The New York Jets went to Oakland and did just about what everybody expected, losing to the Raiders 45-20. This game was somewhat competitive in the first half, until a muffed punt from Kalif Raymond (soon to be cut) set up a Raiders touchdown that gave them a permanent double digit lead. The Jets have the least talented roster in the NFL so it shouldn’t be a surprise that they lost to one of the NFL’s best teams on the road by a wide margin. Let’s dive into a #AsExpected Sunday…
Offensively, the Jets mixed and matched personnel across every position but quarterback. Josh McCown was a thoroughly mediocre 17/25 for 166 yards with 2 touchdowns, both caught by Jermaine Kearse who played a strong all around game, leading the Jets with 64 receiving yards. The saddest part of the day is that second year receiver Robby Anderson only had 4 targets, rookie ArDarius Stewart had zero and rookie Chad Hansen had zero. 31 year old Matt Forte led the Jets in rushing attempts and targets among running backs in the passing game. What exactly is this team doing? Their offense is being carried on the backs of journeymen veterans while their rookies and young players observe the tank from the sidelines of the battlefield.Defensively, the Jets were exposed at all three levels. Their defensive line continued a seven year running gag of being the team’s “strength.” The team recorded 0 sacks. Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams combined for 8 tackles, 0 TFLs, 0 sacks and 0 QB hits. Darron Lee was pushed around like a 5th grader at a high school party. Demario Davis was taken advantage of in coverage repeatedly. Juston Burris was beat up and down the field by Michael Crabtree. Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye played well but they play low impact positions so their performance…didn’t matter all that much.
On special teams, Chandler Catanzaro hasn’t missed a kick this year but the story of the day is Raymond muffing a punt inside the 10 yard line that directly set up a Raiders touchdown. From a coaching standpoint, the Jets competed in the first half and didn’t make any egregious game management errors but ultimately they brought a knife to a gun fight in Oakland.
There is going to be many Sundays like this upcoming, where the Jets are out classed by a team with superior talent, while making perplexing personnel decisions. This is a bad football team who is headed to a top five pick in the NFL Draft. Proceed accordingly. Next week the team will open at home against the Miami Dolphins, likely in front of 12,000 people, half of which will be Dolphins fans.
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