As I have said before, the Oakland Raiders are opportunists. By that, I mean that they easily lose at home as they do on the road. Perhaps they were full of themselves when they upset the Philadelphia Eagles last week. Who knows, really? Nonetheless, the Raiders reverted to their normal selves as they accumulated a “whopping” 263 yards of total offense as the visiting New York Jets easily snapped their 3-game losing streak, annihilating Oakland 38-0 at Oakland-Alameda County Stadium.
Turnovers hurt the Raiders as they committed four of them – two by quarterback JaMarcus Russell. And as expected, the Jets made hay on those mishaps as running back Thomas Jones scored on a 1-yard run while quarterback Mark Sanchez scored on a 3-yard run, giving New York a 14-0 lead. The second quarter nearly mirrored the first period as the Jets scored twice – once on a 8-yard run by RB Shonn Greene and a 39-yard field goal by kicker Jay Feely, padding the Jets’ cushion to 24-0 which they would take to their locker room at halftime.
The third quarter was also all New York as Sanchez tossed a 35-yard TD pass to wide receiver David Clowney, upping their lead to 31-0; the final nail in the coffin took place at the 6:30 mark of the final quarter when Greene rushed for his second TD of the game – this one from 33 yards out. but the Jets paid a heavy price for the victory as it was discovered that RB Leon Washington will be out for the rest of the season with a broken right leg, suffered during the first quarter.
The quarterbacks didn’t really figure in the game, statistically. Ball control was the modus operandi as Sanchez went 9-of-15 for 143 yards and a passing TD; he also rushed for a TD. The Raiders used two QB’s during the game – neither one standing out at all. Russell went 6-of-11 for 61 yards and a pair of INTs while his replacement, Bruce Gradkowski, went 10-for-19 for 97 yards. The Jets rushed for a ridiculous 316 (not a tpyo – 316!) rushing yards, led by Greene with 144 yards and 2 TDs while Jones added 121 yards of his own; Justin Fargas led the Raiders rushing attack with 67 yards.
Clowney led all Jets receivers with 4 recptions for 79 yards and a score while Oakland’s Louis Murphy caught 4 passes for 58 yards. New York (4-3) looks to extend their winning ways as they return home to host the Miami Dolphins next Sunday while Oakland (2-5) make the flight south to San Diego to face the Chargers – also on Sunday.