The Jets beat the Raiders – Three in a row!

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The New York Jets have found themselves on a three-game winning streak. This comes after the Jets convincingly beat the Raiders. Impressively, the Jets held the Raiders scoreless after an opening drive field goal, en route to a 34-3 victory. Sam Darnold and Robbie Anderson led the explosive offense up and down the field. Meanwhile, the defensive unit shut down Derek Carr and the Raiders’ offense.

Darnold Dominance

Jets beat the Raiders
Brian Poole celebrates his first touchdown of the season.

Oakland came into this game amongst the worst pass defenses in the NFL, as mentioned last week. As a result, Sam Darnold picked apart the Raiders secondary to the tune of 315 yards and two touchdowns. Darnold, who also ran for a score, posted a passer rating of 127.8, his highest of the season, and third straight week over 97.

Incredibly, during this three-game win streak, the Jets have run 95 passing plays, which has resulted in 40 first downs. This win improves the Jets record to 4-0 in games where Darnold has a passer rating of 85. To summarize, when Darnold passes well, the Jets win. 

In week 12, Darnold’s favorite target was none other than the sun god himself, Robbie Anderson. Anderson caught four passes for 86 yards and found the end zone for the second week in a row. The Jets receiving corps truly sealed the game early in the third quarter, when Braxton Barrios broke for a 69 yard gain. Barrios’ only reception of the game landed the Jets on the 1-yard line for a final score to newly extended tight end, Ryan Griffin.

Defensive Dominance

As mentioned last week, the Jets have the best rush defense in the NFL. The league’s best run stoppers flexed their muscles by holding the Raiders’ to only 68 yards on 22 carries. Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams was able to limit star rookie, Josh Jacobs, to a season-low 36 total yards

Subsequently, the Jets’ complete control of the rush game tore into Derek Carr‘s ability to pass the football. On Sunday, Carr threw just four passes further than 15 yards against the Jets and completed none of them. Carr had a season-low passer rating of 52.5 as well as only 127 passing yards. Late in the 3rd, Mike Glennon came in to relieve Carr. 

While the Jets beat the Raiders, New York’s defense jumped from 11th last week to sixth in the NFL in DVOA, due to their dominant performance. This defensive unit even managed to put points on the board, when cornerback Brian Poole had an amazing one-handed pick-six in the 3rd quarter. Neither team scored after Poole’s first touchdown of the season, which opened the lead to 34-3. (By the way, if you have seen the football, Poole wants it back.) 

Coincidentally, the Jets have scored exactly 34 points in each of their last three games, all wins. In this timespan, they rank second in the NFL in points per game, behind only the Ravens. Looking ahead, the Jets have a great chance at a fourth straight win against the 0-11 Bengals

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