The New York Jets got stomped in Oakland, California with a 34-20 loss. Quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick left the game early with a ligament tear on his left thumb.
The Oakland Raiders delivered a statement to the league on their playoffs chances. Jets defense made Derek Carr look like a pro bowl quarterback, throwing four touchdowns for 333 yards on 63 percent. Carr made the secondary defense look like a college team with the all missed tackles on the field.
Wide Receiver, Andre Holmes torched the secondary defense with his clean routes and high receptions. Taiwan Jones had a great game, juking multiple defenders for a ridiculous touch down. Head coach Todd Bowles believes nothing was great against the Raiders.
We had issues with everything,” Bowles said according to New York Times. “We didn’t do anything well.
Not only did they have issues against the team, they had issues with the Jets staying healthy. Entering the game, The jets were a man down. Nick Mangold, the center for the Jets did not play due to a neck injury. Fitzpatrick left the game in the first drive with a ligament tear on his left thumb. Running Back Chris Ivory still hampered by a hamstring injury. Wide Receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker dealing with numerous nagging injuries and on defense cornerback Antonio Cromartie not 100 percent.
Nothing went right for the Jets on the west coast. The Jets came into the game with one of the best run defenses in the league as they hold opponents to 17 points or less per game.
The Raiders however came into the game with a chip on their shoulders and put their will on the defense. The Jets are now 12th in the league while holding their opponents to 19.9 points a game. That’s not a good sign for a defense that is meant to be elite.
Although quarterback, Geno Smith played solid in Fitzpatrick’s absence, he is not the answered to Jets problem. They have a lot of questions to answer as they get close to their next matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars.