for you coming to MetLife Stadium Sunday and attempting to turn it into the
Black Hole East. You were maddeningly, mind-bogglingly, maniacally
Jets took their home field, they felt
like the visitors.
wearing the Black and Silver booed, hooted and hollered their heads off. And
the guys in Green and White heard it. They heard it, went back into the home locker room and got heated.
not going to lie to you, when we came on to the field, we felt
disrespected,” safety Jamal Adams said. “We got booed in our own home
stadium by the Oakland fans. We came back into this locker room and it was a
hell of a talk.”
should know. He gave the talk and it contained a lot of words not suitable for
white collar criminals.
calm, cool, California kid, quarterback Sam Darnold, was jacked. He bullied his
way for a four-yard touchdown run that gave the Jets a 10-3 lead in the second
quarter. The Jets didn’t look back as they posted their most impressive win of
the season, a 34-3 demolishing of the Raiders.
“I had someone in my way at the goal line,” Darnold said,
“and I just did what I could to get into the end zone.”
win, the Jets third straight, felt different than the previous two. The Jets beat
the hapless Giants and pathetic Redskins in moving to 3-7. The Raiders, however
came in with a 6-4 record, breathing down the necks of the Kansas City Chiefs
for first place in the AFC West.
left licking their bruised egos on what surely will be a long flight back to
the West Coast.
got our butts kicked,” said veteran quarterback Derek Carr, who was
benched. “There’s no other way around that. They got after us from start
to finish. Hopefully, it’s an eye opener.”
quarterback that opened a lot of eyes was Darnold. It was a little more than a
month ago that Darnold was haunted by the New England Patriots in a 33-0 loss.
His rating that day was 1.5.
saw a very different player. Darnold completed 20-of-29 passes for 315 yards
with two touchdowns passing, one rushing and no interceptions. His rating was
127.8, or 126.3 better than it was against New England.
new territory for Darnold and the Jets (4-7). This is Gang Green’s first three-game
win streak in more than two years. Darnold, who missed time early with
mononucleosis, is looking more and more like the franchise quarterback the Jets
thought they were drafting last season with the No.3 pick.
also is sounding like a franchise
quarterback. He’s tossed out the playoff word lately. Darnold is smart enough
to know that almost certainly won’t happen this season. But isn’t it uplifting
to hear a Jets QB talking about postseason?
the back of my head,” Darnold said, “but I think where we’re at right now, we
just gotta keep taking it one week at a time, and if we do that, I think we’ll
be all right.”