1) Antonio Cromartie and the secondary - The secondary allowed 265 yards, two touchdowns and 13.3 yards per reception to Matt McGloin. Cromartie was beaten for a touchdown where he banged into Ed Reed letting Rod Streater walk into the end zone, he was beaten cleanly on a 40 yard reception by Andre Holmes and got called for a 30+ yard pass interference call where he was face guarding. Streater had seven catches for 130 yards and a touchdown, Andre Holmes had three catches for 63 yards, Marcel Reese got loose out of the backfield twice for 38 yards and Mychael Rivera the tight end had five catches for 21 yards and a touchdown. The team couldn’t get off the field in the second half allowing the Raiders to convert 3rd and longs and two 4th down conversions as well. The improvement of Ed Reed and Dee Milliner this game are the positives to take away and Cromartie’s head injury is something to watch as well. Steve Smith and the Carolina Panthers await next Sunday so this needs to get worked out in a hurry.
2) The front seven was ineffective - The Jets mustered only two sacks (Coples & Pace) and three quarterback hits and allowed the Raiders to rush for 150 yards at 5.8 yards per carry including a 64 yard touchdown run up the middle by Marcel Reece where he out ran the entire defense. Muhammad Wilkerson had his second poor game in a row and Sheldon Richardson did not make an impact and may have hit the rookie wall. They each had two tackles and Richardson recorded a quarterback hit. Demario Davis has been terrible in coverage and today was no exception. Calvin Pace had a good game with a sack (his 8th), two tackles for loss and a quarterback hit. This talented group needs to turn this around and quickly for the stretch run.