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The Jets surprisingly hung around for the best part of three quarters, but eventually the game slipped away from them and the Raiders came away with the anticipated blowout win. Aside from a couple of ill-timed turnovers, the run defense was the biggest issue in yesterday's game.
However, we're going to break down the performances on the offensive side of the ball first:
On paper, Josh McCown had a very good game. He came away with two touchdown passes and a 113.1 quarterback rating and even contributed 31 yards on the ground. However, there were a series of mistakes that are not reflected in his passing numbers.
McCown lost a fumble, took three sacks because he held onto the ball for too long and was responsible for a delay of game penalty that forced the Jets to settle for a third quarter field goal. He also somehow failed to see a completely wide open Jeremy Kerley on 3rd-and-9 to put an end to the first drive.
Also of interest this week is that Christian Hackenberg is now officially the number three quarterback for the foreseeable future. We'll soon see how quickly Bryce Petty gets another chance to play because even if McCown stays upright, the Jets will be under pressure to play the youngster if the team continues to lose.
After a disappointing first game, the Jets had more success with their running game this week, as three backs combined for 95 yards on 21 carries.
Matt Forté showed that he still has some life in his legs by averaging almost six yards per carry, including a 16-yard burst up the middle. He also caught a 34-yard pass from the slot, although his other three catches netted just four yards. He also had a couple of bad blitz pick-ups.
Rookie Elijah McGuire didn't get any reps last week, but looked sharp as he gained 36 yards on seven touches with two first down runs.
Bilal Powell made the start this week, but saw less action than Forté, as the Jets seem content to ride the hotter hand. Powell dropped a pass, missed a blitz pick-up and gained just 13 yards on six carries, although he did have one tough driving run which he followed up with a short yardage conversion.
Jermaine Kearse continued his strong start as a Jet by leading them with 64 yards on four catches, including two touchdowns. He showed some veteran smarts with a subtle push-off on the first touchdown and made a tough catch with a defender draped over him for his other score. However, his other three catches -- one of which was negated by a penalty -- were short of the first down marker.
Robby Anderson got off to a good start on a 19-yard catch over the middle, but had just one other catch where he came up a yard shy of the marker on third down. He later showed visible frustration as he was open at the goal line, but McCown's pass was broken up as it was thrown slightly behind him. We're still waiting for his breakout game.
In his return to the lineup, Jeremy Kerley played a lot more than expected, turning back the clock on a third down conversion and catching two other short passes. Kerley could have added a big play on that first drive where nobody covered him, but McCown failed to see him.
Rookies ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen barely played this week, but Charone Peake saw more work than last week and had one third down conversion.
At tight end, Will Tye had just one short catch and was predictably overmatched as a blocker. Austin Seferian-Jenkins will return from his suspension this week, so perhaps they can employ Tye in a way that better suits his skill-set. Newcomer Neal Sterling made his first appearance and had one nice first down catch.
The offensive line held up quite well as a group, although they gave up four sacks. Three of those were well into the second half.
Brian Winters suffered an injury early on, but the Jets didn't really seem to miss a beat after Dakota Dozier stepped in. The same seemed to be the case over the last few games of last season, which calls into question why the Jets felt the need to extend Winters for $7.4 million per year while Dozier still had a year left on his rookie contract and perhaps deserved a longer look. It'll be interesting to see how well Dozier holds up if Winters is out for an extended period.
On the left side of the line, Kelvin Beachum and James Carpenter both had solid performances. Beachum managed to avoid giving up any clean pressure, while Carpenter's run blocking stood out.
Right tackle Brandon Shell had a couple of plays where he handled Khalil Mack but he had mixed results in the running game and was beaten a few times in pass-protection, including on a safety blitz where he didn't get over in time to prevent a strip-sack.
Center Wesley Johnson also had mixed results but held up pretty well overall and blocked well on each of the two longest runs of the game for the Jets.
The Jets once again employed Brent Qvale as a sixth lineman but also employed Ben Ijalana and Dozier in that role, even operating four plays with seven linemen. Qvale got absolutely torched for a sack by Khalil Mack and Ijalana was penalized for illegal motion.