East Rutherford, NJ – Jamal Adams said the team felt disrespected by the amount of Raiders fans booing the Jets in their own stadium. So, they decided to show the Raiders, and their fans, the same level of disrespect right back.
The Raiders jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead, but that one, lonely, field goal was all they could muster as the Jets rolled off 34 consecutive points on their way to their third straight victory. Sam Darnold completely dissected the Raiders defense, played a damn near flawless game and made it look easy.
The more they get Darnold on the move, the easier the game is for the second-year quarterback. Darnold isn’t rolling out only because the pocket is collapsing on him anymore, now it’s by design and it’s made all the difference. Now it’s built into the play, which makes it easier to avoid pass rushers and design combo routes for the receivers to play off of each other and shake free. All of this keeps the defense off-balance and forces them to react, but by the time they react it’s too late, Darnold has already made a play.
Darnold finished the game going 20 for 29 for 315 yards, two touchdowns, no turnovers and a 127.8 quarterback rating. But that includes the fourth quarter numbers, when the game was already decided, in the first three quarters, Darnold was 18 for 24 for 272 yards and of those six incompletions at least four of them came on very smart throwaways.
As great as Darnold was, the Jets defense was every bit as good. The defense completely dominated the Raiders and shut them down all day. They held rookie running back Josh Jacobs to 34 rushing yards on 10 carries and only allowed a total of 68 rushing yards on 22 carries for the entire game. Not only was Derek Carr held to a paltry 127 passing yards on 15 completions and 27 attempts with an interception and zero touchdowns (quarterback rating of 52.5), but he was actually pulled from the game and replaced by Mike Glennon.
The Raiders managed just 10 first downs, went five for 15 on third-down, gained only 208 total net yards and scored zero touchdowns. All while their defense was getting carved up like your Thanksgiving turkeys by Darnold.
After three straight convincing wins the Jets will regroup and look to make it four in a row next week. It’s on to Cincinnati.