Initial Reaction: Painful One – Jets Lose Ugly In Oakland

One of the primary talks of this off-season was the need to win the AFC East, to avoid a three game road trip being the road to the Super Bowl. Today the Buffalo Bills, who must now be taken seriously as s contender knocked off the New England Patriots, giving the New York Jets an early opportunity to gain a game on them. Unfortunately, the Jets squandered that opportunity with an ugly performance in Oakland that resulted in a 34-24 loss.

After an initial punch in the mouth that put them down 7-0, they seemed to regain their balance after going ahead 17-7. Yet a huge run from Darren McFadden set the tone for the Raiders to come storming back to take a 31-17 lead. Despite a late comeback attempt, the Raiders did hold on.

Where to start? Antonio Cromartie and his bonehead play on kick return? Not only did he drop a line drive, instead of falling on the ball, he tried to pick it up resulting in a lost fumble. He left this game with injured ribs after being called for 4, yes 4 penalties. The officiating was an atrocity in this game but 4 penalties and a fumble is inexcusable. Overall it was a poor performance from the defense who allowed McFadden to run all over them, generated no pass rush, and couldn’t come up with any big plays.

The offensive line was terrible in the second half, making Mark Sanchez rattled. His stat line will look pretty in this one, as he threw for 369 yards and 2 touchdowns but this wan’t his best effort. He had another bad interception and was shaky in the pocket. The offense must also find a better way of getting their starting receivers involved. Plaxico Burress didn’t get going until late and Santonio Holmes only had 1 reception.

There was also poor coaching at the end of the game, as the Jets should have had the field goal team ready so they would have a shot for an onside kick. Instead they ran a play and Sanchez came up short on his scramble. Overall, it was just an ugly, uncharacteristic meltdown. Unfortunately there is no time for a pity party with Baltimore and New England coming up on the schedule.

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

  • Linnie

    Unfortunately, you are dead on with your analysis. Couldn’t agree more, Joe, even though I’m still reeling over how bad we played today on D and on the O line protecting (or NOT)Mark Sanchez. We had a perfect chance to go one up on Brady & Co. and now we have the 3-0 Bills to stare in the face for 2 games in our division …

    The ‘only’ saving grace is that Brady threw 4 picks today and wasn’t the invincible ‘master of the game’ he usually is. No consolation but at least they lost too.

  • Nick

    So how long are we going to continue with this sanchez experiment? He was atrocious. BEFORE you think 300+ yds 2 td and a pick is a good day take a look at the field position he was given. How do you start in the opposing teams red zone and come up with nothing. How do u throw for 3 yards when u need 12? Yes LT broke one but dont count on that every time he touches the ball. He has been given so much talent around him and he cant take advantage.

    And then there is Alcrotraz. He should be locked up for the penalties. When he is good he is real good. When he is bad he is terrible. Hopefully wilson can step up while cro’s ribs are healing

    Pass rush where are u?

    Finally Baxter exceeded my expectations but i did notexpect much. Hunter needs to be replaced. Can we get woody back?

    In summary we are still 2-1. Win the next two and all is forgiven.

  • the people that ive met in ca from ny are the stupidest foolass pu!!ies. you just got your no1 defence roasted by the no1 offence and we also got the crappy side of officials calls also, we also have key injurys. quit making excuses you guys are overrated ,and the substantially better team won. we bullied your team on the field and i bullied your fans at the bar. quit writting articles because youre a f,ing retard.