Monday, November 02, 2015

Raiders Blow Up Jets #1 Defense

#22 Taiwan Jones 59-yard TD catch and run

Excuse and disregard, 
If I make you uneasy or come off hard, 
My only intentions are, to let you know it's over.
The Raiders hosted the New York Jets at the Oakland Coliseum. The silver and black simply kept the autumn winds a blowing as they knocked the Jets 'round and upside down and laughed when they conquered and won.

The 34-20 Raiders victory has finally gotten the attention of NFL sports analysts as they're now recognizing a strong possibility of a silver & black playoff berth. All week the Jets were being toted as the best NFL defense with a strong running attack that barely lost to an undefeated New England Patriots last Sunday. They were expected to beat up Raiders QB Derek Carr to a pulp, stuff the Raiders running game and ground the dynamic aerial attack. 

What actually happened was a reversal of roles.  The Raiders knocked starting Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick out of the game with a hand injury in the first offensive series. And it seems the Jets are using that as an excuse for losing and everything else that went wrong. Last I checked Fitzpatrick doesn't cover receivers, stop the run or open running lanes for running backs; all skill sets that were missing in the Jets arsenal yesterday. The Jets lost because they came up against a confidant Raiders team that has everything clicking.

Come on, who could've predicted that former running back, converted to defensive back / special teams, converted back to running back, Taiwan Jones would shake and bake Jets tacklers for a 59 yard after the catch touchdown run? 

Or that WR Andre "Hey" Holmes two pass receptions on the day would both go for touchdowns? Pretty touchdowns.  

#15 Michael Crabtree Touchdown Catch & Run
How is it that on a day that Raiders rookie sensation WR Amari Cooper (5 rec  46 yds   9.2 avg) was held mostly in check that WR Michael Crabtree would look Cooper-like in a catch and run for a touchdown and overall receiving numbers on the day (7 rec  108 yds   12.0 avg)?

And as for the Jets defense beating up second year quarterback Derek Carr, the young captain hit on 23 of 36 pass attempts for 333 yds in guiding the Raiders to 4 touchdowns and 3 Janikowski field goal attempts, 2 made.  Raiders offensive line allowed zero sacks. Zero!

So I suppose I could see where blaming injured quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and backup Geno Smith for the loss would come in handy for the Jets; they're simply in shock and/or denial of that so-called #1 defense getting dominated by an autumn wind of silver & black offense.  

Did I mention that the Raiders also held the Jets bruising rushing attack to just 74 yards while their own RB Latavius Murray trounced the #1 defense for 113 rushing yards?  The Jets first 100 yd rusher allowed this season. Who's to blame for that? President Barak Obama? Come'on Man!

The Oakland Raiders coaching staff gets my game ball.  Sure they could've run the ball more in the second half to run time off the clock, but man, when an offense is clicking like it was on Sunday you just wanna rev up the engine full blast and see what kind of high performance results it'll give you.  And the results have the Raiders win/loss record at 4-3 with more track ahead to be burned up.  

Final Score
Raiders 34
Jets 20

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