Ground & Pound is a rumor. The Jets were held to 100 yards against a terrible run defense. Is it time for the red flag? Maybe. The Jets were running outside effectively early in the game, but they got away from it in the second half. Shonn Greene had another mediocre performance.
Mark Sanchez showed patience against the Raiders' unexpected zone, dinking the ball underneath. But it was a horrible decision on his first-quarter interception. Protection broke down in the second half. LaDainian Tomlinson is a weapon out of the backfield. Another strong outing for TE Dustin Keller.
As bad as it gets. The Raiders ran for 234 yards, the most against the Jets in the Rex Ryan era. The DEs and OLBs did a terrible job of setting the edge against Darren McFadden. The overall tackling was poor. The Jets were beat up physically, and that doesn't happen too frequently.
This should be marked an "A," but Antonio Cromartie brought the grade down with his four penalties. The Jets sniffed out most screen passes -- which are staples for the Raiders -- and held Oakland to 0-for-8 in third-down efficiency. The problem was first down and second down.
The Jets hung tough against the Raiders' dynamic duo -- punter Shane Lechler and kicker Sebastian Janikowski. But the game turned dramatically on Cromartie's costly fumbled kickoff return. There are no excuses, just a lack of concentration.
The defense was unprepared for the Raiders' no-huddle. The offense did a nice job of integrating untested center Colin Baxter, but it got away from the run in the second half. Only two targets for Santonio Holmes? Unacceptable. Questionable decision by Ryan on the 4th-and-2.