Oakland Raiders beat New York Jets: Week 2 Offensive grades
By Michael Pallas
The New York Jets left Oakland with yet another loss at the hands of the Raiders, 45-20, but the offense performed better this time around.
The offense was very inconsistent in Oakland for the New York Jets on Sunday. They had their highs and lows, but, unfortunately for another week it was a lot more lows than highs.
The offensive line did much better in the running game, and as a result the running backs performed much better. They didn’t rush for a touchdown, but they did average five yards per carry, including Josh McCown rushing for 38 yards on scrambles.
The pass protection still needs a lot of work though. The Jets offensive line allowed pressure on 50 percent of McCown’s dropbacks, as per Rich Cimini of ESPN. That’s going to have to change for this offense to be able to get going.
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McCown finally took some chances downfield as well. He hooked up with Jermaine Kearse early on a pass that was more than 20 yards in the air. That’s a sign McCown is getting more comfortable with his receivers and the receivers are more comfortable with the offense.
With that said, the receivers had trouble getting open against the Raiders zone defense. Teams are going to play a lot of zone against the Jets, to keep running plays in front of them, until they can show they can attack them deep.
The Jets offense showed some signs of improvement from Week 1, and they’re taking a slow progression up the mountain. McCown is just getting his feet wet because most of the reps during preseason went to the young quarterbacks.
At least the offense is moving forward, rather than backward, like some aspects of the team. It’s a small step forward, but it’s progress.