OAKLAND, CA - The Raiders beat the damn breaks off the Jets. We're talking complete obliteration. Ryan Fitzpatrick hurt his thumb and Geno Smith had to fill in, as Bart Scott would say the defense "couldn't stop a nose bleed" as the Raiders ran all over the Jets and Derek Carr sliced and diced the secondary with ease.
Fitzpatrick got hurt on the first drive of the game, he started the drive completing all three of his passes for 21 yards but he failed to slide, and hurt his thumb, as he scrambled 12 yards for a first down. Smith came in and the Jets picked up 35 yards (23 yards on Smith's only pass of the drive to Jeremy Kerley) but ultimately settled for a field goal. After that the Jets fell off the rails as the defense completely failed to show up.
The Raiders were able to do whatever they wanted on their first three drives of the game. They ran the ball 14 times for 74 (5.3 yards per carry) and Carr torched the secondary, mostly Antonio Cromartie, throwing for 178 yards on 14-18 passes and three touchdowns in the first half as the Raiders first three drives went for 10 plays for 78 yards, 10 plays for 76 yards and five plays for 78 yards and all ended in touchdowns.
The defensive line got absolutely no pass rush, they couldn't stop the run Latavius Murray ran for 68 yards on 10 carries himself in the first half and Carr made sure all the Jets corners shared in taking the abuse as Darrelle Revis, who was playing Amari Cooper with very soft coverage as a huge sign of respect, gave up a few completions, Buster Skrine got beat for a touchdown and Cromartie got roasted like a chicken.
The Raiders didn't score on their fourth drive of the half but that's because Sebastian Janikowski missed a 52 yard field goal. The Jets offense only managed 118 yards in the first half (82 passing yards, 61 yards from Smith along with an interception, and 36 rushing yards on 13 carries) and were only able to score two lousy field goals to go into halftime down 21-6. It didn't get any better in the second half as the Raiders took the first drive of the half 93 yards, in six plays, for another touchdown on a 59 yard screen pass to Taiwan Jones in which he made three Jet defenders whiff on tackles.
The Jets were able to tack on 14 second half points but the defense couldn't slow down the Raiders as they rode cruise control enroute to a 34-20 victory dropping the Jets to 4-3.
The defense failed as a unit, no pass rush, piss poor tackling on runs and screen passes, blown coverages all around, but Cromartie and DeMario Davis were victimized the most. Cromartie got burnt to a crisp on multiple occassions, and also missed several tackles, and Davis missed numerous tackles and got shook right out of cleats on multiple occassions.
All things considered Smith played pretty well, he held onto the ball far too long to take too many bad sacks and had the one really bad deep throw to Brandon Marshall that was intercepted but otherwise he looked pretty good. Especially considering he came in cold, without getting first-team reps in practice, and had no running game or pass protection with Nick Mangold out. He finished the day 27-42 for 265 yards two touchdowns and an interception.
Smith took a lot of punishment, partially due to poor pressure but also because he was too stubborn to throw the ball away at times, and actually had to leave the game on the last drive because he took a helmet right to the gut on a sack. Fitzpatrick came in for two passes, completing one and missing on the other, before Smith closed out the game throwing a perfectly catchable ball that was dropped by Marshall.
The final score read 34-20 but the Jets got whooped from the start and you can talk about the absence of Mangold, the poor pass protection, the nonexistent running game and the Fitzpatrick injury if you'd like but this loss falls squarely on the shoulders of the defense as Carr and the Raiders offense made the Jets defense look silly and borderline pathetic for most of the day.
INJURY NEWS AND NOTES:
Losing their second straight game, in embarrassing fashion is bad enough but losing Fitzpatrick (torn ligaments in his left thumb, MRI tomorrow), Skrine (shoulder) and having Marshall get banged up with a toe and ankle injury only compounds their problems. On top of that Smith suffered abdomen and shoulder injuries.
Mangold reportedly wanted to play today but the team doctors wouldn't clear him which means he should be able to play against the Jaguars next week.