Raiders hold on to beat Jets

Sebastian Janikowski kicked himself into the Raiders' record books again but more importantly he kicked the Raiders into the win column with his 57-yard field game-winning field goal in overtime. SBI takes a closer look at what else went right and what went wrong in the 16-13 win over the Jets.


· It took a bit of grinding away at the Jets' defense but Oakland's running game played a critical role in the win. Justin Fargas ran for 74 yards and rookie Darren McFadden, showing no signs of the lingering turf toe injury that slowed him in recent weeks, repeatedly gave the team a boost with big runs and by doubling as a receiver (3 catches, 50 yards).

· Wide receiver Javon Walker broke out for his best game of the season and doubled his season output with five catches against the Jets. Walker also got into the end zone for the first time as a Raider and seemed to finally get on the same page with quarterback JaMarcus Russell.

· Oakland's defense played well throughout the afternoon but the best performance may have come from rookie defensive end Trevor Scott. Playing in place of injured Derrick Burgess, Scott came off the bench to record his first two NFL sacks and helped shut the door on Brett Favre and the Jets in overtime.

· The Raiders don't make it a habit of running trick plays on special teams but the fake punt against New York was simply beautiful. It came when Oakland was pinned back on its own half of the field when the Jets weren't expecting anything out of the ordinary and wound up being one of the pivotal points in the game.

· On a day when they did everything they could to give the game away, the Raiders somehow found a way to win and the significance of that is huge. While it's unlikely the team will run the table from here on out, Oakland's players now know they can hold up without folding in the fourth quarter and learned how to persevere through adverse circumstances.


· Oakland nearly imploded in the first half behind a plethora of pre-snap penalties. Whether it was false starts, offsides or illegal formations, the Raiders couldn't get out of their own way and nearly put themselves in too big a hole to climb out of.

· Tackling continues to be a hindrance for Oakland's defense. Favre deftly avoided numerous sacks when it appeared the Raiders had him in their grasp, including once at the end of the fourth quarter that would have put the game away for Oakland. The lack of tackling was really an issue on the Jets only touchdown when first Gibril Wilson whiffed on Leon Washington then Trevor Scott let him slip through his hands.

· Interim Tom Cable nearly outcoached himself in the fourth quarter when he called a timeout on Jay Feely's field goal attempt. The kick hit the left upright but the miss was negated because of Cable's timeout. On the re-try Feely made it and Cable could only stare at the ground.

· Oakland's run defense had been pretty solid all year but the Raiders had problems containing Thomas Jones, who ran for 159 yards and kept the Jets' offense moving.


88.6: JaMarcus Russell's quarterback rating, which was nearly double that of Brett Favre (47.8)

3: First downs the Raiders had in the fourth quarter and overtime until they went on their game-winning drive

14: Penalties called against Oakland, including five false starts

5: Combination of sacks (3) and interceptions (2) put up by Favre

INJURIES · Defensive end Derrick Burgess sat out his second straight game with a triceps strain but the Raiders emerged from the win over New York without any other injuries of note.


· "When we went out there he said, ‘Just pick me a good spot and I'll make it.' We picked a good spot and he just smashed it."

-- Raiders punter/holder Shane Lechler, talking about a brief conversation he had with Sebastian Janikowski moments before Janikowski's game-winning 57-yard field goal in overtime

· "I didn't want to get hurt. I tried to stand up and guys just piled on top of me. It felt good. That feeling was just awesome."

-- Janikowski, describing the on-field celebration that buried him under a pile of teammates

· "It's about time, obviously. I think a lot of people outside of us expect us to blow that. It wasn't pretty, we had a lot of penalties and mistakes but we found a way to win and we needed to do that. After last week's kind of debacle, we all had a gut check and played as a team, and I think we did that today."

-- Left guard Robert Gallery

· "All week I was thinking to myself, ‘How cool would it be for my first sack in the NFL be to sack Brett Favre?' Just the fact that happened not just once, but twice, that's pretty exciting to me. It's a tribute to my D-line coach and the rest of my D-linemen because they're always so patient with me. And defense wins games, every player every day."

-- Rookie defensive end Trevor Scott, who sacked Favre twice, including once in overtime

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