The New York Jets were handed their worst defeat of the season yesterday by the Oakland Raiders, in what could be the beginning of the end for the famous Jets defense.
The Gang Green were picked apart and lost 34-20 to the Raiders yesterday, which was their biggest loss of the season to date despite having played against the current Super Bowl Champions, the New England Patriots.
While a fair representation of yesterday's proceedings might be to say how much the Raiders offense has improved, you have to take into consideration what is happening on the other side of the ball on the Jets' defense.
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Don't get me wrong, the Jets defense still has incredible talent on that side of the football with the likes of Darrelle Revis, Muhammad Wilkerson, and David Harris, but it isn't what it used to be.
Yesterday, they allowed the Raiders to score on six of their seven drives, tallying up 451 yards of offense on the way with touchdowns of 59, 49 and 36 yards. Two of those big plays came on the side of Antonio Cromartie.
Everyone has off weeks, but they don't usually double your normal amount of points allowed. Through weeks one to seven, the Jets allowed on average 17.5 points, but it was 34 against the Raiders.
And while fingers might be pointed towards the Jets' offense for not staying long enough on the field, you still have to be closed up on defense to give the offense a chance. The tackling wasn't good enough, and head coach Todd Bowles recognized this after the game.
He said according to the New York Post: “We didn’t tackle. We didn’t stop anybody. We didn’t do anything right. We didn’t coach them good. We didn’t play it well. It was a bad performance.”
With no bye week for extra time to fix the problem, the Jets will have to face a Jacksonville Jaguars team fresh off the bye, and hope home-field advantage can have an effect.
They'll then face off against the Buffalo Bills in a crucial Thursday night game that could dramatically change both team's seasons in the AFC East and extinguish any playoff hopes.