Thank God For Oakland: Jets Beat Raiders Initial Reaction

Thank God For Oakland: Jets Beat Raiders Initial Reaction

It didn’t come out without a steep price but the Jets took care of business today by embarrassing the hapless Oakland Raiders 38-0. The losing streak is over and the Jets now face a monster game at home against the Miami Dolphins (who are now 2-4 after choking away a 21 point lead to the Saints thanks to two Chad Henne INT’s). 5-3 wouldn’t be half bad at the bye and the chance to put Miami at 2-5 is a golden oppurtunity but before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s look back at today:

Running Back Talk: First off it is obviously a shame to see Leon Washington gone for the season. Everybody who reads Turn On The Jets knows about my man crush on #29 and yes I am very upset. I am sure he will rehab hard and be ready to go 100 percent for next season. Fortunately, the Jets traded a handful of draft picks to select a guy named Shonn Greene in the third round this past year who showed he is ready for the NFL today. Greene racked up 144 yards on 19 carries, averaging 7.6 yards per carry and also scored 2 touchdowns. The guy just doesn’t go down on first contact and has a great burst through the hole. Thomas Jones built on his momentum from last week finishing with 121 yards on 26 carries and a touchdown.

Some Offensive Line Love: This is the type of football the Jets are built for. They ran the ball 54 times and threw 15 times. The offensive line pushed the Raiders up and down the field and consistently created big running lanes for Greene and Jones. If the Jets are going to make a playoff push, it is going to be on the backs of their offensive line and running backs. Brandon Moore left for a little while in the second half, but his injury doesn’t appear to be serious and Robert Turner did a good job filling in.

Welcome Back Calvin: After a slow start in his first two games back, Calvin Pace finally re-established himself as the playmaking pass rusher he was last year with 3 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. Donald Stickland was also active in his return to the line-up with 3 tackles and 2 passes defensed. The secondary had a great overall game, with Darrelle Revis making a ridiculous interception and Jim Leonhard also adding an INT on a horribly thrown JaMarcus Russell pass.

The Clown: It is obviously good luck to do an interview here at Turn On The Jets, since David Clowney had his best game as a pro today and recorded his first career touchdown. It was good to see Mark Sanchez spread the ball around today and avoid any turnovers. He still has a ways to go but today was a step in the right direction.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports

  • Coach

    Only comment, was Ja Russell playing for the Jets or Raiders? Solid win vs a bad team. The reason I say solid is due to the travel. Good job but as you said a costly one # 29 ouch. Good luck with the Fish next week. I’m sure they are smarting from their loss yesterday. Kind of the same situation you guys were coming off of this week. Should be an entertaining game.

  • Joe Caporoso

    Next week’s game is huge, you can’t afford to get swept by divisional opponents. Ja Russell is terrible but Oakland did find a way to beat the Eagles, so at least the Jets avoided that type of embarassment. We will miss #29 but #23 will be able to pick up the slack. I hope you got that electricity issue straightened out…what if that happens during wild card weekend?

  • the Iron Marshal

    this is the short and sweet, cause nuttin’ else matters.

    I want my guys to crush Miami.

    Remember Mr. T in the rocky movie? “Paaaaaaiinn” – that’s what I want our guys to inflict upon them.

    Contain the corners, maintain your gaps, and knock the SNOT out of any ‘phin carrying a football who comes near you!

    go JETS!!!!!!!!!

    T I M

  • Solid showing vs a horrible team that somehow managed to defeat the eagles, next weeks game is a must win going into the bye week, keep eating them hotdogs Mark!

  • Joe Caporoso

    miami is absolutely a must win