Week 14 Game Recap: Oakland Raiders 10, New York Jets 26
What you need to know
Kerry Collins was benched for this game despite the fact that he had passed for the third most yards in the NFL this season. Maybe the benching came because Collins, who has very limited mobility, was sacked ten times in his last two starts. Or, maybe the Raiders just plan to use the remainder of the season to determine in Marques Tuiasosopo can become an effective starting quarterback. At the very minimum, the Raiders figured Tuiasosopo’s mobility would help the Oakland offensive line cut down on sacks and create some big plays. For this game, at least, they figured incorrectly. Tuiasosopo was sacked six times and did not spark the Raiders’ offense. The Raiders scored nearly eleven points below their season average and twelve points below what the New York defense has allowed this season. Tuiasosopo struggled to move the offense for most of the game, but did lead a fourth quarter touchdown drive to pull the Raiders to within ten points pending the conversion. Inexplicably, Oakland elected to kick the extra point rather than to try the two point conversion, which would have made it an eight point game. However, the Raider’s next possession made the extra point conversion a moot point; Tuiasosopo was sacked on three consecutive plays, losing 18 yards and effectively nailing the coffin shut on any potential comeback.
Randy Moss (two receptions for 18 yards) was not a big factor in the game. Lamont Jordan had 49 yards on 14 attempts. He was held under 100 yards for the seventh straight game.
The Raiders’ defense was unimpressive, allowing the lowest scoring team in the league to score more than 14 points above its average. The Raiders’ defense allowed the Jets’ offense to run 22 more plays, possess the ball for 35 minutes, and score six times in this game.
The Raiders also hurt themselves with penalties. A week after having no penalties for the first time since John Madden was head coach in 1973, the Raiders were penalized 14 times for 88 yards.
Curtis Martin did not play in this game. It was his first missed game since October of 1998, a streak of 119 straight games. Martin will have surgery on his ailing knee and will miss the remaining three games of the season as well. The injury will ruin whatever chances Martin might have had to become the first runner in the NFL to rush for at least 1,000 yards in his initial eleven seasons.
Martin’s absence left the Jets to play with both their third string quarterback and running back. Brooks Bollinger finally led the New York offense on another touchdown drive. As a starter he had quarterbacked one touchdown drive in 44 possessions coming into the game. It took the Jets seven more attempts before Justin McCareins was credited with a four yard touchdown reception on a very debatable call. McCareins came down out of bounds, but the official ruled that he was pushed out by Nnamdi Asomugha. Though it appeared that McCareins would not have been able to come down in bounds, the play was not overturned. The Jets added a game clinching 50 yard touchdown drive on their final possession that was capped off with a two yard touchdown run by third string running back Cedric Houston. Fourth string back B.J. Askew did all the dirty work on the drive gaining the other 48 yards on eight consecutive carries.
The New York offensive line played well for the first time in memory, helping the Jets to dominate on both sides of the ball. New York ran 22 more plays, outgained the Raiders by 115 yards, won the time of possession battle by more than eleven minutes. The Jets had three runners gain at least 54 yards. Houston finished with 74 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries. Brooks Bollinger chipped in 56 yards on six runs, breaking Richard Todd’s team quarterback rushing record of 53 yards. Askew totaled 54 yards on nine carries.
Despite the Jets’ big statistical edge, they continued to struggle to find the end zone. The Jets scored six times, but had to settle for four Mike Nugent field goals before finally scoring a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter. They were able to ice the game with a touchdown on their final drive.
On defense, the Jets held the Raiders to 14 first downs and 179 total yards. The Jets sacked Tuiasosopo six times and created four turnovers helping the team to win for the first time in eight games.
What you ought to know
Tuiasosopo started this game and saw his first action since the 2003-2004 season. The Raiders hoped that Tuiasosopo’s mobility would spark the offense. Tuiasosopo was able to scramble twice for 19 yards, but the Raider offensive line allowed the Jets’ defense to pressure him often and he was sacked six times. He was sacked on consecutive Raiders’ plays in the third quarter and lost fumbles both times. Later, in the fourth quarter, the Jets sacked him on three straight plays.
Tuiasosopo struggled for much of the game, especially in the first half, when he was five for 12 for 38 yards and an interception on a badly overthrown pass attempt to Randy Moss. Tuiasosopo was better in the second half going nine for 14 for 86 yards. He was five for seven for 50 yards an added a nine yard run during Oakland’s touchdown drive that was capped off with a 20 yard touchdown pass to Jerry Porter. (Tuiasosopo’s first career touchdown pass) Alvis Whitted dropped a Tuiasosopo pass in the end zone that hit him in the chest late in the second quarter. Tuiasosopo’s second interception came on the final play of the game, when he was throwing a desperation deep pass to Whitted.
Prior to this game, it was reported that Tuiasosopo would start the Raiders’ remaining games. His performance did not inspire confidence that he will fulfill that report, but it remains to be seen if Norv Turner will decide to go back to Kerry Collins or maybe try rookie Andrew Walter.
Collins did not play in this game after starting every previous game this season. Supposedly Marques Tuiasosopo will start the Raiders’ remaining games.
Jordan had only 49 yards, but totaled only 14 carries as the Raiders struggled to control the ball. Jordan often found the running tough going. He appeared to run harder and broke more tackles later in the game. He had an eight yard carry called back due to a penalty. Jordan was the Raiders most targeted receiver and shared the team lead with four receptions. His eight targets indicate he may be Tuiasosopo’s security blanket in the next few games.
Porter led the Raiders with four receptions and 36 receiving yards. He had the Raiders only touchdown on a 20 yard catch. Porter kept that drive alive with a six yard catch on fourth down and five.
Gabriel had receptions of 14 and ten yards. Both of them resulted in first downs. Gabriel was targeted one additional time and received a pass interference call on David Barrett that resulted in a ten yard gain.
Moss was limited to receptions of ten and eight yards. He was listed as probable on the injury report and is still bothered by injuries to his ribs and groin. It is not clear whether or not Moss was hampered more by injury or by overall poor play by the Oakland offense.
Williams had a short two yard reception on his only target of the day.
Whitted ran a reverse for the longest Raiders’ gain of the game. He also had a sure touchdown catch hit him in the chest. He seemed more concerned about drawing a penalty flag than he did in catching the ball. Had he caught the ball, it would have been a 26 yard touchdown reception and would have given Oakland the lead in the second quarter.
Anderson had one 14 yard reception.
Janikowski hit a 42 yard field goal in the second quarter. He missed a 29 yard attempt wide right on the opening possession of the second half. Had it been good, the attempt would have tied the game. Janikowski made his only extra point attempt.
The Raiders’ defense allowed the Jets to gain 184 yards on 43 attempts (4.3 average). Three Jets rushed for at least 54 yards. For the most part, the Jets controlled the line of scrimmage. When the Raiders needed a stop in the fourth quarter, the Jets rushed nine consecutive times for all 50 yards of their second touchdown drive. Danny Clark had ten tackles and four assists.
The Raiders’ pass defense was better than the run defense. The Jets passed for only 110 yards, but ran the ball more than 62% of the time. Justin McCareins was credited with a four yard touchdown catch, but probably should have been ruled out of bounds. Derrick Burgess who leads the league in sacks contributed Oakland’s only two sacks. Stuart Schweigert saved a touchdown by breaking up a Brooks Bollinger pass in the end zone.
Bollinger finally led the Jets’ offense to another touchdown. After leading one touchdown drive in his first 51 possessions as a starter, the Jets reached the end zone twice in the fourth quarter of this game. The best part about Bollinger’s game was his running. He ran for 56 yards on six attempts, often picking up first downs on third and long scrambles. Only one of Bollinger’s runs was a designed play; it went for a nine yard gain.
Bollinger opened the game hitting six of his first seven passes, but finished the half two for his last ten. Bollinger exhibited solid control of the offense on the Jets’ opening field goal drive and showed good arm strength at times. However, at other times, Bollinger did not put enough zip on his passes. In the second quarter Bollinger threw the ball slightly behind Laveranues Coles who was on his way into the end zone, but was bailed out by a pass interference call. Three plays later, he had Justin McCareins open in the end zone, but threw the ball late and too softly, allowing Stuart Schweigert to break up the pass. The Jets had to settle for a 20 yard Mike Nugent field goal.
Bollinger’s second half was more efficient. He was six for nine for 46 yards. He was the victim of a dropped touchdown by Doug Jolley in the third quarter. Bollinger threw the ball perfectly, but Jolley bobbled it and ultimately allowed safety Jarrod Cooper the chance to break up the pass. Again the Jets would settle for a Nugent field goal.
Rookie Cedric Houston got his first start due to Curtis Martin’s knee injury. He had a workman like performance rushing for 74 tough yards on 28 carries. His long run was a nine yard gain. He finished off the Jets’ final touchdown drive with a two yard touchdown run. Houston will likely receive the bulk of New York’s carries in the remaining three games with Curtis Martin out for the season.
Askew rushed for 54 yards on nine carries. His final eight rushes came in succession and gained 48 yards on the Jets’ last drive, setting up Cedric Houston’s two yard touchdown run. Prior to the game he had a career total of 32 yards. Askew was the most effective of the Jets’ running backs and may earn more carries in the next few games.
Sowell tied for the team lead with four receptions. He made a brilliant one-handed catch for an eight yard gain on a swing pass that Bollinger overthrew.
Martin’s remarkable streak of 119 straight starts is now over. He will have knee surgery and is out for the season. Martin rushed for at least 1,000 yards in each of his first ten seasons, but will finish his eleventh season with only 735 yards.
McCareins led the Jets with four receptions for 45 yards. He was credited with a controversial four yard touchdown reception. On the play it was ruled that he was pushed out of bounds, but it is doubtful he could have gotten both feet down, even without the push. McCareins was open in the end zone for another potential touchdown, but Bollinger’s pass arrived slightly too late and was broken up.
Coles was targeted a team high nine times, but had only three receptions in the first half. Bollinger threw the ball behind him on a potential touchdown pass, but did get a pass interference call. Coles was an unsuccessful deep target late in the first half. He dropped a potential big gain over the middle in the third quarter.
Cotchery had one reception for a nine yard gain down the middle of the Raiders’ defense.
Jolley had two receptions. He bobbled and dropped an easy touchdown catch in the third quarter.
Nugent had a busy day as the Jets’ offense bogged down frequently in the game. He had field goals of 33, 20, 35, and 21 yards for New York’s first twelve points. He added two extra points in the fourth quarter.
The Jets held the Raiders to 14 first downs and controlled the line of scrimmage for much of the game. The Raiders ran for 95 yards and a 5.6 yard average, but 27 of those yards came on an Alvis Whitted reverse, while Marques Tuiasosopo scrambled for another 19 yards. LaMont Jordan was held to 49 yards on 14 carries as the Raiders struggled to develop offensive consistency.
Marques Tuiasosopo passed for 124 yards and one touchdown, but was intercepted twice. With New York’s six sacks, the Raiders had 84 net passing yards. Tuiasosopo was never able to establish any real consistency and had four turnovers. John Abraham sacked Tuiasosopo twice and forced fumbles on consecutive Raiders offensive plays. Abraham recovered the first fumble. James Reed recovered the second. Reed also added a sack as did Mark Brown, Lance Legree, and Bryan Thomas. Ty Law had an interception in the second quarter. David Barrett intercepted Tuiasosopo’s last pass of the game.