The Jets defense may have allowed 45 points to the Raiders this past Sunday, but they are not embarrassed as they believe the unit as taken positive steps forward.
The Raiders racked up 410 total yards as they had both the run and pass game working in their home opener. Though it was a bad performance, LB Darron Lee spoke about why there were no heads hung in the locker room following the game.
"We're that close," Lee told NJ.com's Connor Hughes. "That's what everyone is excited about."
The Jets had themselves a game in the second half as they were only down 21-13 at a point in the third quarter. However, the Raiders broke out two touchdown runs -- a 43-yarder for Cordarrelle Paterson and a 52-yarder from Jalen Richard -- to pull away. If the Jets didn't have mental mistakes on both of those plays, Lee knows it would have been a different game.
"That takes those touchdowns away," Lee said. "You take those touchdowns away, it's a different ball game."
According to DE Kony Ealy, missed tackles and mental lapses is the "only thing that's been beating us." There has been hustle and fight, which DE Muhammad Wilkerson commends the defense for showing despite the point gap.
"There was progress shown," Wilkerson said. "To the end of the game, we fought. Everybody fought hard to the end of the game. Every phase. Offense, defense, special teams. We fought to the end. We did some good things. We just need to build on that. It's something good. We feel positive in this locker room moving forward."
The Jets will have another tough matchup at MetLife Stadium this week when the Dolphins come to town. Against the Chargers this week, RB Jay Ajayi ran up 122 yards while receivers Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker tallied 78 and 85 yards respectively.
But Lee is confident in the defense's ability to wreak havoc, and help the Jets secure their first win.
"Everybody in here knows we can turn this around," he said. "If you don't see the light at the end of the tunnel, a way to right the ship, don't come to work."
Bent, theJetsBlog.com Follow on Twitter: The Jets surprisingly hung around for the better 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 >> Read about the Jets' full defensive performance in Bent's Game Analysis