How do you go out to Oakland to face a 1-1 team and slink out as ten point losers? Man...
I'm mad today. Partially because I don't think the Jets are one tenth as mad as I am and they are the ones playing the games. They got some bad breaks. I get it. Clearly the officiating crew was more interested in people knowing they were out there than calling a good game. I've seen rougher hugs than the roughing the passer call that went in Oakland's favor. Three drive extending pass interference calls against Cromartie where there was little to no contact? Does not compute. Those 14 extra points did though.
Sanchez and his early interception had me thinking this was going to be a disaster. I was right about that part, but outside of that pick, and being sacked four times (the o-line should be ashamed of themselves) he didn't play poorly. He ended the day with 389 yards on 27 of 43 completions, with two passing and two rushing touchdowns. He very nearly got the game in hand at the end, but it just wasn't enough. I am mad about that botched fourth down play though.
So where did it all go wrong? I'll start here: Darren McFadden. The defense allowed this guy to run all over them, all day long. Starting with a 74 yard touchdown run punctuated by non existent tackling and an inability to catch up. Then there was the whole, "we can't get to the quarterback" thing. Never a good look. Especially when you're playing from behind. Out of all of their points yesterday, all but six came on rushing touchdowns.
Cromartie's fumble on special teams didn't help either. Nor did the continued slow to missing running game. Improved from last week, but not by very much.
I already mentioned the twelfth man on the field in zebra stripes.
There were very few things that went right yesterday, but I was happy to see Ladainian Tomlinson and Plaxico Burress come out and play well. Also looks like Dustin Keller is finding his stride, even though he wasn't able to put any points on the board yesterday. Kerly remains impressive on pr/kr duty.
Really though, this was a bad game. No way to sugar coat it. I would like to hope that it will hang over the Jets all week and make them angry as hell, but who knows.