Here we go again Jets fans. The Jets managed to go to Oakland and find a way to lose to a 1-4 Raiders team, a team that quit for their interim coach last week in New Orleans. A team that was ripe for the picking. The Jets forgot to show up. With the exception of the Jets running game, the rest of the team took a week off in week 7.
Let's start with the offense. What happened to Brett Favre. Last week against the Bengals, he did not have a great game by his standards, but he managed the game and got a win. This week you would think he would have a bounce back week against a sub-par team. Not so much. Favre was 21/38 for a 197 yards and 2 interceptions. He was just not able to get into a groove yesterday. The Raiders did a good job of taking away the deep threats, leaving Favre to look over the middle for open receivers. Chris Baker had a great opening drive for the Jets with 4 receptions and then disappeared, having only one reception after that. He led the team with 5 catches. Favre now has 4 interceptions in the last 2 games with 1 TD pass. We all know what you get with Brett, but you would think with the teams the Jets have played the last 2 weeks (Bengals, Raiders), he would have more TD's then picks. On a positive note, the Jets running game finally showed up. Thomas Jones had his best running game for the Jets, running for 159 yards on 24 carries. He also managed some long runs as well, busting one run for 31 yards and another for 20 yards. This is something the Jets have been lacking from Jones, big gains from the backfield. As a team the Jets ran for 242 yards, their best performance in recent memory.
Defensively, the Jets had two sides as well. The rushing defense, which was third in the league giving up 69 yards per game, got lit up for 153 yards, their worst performance of the season so far. The Jets, who are one of the league leaders in sacks as well, were only able to manage to sack JaMarcus Russell one time. The Jets were just not able to get enough pressure on the young quarterback yesterday. The defense did keep him in check for the most part until the game got to overtime. Russell was able to get two big plays in OT that sealed the game for the Raiders. On the Raiders third drive of OT, Russell was able to hit Javon Walker for a 16 yard gain and Zach Miller for a 27 year gain, that set up the game winning field goal. Kerry Rhodes went in on a safety blitz and was clipped buy his own teammate on the way in, allowing Russell to hit Miller on a 27 yard pass to get inside the Jets 40 yard line. This allowed Sebastian Janikowski to hit a career best 57 yard field goal in OT to give the Raiders the win.
This was a tough one to swallow. This game was a must win for the Jets, who have a tougher part of their schedule quickly approaching. Favre needs to cut down on the mistakes and get this team in the end zone more. This is why the Jets got him, to win these kinds of games. The good news is the running game finally took off, but that was about the only highlight for Gang Green this week. The Chiefs come into town this weekend in what has turned out to be a must win for the Jets. A win will put them over .500 when the head up to Buffalo in 2 weeks. As long as Brett Favre is back there, I have faith that they will pull this together and sting together some big wins the next few weeks. But is has to start on Sunday against Kansas City. Otherwise, this season will be like many others in the past. With the Jets on vacation come January.