The New York Jets absolutely crushed the Oakland Raiders on Sunday securing a statement victory in a dominant 34-3 win over their AFC foes.
The skies may have been cloudy, but the winds were blowing for the New York Jets, who came into Sunday’s game riding a two-game win streak over the New York Giants and Washington Redskins, respectively.
Sam Darnold had a spectacular day, as he continues to add to his impressive resume in the last three games. Darnold finished the day 20-of-29 with 315 passing yards, two touchdowns, a rushing touchdown, and zero interceptions.
In the last three matchups, Darnold has seven passing touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns, and just one interception. This is now Darnold’s third straight game with at least a touchdown, as he looked calm, cool, poised, and every bit the young leader you aspire to have under center.
Coming into Sunday, the Oakland Raiders led the all-time series against the Jets 25-19-2, but after this great Jet win, that number will change to 25-20-2.
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Early on offensively, the Raiders looked to their run game with rookie running back sensation Josh Jacobs, but he was met by a physical Jets defensive front who simply wouldn’t give any breathing room to the high-powered Raiders offense.
Nearly every time the dangerous rookie had the ball, he was met by a wall of Jets defensive lineman and linebackers waiting for him.
In coverage, sixth-round rookie Blessuan Austin had a solid game with two tackles, as did the entire Jets defensive backfield. Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye were everywhere, wreaking havoc and creating absolute chaos for the Raiders
If the Raiders had any early momentum whatsoever, it was abruptly erased by Darnold and company the moment he stepped on to the field. This offensive unit went from being shutout by the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football to dropping 34 points in each of their last three games for a combined 102 total points.
Ryan Griffin continued to shine and prove to Jets brass his three-year contract extension was a wise move, finishing the day with a touchdown and establishing the fact that a nice chemistry between he and Darnold is becoming clear.
Robby Anderson found the end zone as well and was close to having two scores on the day. Anderson finished the day with four receptions for 86 yards, averaging 21.5 yards per catch. Perhaps his most memorable was a 31-yard strike from Darnold on a double-reverse, flea-flicker pass play.
Braxton Berrios, a former Patriots special teamer, shined in the green and white as he had a few impressive runbacks, one almost for a score, and finished the day with a respectable 69 yards.
The Jets were able to get a nice running game going as well for the second week in a row with Le’Veon Bell rushing for 49 yards on 12 carries, averaging over four yards a carry. Adam Gase mixed it up a bit as well inserting Ty Montgomery and Bilal Powell into the offensive backfield as well.
Overall, this was a well-rounded, team effort playing complementary football against a superior opponent. The novice viewer would have thought that it was the Jets squad, not the Raiders, fighting tooth and nail for a playoff spot.
The Jets simply outplayed and outcoached the respectable Raiders team, led by Derek Carr, who was benched in the third quarter (along with rookie star Josh Jacobs) for Mike Glennon so as to not risk injury in a lost game.
Glennon came in to send a message, and it was clear. The Jets showed up to play on this rainy Sunday afternoon. You did not.
Defensively, this was yet another outstanding outing for Gregg Williams’ defense, holding the Raiders to a mere three total points (no, that’s not a typo), with Brian Poole securing a pick-six on a beautiful one-handed interception.
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This was a very, very, very physical Raiders offensive front, featuring several All-Pros, but Gang Green wanted this more x0151 and they got it. In case you were wondering, the last time a team below .500 beat a team 6-4 or better was back in December of 1997!
For a team that looked to be spiraling into oblivion a month ago, to absolutely bullying a tough AFC West playoff contender, the Jets have been turning things around. Chemistry is being developed.
The offensive line, which couldn’t protect an elderly woman at a street crossing four weeks ago, played outstanding and well worthy of praise, giving Darnold all the time he needed to rip apart Oakland’s secondary.
Caps off to the coaching, the trainers, and the players for contributing on all sides of the ball, coming out hungrier, and showing the rest of the league why it’s a mistake to give up on your squad. In this case, the high flying Jets.
Oakland came into this game expecting an easy win. Instead, they ran into a reen and white buzzsaw, never really standing much of a chance. Jets fans, enjoy this one and remember it. Your patience, your commitment, your loyalty, it’s paying dividends. Never give up, never stop fighting.
On to Cincinnati.