|The Ultimate World Cup of Hockey Preview||LeBron James: A Performance for the Ages||RIP Muhammad Ali: The GOAT||Steph and the Warriors came out to play|
Last time these two teams met, Mark Sanchez quitely enjoyed a celebratory hot dog on the sideline after putting up 38 points and watching his defense give up none. In this meeting between the two teams, the only thing Sanchez was eating was a face full of dirt at Overstock.com Coliseum.
Same old Jets?
For this week they were at least, losing to the Oakland Raiders 34-24, in a game where the Jets took control early and looked as if they would pick up their third win easily. Darren McFadden had other plans.
Darren McFadden ran for 171 yards and scored two touchdowns against a Jets defense that has not let up this type of a running attack since Rex Ryan stepped foot through the door and became head honcho. McFadden did everything on Sunday from breaking tackles and making people miss to even setting up to throw and pump faking, fooling the Jets as he had done all game.
The highly talked about Jets defense was out of sync from the very beginning, giving up an opening drive touchdown, letting the Raiders drive down the field with ease. The drive consisted of only five plays for 76 yards, resulting in a Darren McFadden’s first touchdown of the day.
The Jets stormed right back, scoring 17 unanswered points thanks to LaDainian Tomlinson, breaking a screen pass for 74-yards, making us further believe that the veteran still has it, leading to a Mark Sanchez 2-yard touchdown run. LT’s stock went up even higher when he caught an 18-yard touchdown pass, giving the Jets a 14-7 lead. After a Nick Folk field goal, the Jets took a 17-7 lead but as the Jets had done being down 7-0, the Raiders stormed back and tied the game right before half-time.
In the second half, it was all Oakland Raiders. Sacking Sanchez four times in the third quarter, the Raiders defense had woken up and quieted the Jets impressive offense attack from the first half. The Raider offense did its part as well scoring twice more to take a commanding 31-17 lead against a Jets defense that looked lost and overwhelmed. No, they probably couldn’t even stop a nosebleed on Sunday.
Mark Sanchez and the Jets offense came roaring back, showing a little bit of the fight they showed against the Cowboys in Week 1, connecting with Plaxico Burress in the endzone with five minutes left in regulation, cutting Oakland’s lead to 31-24. But the Jets defense could not do its job once again, allowing Oakland to drive down field to kick a field goal and put the game away.
The third-year quarterback did throw for a career high 369 yards, threw for 2 touchdowns, and ran one in himself. Although, his one interception early in the game proved to be costly, temporarily slowing the Jets momentum down and a time in the game where with one more score, the Jets could have easily burried the Raiders.
Sanchez has to do a better job of protecting the ball in the red zone. He has showed everyone that he is a better mobile quarterback and makes more plays on the move but at the end of the day, settling for three points is not the worse thing. Turning the ball over after a long drive down the field is. Granted, Mark Sanchez is still only in his third year and working out some residual kinks from his first two seasons in the bigs but sometimes, its not about making the big play and trying to do too much. You have to be smart in this league because one little mistake could turn the whole game around, as displayed on Sunday.
Talking smack for most of the week, saying he is a better playmaker than Nnamdi Asomugha, Antonio Cromartie quickly swallowed his words, displaying none of the playmaking abilities he claims that he has. After an impressive showing against the Jaguars, Cromartie followed with a performance filled with blown assignments and yellow flags. The Jets cornerback was flagged for four times in plays that could have been made without tugging on a jersey or making contact.
His blunders did not stop there. Returning a kick-off after the Jets defense lost the lead, Cromartie lined up deep in his own endzone and instead of letting a short kick bounce, he tried to field it, resulting in the ball ricocheting off of his foot. He did recover his own fumble but not after losing the ball again and watching it land in the hands of the Oakland Raiders.
Is there any way to clone Darrelle Revis?