The Jets got sucked into the Black Hole on Sunday. Not good? How about, the Raiders ran over the Jets in Oakland? Eeh, I’ll work on it. Anyway you cut it, the Jets came up short at the Coliseum with their 34-24 loss. Jets Nation seems to be morning the hangover, ready to press the panic button.
A loss on their first leg of a three-game road stretch is tough, considering they go to Baltimore and New England in the next two weeks. But it was how the Jets loss that was most concerning. Raiders running back Darren McFadden manhandled a Jets defense that prides themselves on stopping the run and imposing their toughness on others. The Raiders outhit, outran, and out-toughed the Jets. The bullies were finally bullied — beat at their own game.
PASSING OFFENSE: C+
- Mark Sanchez (369 yards, 3 total TDs, 1 INT) played admirably for his team, despite the interception in the end zone early in the first quarter — wiping out a 53-yard punt return by Jeremy Kerley. He stood in there and took a lot of hits from the Raiders, sporting a cut on his face and a banged up nose. He told reporters after the game that he had to have X-rays on his nose to see if it was broken.
- Speaking of the offensive line, they gave up four sacks and six more hits on the Sanchez, who was consistently rushed from the pocket. Baxter played well at times, but the loss of Mangold was felt as Sanchez had pressure up the middle all day.
- Five receivers had three or more receptions, including LaDanian Tomlinson (5 receptions, 116 yards, 1 TD) who enjoyed a breakout game. They played the underneath pass too often against a defense that played man coverage — an area they were notably going to attack earlier in the week.
RUSHING OFFENSE: B
- Shonn Greene had a solid game (59 rushing yards, 3.9 yards per carry), but had the support of Tomlinson on the ground as well, who had 6 carries for 38 yards. Greene did his best LT impression, pulling in seven receptions for 47 yards.
- The Jets were successful on runs to the outside and screens. That could have been due to an aggressive Raiders’ front, or the team feeling uncomfortable without Mangold under center.
PASSING DEFENSE: D
- They allowed Jason Campbell to be in control. He played a mistake-free game, while keeping his jersey clean (1 sack — where he was tripped up by McFadden and downed by David Harris. He completed two-thirds of his passes for 156 yards, which is all you could ask out him after the performance the Raiders got out their passing game.
- Antonio Cromartie has proven to be one of the most polarizing figures on this Jets roster. He seems always to find his way at the apex of the game — for better or worse. This week it was worse, being penalized four times and having a costly fumble on a kickoff return that should’ve be downed in the first place. His reputation of being too touchy with receivers perceives him, giving the advantage to the receiver who has ever taken an acting class.
- The pass rush has been a problem area all season, and against a rough and rumble Raider o-line it showed. The defensive backfield last year recorded nine sacks, but we have yet to see the Jets blitz defensive backs with the same consistency. Playing more nickel packages gives the option of sending that nickel back off the end or a safety up the gut while giving the offense a different look than a 3-4 or 46 defense.
RUSHING DEFENSE: F
- Four touchdowns on the ground on a 234-yard rushing day that was the worst the Jets had allowed in 41 games—including playoffs—with Ryan as coach. They had three runs of 20 yards or more, including runs of 70 and 27 yards by McFadden and Denarius Moore turning 23-yards for a score on a reverse following McFadden’s run of 27 yards.
- The Raiders offensive line overpowered the Jets front as they were able to get the second level of the defense — as proof by the vicious block on safety Jim Leonhard that scored as a metaphor for how the game went.
- After two standout games, Bart Scott (4 tackles, 2 assisted) should take this one personally. Expect him to be dialed up returning to his former team in Baltimore and ready to prove that Sunday was a fluke. The defense runs through the confidence and play of Scott.
- They faced their toughest test on the ground in McFadden and Michael Bush, and it doesn’t let up this week as they face Ray Rice of the Ravens. He’s slippery between the tackles and effective in the passing game.
SPECIAL TEAMS: C
- Cromartie’s fumble sucked the air out the game for the Jets. He was trying to make a big play and didn’t see the ball in. And instead of falling on it, he tried to make up for his mistake and turned it over.
- The fumble also over shadows a great game for Jeremy Kerley who took four punts back for 80 yards — highlighted by a 53-yarder. Joe McKnight also chipped in with a 50-yard kick return late in the game.
- Schottenheimer dialed up Jeff Cumberland’s and Matt Mulligan’s number in the end zone instead of Dustin Keller or Plaxico Burress. Granted those attempts should have been completions but that uncertainty is what you get when going to younger players. He called a great game, but as usual clammed up in the red zone.
- Mike Pettine and Rex Ryan need to go plug their holes before facing Baltimore and New England, who both sport big offensive lines. They can’t afford to be beat on the ground like they were this past week.
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