The New York Jets won their third straight game in a commanding fashion against the previously 6-4 Oakland Raiders, 34-3. This was a thorough domination from start to finish and easily the team’s most impressive performance of the season and the best game Adam Gase and his coaching staff have put together since being hired. Sam Darnold continued his recent hot streak and looks like a completely different quarterback than he did earlier in the season.
Darnold finished 20/29, 315 yards, 2 touchdowns and a rushing touchdown with zero turnovers. He finished with a 10.9 YPA. For the the third week in a row, he played up tempo and showed tremendous accuracy, particularly when outside of the pocket or throwing on the run. Case and point:
The Jets window to make real noise this year in the playoff race has basically been shut due to their losses against Buffalo, Miami, Cleveland, and Jacksonville (they could miraculously finish 9-7 and actually still miss out without major help involved) but Darnold getting better week over week is more important than anything right now. It is also encouraging to see the team continue to fight despite being 1-7. The offense is a well oiled machine right now, spreading the football around in the passing game and doing just enough in the running game to keep defenses honest.
Robby Anderson paced the Jets with 86 yards receiving and scored a touchdown for the second week in a row. Le’Veon Bell added 59 yards receiving and Braxton Berrios broke the game open in the second half with a 69 yard catch and run. Ryan Griffin also scored another touchdown, fresh off signing his new contract.Defensively, the Jets completely shut down Derek Carr and the Raiders offense. Rookie running back Josh Jacobs only managed 34 yards rushing and after an opening drive field goal, the Raiders were shut out the rest of the way. Brian Poole recorded a pick six as icing on the cake of this blowout. Gregg Williams has been nothing short of outstanding this year, considering the injuries he is coaching around. Jamal Adams also added another half sack as he inches closer to the NFL record for sacks in a single season by a defensive back.
There is no reason the Jets cannot extend this winning streak to five games with upcoming games against the Cincinnati Bengals (0-11) and Miami Dolphins (2-9). A five game winning streak is a five game winning streak, regardless of the quality of opponent you are playing. Today’s win also breaks up these victories potentially being against all teams picking in the top five of the NFL Draft as the Raiders still have a legitimate chance to be a wild card team. You have to give credit when it is due and today the Jets were the better prepared and better coached football team…by a wide margin.