The New York Jets lost to the Oakland Raiders 34-24 and let’s just say that some of my followers were losing their mind on twitter. Now I’m not telling people how to react with their emotions to anything in their life. You own that reaction, so own it, but I will say this about the short season: Did you really expect to win every game?
I don’t like to tell people how to react but if you were asking for my opinion, I’d say, DEEP BREATHS. That is all. #LoveMyJets9/25/11 8:27 PM
Don’t tell me, “But Erik, we were supposed to win that game.” We aren’t supposed to win any game. Not to sound cliche, but “That’s why they play the games”. Don’t think that’s true, look at the Patriots / Bills game. Yes the Bills game back from a 21 point deficit and listen to this Jets fans: They lead the division 3-0! Let’s see how long that lasts, but right now, we are 2-1.
Now here are my thoughts about the game.
We are a self proclaimed Running Team That CANNOT Run
What was once our strength is now a huge hole, the offensive line is terrible. In the past we were able to push open holes to fit mack trucks through, but now we cannot rush block let alone pass block. When Mark Sanchez is constantly under pressure and running for his life, you get what we have been seeing for the last 3 games, a so-so Mark Sanchez.
Let me be clear. Mark Sanchez is not built to take a full team on his shoulders to compensate for the lack of the run game. When the offensive line protects Mark, he can scorch a secondary. When he is under pressure, he’s spending most of the game on the ground and leaving games with broken noses and scratches.
The Defense Lost us That Game
The Jets allowed Darren McFadden to get his career high in rushing. The D-line was pushed around and when the linebackers and secondary had a chance to stop him, they were missing tackles. Rex was very vocal saying that the D lost this game and that the O was not to blame. I kind of agree, but again that O-line needs to improve.
McFadden Killed the Defense
Antonio Cromartie probably had his worst game ever as a pro and a Jet. The previous week he was the hero and this week the goat. Cromartie finished the day with a bruised lung, four penalties and a fumble. It looked like he was pressing too much and I think the Jets need to let him do what he does best, just play corner back.
Crazy plan with Cromartie – full-time kick returner and full-time cornerback. Made little sense.
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I don’t think that he alone lost us this game, but he definitely gets some blame.
I ran a poll last night on the site, and it’s still live. I ask you the reader, who lost us the game?
Other Quick Thoughts:
LT is the Raider Killer. He saved Mark’s butt on the check downs when he was getting so much pressure in his face.
Colin Baxter did a decent job filling in for Nick Mangold
Wayne Hunter continues to have a bad season.
Antonio Cromartie will bounce back, but just play him as a corner back. Take him off the kick off team, and play Kerley.
The Raiders were the bullies this game and played a more physical game than the Jets. Did you see the hit on Jim Leonhard? Whoa Mama.
Despite the poor O-line play, I did like what I saw from Shonn Greene. Give him the rock more.
The ONE play that changed the game was when Mark Sanchez rolled right on 1st and 10 and threw an interception in the end-zone. Mark, THROW the ball away and live another play. Ugh.
Nick Folk is PERFECT this season. (No I didn’t jinx him, but fans need to get off his back).