New York Jets vs. Oakland Raiders: Top 5 takeaways from Week 2
By Jason Rodriguez
The New York Jets got manhandled in Week 2 against the Oakland Raiders as they head back east for the home opener.
The New York Jets took another setback in development in Week 2 as they went into the Oakland Alameda Coliseum and got beaten up by the Raiders to the final score of 45-20. From the start and the end of the game, the Jets had a shot to stun the Raiders but fell through in key situations.
Looking at the offensive side of the football and the special teams, the turnovers were costly errors that stalled the Jets offense from getting anything established. Like last week, the Jets offense went 3 and out a lot and this made the defense stay longer on the field.
With the loss, the Jets are now 0-2 and will need to regroup and prepare for the Miami Dolphins in Week 3. In this game, there were a lot of things that as a fan you shake your head.
Now, let’s take a deeper look and break down the top five takeaways from this Week 2 matchup.
Next: 5. Offense struggles once again
5. Offense struggles once again
Just like last week, the Jets offense looked completely lost and like they were asleep. They dropped a lot more footballs as Bilal Powell and again Robby Anderson were the culprits this time around.
The Jets only established 271 yards of total offense which is a stat you don’t want to see. They had multiple penalties in the game and two of three were on the offensive side of the football. In the red zone, the Jets went 2 for 2 which is important to score when you are in that part of the field.
Once again, the playcalling wasn’t mixed up which is frustrating to see under new offensive coordinator John Morton. If they apply more passing plays it could open up the field and help put points on the board. The offense needs to stay on the field longer to give the defense a rest. Morton was very conservative with the playcalling this week.
Next: 4. Defense is unable to establish any pressure
4. Defense is unable to establish any pressure
Sunday’s game was just as hard to watch due to the defensive line of the Jets bringing no pressure at all against quarterback Derek Carr. Carr had a lot of time in sitting or running out of the pocket while making fools of the Jets secondary for a second straight week.
Carr threw for 230 yards and looked like he was having a grand old time against the Jets defense. The Raiders were 3 for 4 in the red zone and the Jets were unable to do much against them as they scored at will.
The defensive line is supposed to be amongst the best in the NFL for how athletic they are, and they don’t even come close to looking like it. They don’t bring consistent pressure and as the results show, they were embarrassed by too many missed tackles and assignments.
The offense of the Raiders dropped 410 yard of total yards which tells you nothing changed from last week. Like always, it’s the “Same Old Jets” which has been the case for many years now.
Next: 3. Secondary couldn't stop a runaway train
3. Secondary couldn’t stop a runaway train
For the second straight week, the Jets secondary had a horrific performance which is very frustrating to watch. Three costly penalties and too many missed coverages allowed the Raiders receivers and tight ends to get open.
Clearly, the secondary of the Jets has major work ahead of them before they can play a full solid defensive game. Otherwise, outstanding quarterbacks will continue to pick them apart every single game.
Obviously, it’ll take time for the secondary to work as a cohesive unit but again, they’re lacking the basic fundamentals of coverage, sticking to assignments, and execution. Hopefully, they get it together soon than later otherwise, this will continue to be a very long season.
Next: 2. Offensive line falters for a second straight week
2. Offensive line falters for a second straight week
The weakest part of the team coming into the season was the offensive line. Sunday showed big time as the offensive line didn’t get any penetration to drive back the opposing defenders.
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They aren’t communicating in who needs to block and when a blitz is happening at any point. The offensive line was not able to contain the Raiders defensive pressure which allowed them to cash in on the Jets mistakes. They also had very costly penalties brought on themselves which hurt drives.
This inexperienced line and whomever the quarterback is could get hurt very easily. For now, they’re inconsistent and at the end of the day, need to get it together before eventually, one of the younger quarterbacks on the roster gets their shot to prove their worth.
Next: 1. Josh McCown needs to be benched
1. Josh McCown needs to be benched
This was another bad performance by McCown who again, fumbled the football. He has struggled throughout his career and it continued Sunday.
McCown is on borrowed time since the Jets need to infuse some kind of spark on offense. He continued to force throws into double coverage and didn’t use his check downs.
It’s time the Jets tried to put in one of their younger quarterbacks that can air it out and take shots downfield. It is clear that he is not the answer the Jets need as an effective starter. If they were to put another quarterback in, then I would say put in Bryce Petty.
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Petty has better arm strength and would more than likely make this offense an even better one. McCown can only do so much but it’s time the Jets started to see what Petty can do at this point in time.