bit thrown off himself but knows at any point that could change.

“They’ve given up a few yards in between the 20s, but once you get in the red zone, they’ve been pretty stout.” Sanchez said, “It’s a well-coached group.  They’ll have a great plan for us like they always do, and we need to play well.”

Mangold who is happy to return to his team doesn’t have the ‘ground and pound’ problem at the top of his list and believe it or not he really doesn’t seem to care (in a good way). The team is a little lost in the wickets right now on the offensive side of the ball but Mangold, like the rest of the organization and their fans wants wins no matter how they can get them.

“I think there needs to be a return to winning.” Mangold said, “Whatever that is, passing the ball, running the ball, I don’t care what it is. We need to get back to winning.”

Sounds like the big guy is coming back with a slight chip on his shoulder and with that attitude he could make an important impact on the game this weekend. We will see if the leadership of the crafty center will change the teams outcome in Foxboro.

Jets (2-1) at Ravens (2-1) — Preview –

October 1st, 2011

Florham Park, NJ — A few things the Jets need to be strong at tomorrow night against the Ravens.

1. Run Defense

2. Run offense

3. Offensive line play

4. Passing offense

Defense, defense, defense -- This Sunday the Jets defense needs to be strong in order to top the Ravens and their stars. (JetsInsider.com Photo)

Everyone knows by now, three weeks into the season, that the Jets are having a bit of a problem moving the ball on the ground and now they have to meet up with the Baltimore Ravens who have been arguably the best defensive team in the league for the past ten seasons, but that doesn’t mean they won’t at least try to run it.

“Are you going to run it against Haloti Ngata, over and over, and against Ray Lewis. We’ll probably have to throw it more than we want.” Coach Ryan said when asked about the offense.

This is another thing that is standing out so far this season, is the fact that the Jets are putting the ball in the hands of QB Mark Sanchez a lot more than last season. He, like all quarterbacks in the game has had some ups and downs this season but practice makes perfect and maybe through the year as he throws more passes his accuracy will rise and his interceptions will fall. He is returning to Baltimore where last season didn’t really shine and the first game of the season, Sanchez went (10-21, 74 yards, and no touchdowns) not a game to want to remember. Sanchez knows this time has to be a lot different in order for his team to stay in the game.

“This is one of the best groups we’ll face all year, a physical group. They know their schemes really well.” Sanchez said about facing the Ravens defense. “They’ve played together for a long time, so this is probably one of the best team’s we’ll play, and we need to play well on the road, answer the call, and play well against this really good team.”

The teams ‘ground and pound’ ways have been a bit rough and to make it even worse, their run defense last Sunday against the Raiders and Darren McFadden weren’t any better. They can’t let this happen again this week. RB Ray Rice is no slouch when it comes to carrying the rock and the Jets defense needs to be on their best behavior or Rice and the Ravens will punish them just like McFadden did. Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine made it clear this week that needs to change.

“Disgusted, frustrated. That was well below our standards.” Pettine said, making it known how he felt about the amount of yards the team is giving up.

Now it is time to move on and worry about the Ravens and Pettine wants his defense to do so.

“It’s Baltimore week”, he said, ”So, if you can’t get pumped up for that one, if you can’t get your juices flowing for this week, Bart (Scott) always calls these, “double chin strap games”, we tell our guys, if you can’t get ready for this one, then you’re sitting in the wrong room.”

Lastly, the offensive line of the Jets played well the first half of last weeks game but in the second half they seemed to simply run out of gas. They gave up four sacks in the second half and Sanchez even suffered a broken nose after taking one of those hits. This week, the Ravens don’t fool around and they will attack Sanchez when needed. The offensive line must play the complete game in order to put a positive spin on the subject. (Side note… C NICK Mangold remains game time decision)

Overall, the Jets need to play as a team for the entire 60 minutes in order to make this game competitive. If that doesn’t happen tomorrow night, then you can count them out early because the Ravens will have their offense rolling and there will be no stopping them. If they do come out as a team and play the entire game, then get ready for a good Sunday night on your couch.

Prediction: I think the Jets defense will show up tomorrow, granted they will have some trouble moving the ball on offense against a top notch defense but I just don’t think they will have enough fire power to shoot the Ravens down. I think the Ravens come out on top with a (24-17) victory. Might be a lot of points for the Ravens but with the way the Jets defense has been performing, it’s not as high as one may think. The defense needs to step up in order to impress me and so far they haven’t. We will see if they can change that tomorrow night in Baltimore.

Cromartie will play Sunday

September 29th, 2011

Florham Park, NJ — After suffering from a bruised lung last Sunday in the Jets loss against the Oakland Raiders, CB Antonio Cromartie is going to return this week for the game in Baltimore at the Ravens.

CB Antonio Cromartie will play this Sunday against the Ravens. What will his impact be? Will he make one? We will find out this Sunday night. (JetsInsider.com)

 ”I feel 100 percent.” Cromartie said, ”I have a little soreness in there but that’s about it.”

I really don’t like giving my own opinion when I write my articles, but isn’t it something what athletes can go through and still be able to come out and play the week after. Anyway, it seems that the ‘lung injury’ might win the injury of the year award (if there was one). This is already the second one of the early season and who knows how many more we might have. First was the Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (punctured lung) who came back and played the week after and lead his team to a victory over the Washington Redskins. Now it’s Cromartie’s turn to top that. Will he return Sunday looking battered and bruised or will he come out with his cape on and be the hero like he was in week two. Well maybe we can swap the cape for some extra protective gear but it’s still sort of super hero-ish. (Batman perhaps)

“We have some stuff that I will wear, protection-wise.” Cromartie said, “But it’s something that’s light that I can move around real well in.”

Cromartie fully participated in today’s practice without a setback or any further complications. The only thing he and the coaching staff are not so sure about is when it’s his turn to tackle an opposing player.

“I went out today, I did some some stuff. I felt good running around.” Cromartie said,”It didn’t give me a problem catching the ball or doing anything else. So, the first thing is going to be, we’ll find out how good I feel after I make the first tackle.”

We do know that Cromartie will be avoiding gettting tackled this Sunday, because according coach Ryan, during his press conference, he made it loud and clear that his star CB will be taking the week off of those duties.
“No, he’s not going to return kicks today, or this week.  There is no chance, unless we really need him.” coach Ryan said, “It’s probably not real prudent to have him run down there and know he’s going to get hit.”
Coach Ryan is looking out for his player 100 percent but Cromartie says there are no limitations for what he can do.
“I feel like I can do it, if my body feels good. If I’m not feeling well then I know I won’t go back.” Cromartie said, “I’m a guy that’s always a competitor and always wants to be on the field at any given time.”
It looks like Cromartie needs to put his pride on the shelf this week and just go out and play a sound game and make some plays against the Ravens offense and try to do everything he can to protect his rib area. There are plenty more games for him to return kickoffs. He proved his toughness just by saying he is ready to play this week, no need to push it too far to the point of a slow return.

Plax misses practice… No worries

September 29th, 2011

Florham Park, NJ — It seems the New York Jets are taking WR Plaxico Burress’ hand and making him walk in baby steps so far this season.

Big Plax misses another practice but no worries, just tightness in the hamstring. He will be out on the field Sunday night. (JetsInsider.com Photo)

At the start of his time with the team Burress had the slight ankle injury that still has come up in the last few weeks and now he has some tightness in his hamstring but says it’s nothing.

“It’s a little sore more than anything, a little tightness.” Burress said, “I went out there and went through individuals and caught a couple of passes but it just doesn’t feel right, little sore, so we just kind of did the smart thing and just had some limited work.”

We will see Burress go against the Ravens this Sunday whose team defense is up there with the best in the league. After the Ravens won their first game which felt like a playoff matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers, they kind of took the week off in week two when they played the Tennesse Titans. Burress knows his team has to take advantage of their man to man coverage.  

“Ed Reed is the guy who really protects those guys. He’s a guy that reacts to the football and makes plays.” Burress said, “What I’m recognizing is that we are going to have to make plays when they bring pressure, when they bring pressure they leave their guys in man to man and single coverage.”

The man to man coverage is what the offense was expecting from the Raiders but they ended up switching it up on them and it hurt the Jets last week. The offense has to realize this and adjust quicker this week if they want their offense to get on the board early and often.

“You really can’t expect  teams to come out and play us the way they see us on tape,” Burress said, “We are going to have to adjust on the fly is what I’ve recognized in the first three games and we are going to have to just execute calls.”

The offense kind of adjusted a bit last week against the Raiders with a few check down throws that turned into big plays. Sometimes it will work, absolutley, but you can’t live and die by dinks and dunks. QB Mark Sanchez needs to get the outside receivers more involved this week in order to get passed the wall that stands in their way.

Jets fall to the Raiders 34-24

September 25th, 2011

Oakland, CA - Was this a must win game for the New York Jets? — This might sound a bit ridiculous but then again it could make complete sense. Today’s game on the road against the Oakland Raiders, where the Jets just couldn’t get it together, may have meant a lot more than just a loss on their record. With the upcoming schedule they are facing in the next few weeks (Baltimore Ravens: road, New England Patriots: road, Miami Dolphins: home and the San Diego Chargers: home) today’s loss might become a dark cloud over New York, if the team cannot bounce back.

Oakland's defense swarmed QB Mark Sanchez in the 2nd Half sacking him 4 times in the Raiders 34-24 win against NY. This sack came from DE Jarvis Moss.

The Jets were punched in the mouth right out of the gates today when the Raiders caught their defense on their heels and went in for an opening touchdown. Right there it looked like it was going to be a long day for coach Ryan and his defense, but before you could blink an eye the Jets offense went back down the field to tie the game at seven and it seemed they were back on the balls of their feet.

The offense was on the balls of their feet for most of the game (finishing with 439 total yards) but it was the defense that hurt the Jets for now the second game of the season. (first one was against the Cowboys that the Jets ended up winning).

“This one stings, no question,” Ryan said in his press conference, ”You have 439 yards of offense and lose the game. It was unbelievable.”

This afternoon the Jets defense was torched by RB Darren McFadden who rushed for 171 yards and two touchdowns (averaging 9 yards a carry). McFadden wasn’t the only running threat that did damage. The Raiders ended up gaining 234 total yards on the ground and averaged 7.3 yards per carry.

“Two hundred and thirty-four yards, (7.3) a carry, I’ve never had that happen, I don’t think, in my life,” Ryan said in his press ocnference.

Coach Ryan was clearly upset with the defensive performance, but he wasn’t the only one that was hanging his head about how the game turned out.

“You can’t expect to win in the NFL giving up over 200 yards rushing,” Jim Leonhard told the Star-Ledger.

The pass rush and run defense or lack there of according to coach Ryan was not only a negative in the first half, but was carried all throughout the game.

“I don’t know what rush defense your’e talking about.” Ryan said during his press conference.

Enough with the negativity, we will return to that again soon. Let’s give some credit where credit is due. In the first half the Jets were doing some things that were positive to their football team. The Jets run game seemed to resurrect itself today,(100 rushing yards for the game) as LaDanian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene (15 carries for 59 yards, 3.9 ypc) had good games coming out of the backfield, (catching and running).

Their offensive line, even without center Nick Mangold was playing exceptionally well, in the first half that is. The young center Colin Baxter did well at the line and his name was barely heard from the announcers, which meant he must have been doing something right or else they would have been all over it. In the first half the big Raider defensive line recorded no sacks but the second half was a different story.

Also in the first half, QB Mark Sanchez was playing pretty well, with only one mistake under his belt, which was the forced throw to the endzone out of the pocket that was intercepted. His true fault might have been not getting the ball to his outside receivers early in the game enough especially against the Raiders man to man coverage, but later in the game he came around but it was too little too late. Sanchez finished the game (27/43, 369 yards, two passing touchdowns, one interception and one running touchdown).

Everything that was golden in the first half, quickly turned to bronze in the second half. The offensive line looked sluggish as soon as the third quarter started. In the second half they gave up four sacks, one in which Sanchez received a cut under his right eye near the bridge of his nose but he is fine.

The offense that was moving the ball with a sort of rhythm in the first half suddenly slowed down immensly in the start of the second half and didn’t seem to come back to life until later in the fourth quarter. In a game that was 17-17 at one point  got out of hand in the second half.

Yes, it is a team game, no doubt about it but there was one player who stood out to me that just couldn’t get away from the trouble today, that guy is CB Antonio Cromartie.

He has been the Jets rock on defense so far this season (in my opinion) and to come out and play a game like he did today just goes to show that even the pros have a bad game.

After being awarded defensive player of the week for his performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars where he had two interceptions, he came out and probably had the worst game he will have all year. Cromartie committed four big penalties, one pass interference call that lead to an Oakland score, and one gigantic fumble that completely took the wind out of the sail of the Jets. The fumble happened on a kick off return that Cromartie tried to get a running start and ended up booting the ball directly to the kick off team. The Raiders ran a few plays and got into the endzone once again, making it 31-17 which made the game out of reach for the Jets.

The Jets tried to have their last minute heroics, like they have been able to pull off in games past, but it didn’t work today. They fell short on a 4th and 2 play in which Sanchez tried to run into the endzone to make it a one possession game but to no avail. The play was at first signaled as a touchdown but under the new review rules the NFL put in this year it was clear to the referees that Sanchez’ knee was down before the ball crossed the pile on. The play lead to a turn over on downs. The Raiders took a knee to run out the clock. One knee is a failure for one side but for the other it is a success.