Gang Green, Sanchez earn redemption over hapless Raiders
Mark Sanchez wasn't close to being dynamic as a passer in this game, completing just 9 throws for a pltry 143 yards. The good news is, though, the Jets didn't need him to do anything more thann he did to completly dominate Sunday's game.
New York's rushing attack did all the heavy lifting en route to a 38-0 pasting of the Oakland Raiders. Rookie Shonn Greene piled up 144 yards and two scores while old warhorse Thomas Jones contributed 121 yards and a touchdown of his own. Heck, Curtis Martin could have come out of retirement and run up 100 yards on the Raiders.
The passing game worked when it had to, though. Sanchez completed a beautiful 35 yard scoring strike to David Clowney, who was starting due to Jerricho Cotchery missing his second straight week with a hamstring issue.
Rec Ryan's defense, humiliated over the past three weeks, was in an ugly mood and made Oakland pay for it. Calvin Pace sacked JaMarcus Russell and Bruce Gradkowski a total of three times and Gang Green's defensive backfield intercepted Russell twice, chasing him from the game. Oakland managed to compile just 263 yards of total offense.
This game was played exactly how the Jets intended to approach each one of their contests this season: Lessen the pressure on the rookie quarterback by utilizing a strong running game made up of multiple players and then stifle the opponent's offense with a suffocating defense. It's a winning game plan that, even though it's missing it's best run-stopper in Kris Jenkins, can still work.
It's just a shame they can't play the Silver and Black every week, isn't it?
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Written by Frank Mazzola