NFL Game Summary - NY Jets at Oakland
(Sunday, October 25th)
Final Score: NY Jets 38, Oakland 0
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Shonn Greene took advantage of an opportunity,
rushing for 144 yards and his first two NFL touchdowns on 19 carries, and the
New York Jets recorded their first shutout in nearly six years with a 38-0
drubbing of the Oakland Raiders.
Greene, the former Iowa star, came into the game with just 30 yards on seven
rushes this season, but after Leon Washington left with a knee injury, he
proved to be highly effective for the Jets (4-3) in splitting carries with
starter Thomas Jones.
"We feel terrible about the injury to Leon but we're excited about where our
offense is at," said Jets head coach Rex Ryan. "It feels good to get a
win...This is as good as it gets from an offensive standpoint to be able to
control the ball the way we did."
Jones, who ran for a franchise-record 210 yards in last week's loss to
Buffalo, added 121 yards on the ground and a score in the win. New York
snapped a three-game losing streak in its first shutout since December 14,
2003 against the Steelers.
Mark Sanchez, playing in front of friends and family in his native California,
didn't need to throw much but was effective when he did, going for 143 yards
and a score on 9-of-15 efficiency. Sanchez also added a rushing score, while
David Clowney caught four passes for 79 yards and his first NFL touchdown.
JaMarcus Russell was pulled late in the second quarter after turning the ball
over three times for the Raiders (2-5). The former No. 1 overall selection
continued his struggles, throwing for 61 yards on 6-of-11 passing with two
interceptions and a lost fumble.
Bruce Gradkowski entered for Russell and completed 10-of-19 passes for 97
yards in the loss, Oakland's fourth double-digit defeat in its last five
games. Justin Fargas ran for 67 yards on eight carries in a losing effort.
A pair of Russell turnovers helped the Jets take a two-touchdown lead early.
Oakland received the opening kickoff, but Russell was sacked and fumbled the
ball away on the first offensive play. The Jets recovered, giving them the
ball on the Raiders' four-yard line. New York went for it on 4th-and-goal from
the one, and Jones rumbled into the end zone for the early lead.
Toward the end of the first quarter, Russell was intercepted by Jim Leonhard
at midfield. Leonhard took it all the way down to the Oakland four-yard line,
and Sanchez ran the ball in himself from three yards away for a 14-0 lead.
The Raiders were into Jets territory with under two minutes left in the first
quarter, but Russell's attempted touchdown pass was intercepted by Darrelle
Revis in the end zone. Revis made a spectacular over-the-shoulder catch to
keep Oakland off the scoreboard.
The teams traded punts, and the Jets took over at their own seven, only to go
93 yards in 10 plays. Greene capped the drive with his first career touchdown
with 5:51 left before halftime -- an eight-yard run -- and had 39 rushing
yards on the series.
Gradkowski entered for the Raiders' next offensive series, but didn't have
much more success, and the team once again was forced to punt the ball away.
The Jets then got into scoring position again, and Jay Feely added a 39-yard
field goal before halftime for a 24-0 advantage.
Gradkowski drove the Raiders into Jets territory on their first drive of the
second half but lost a fumble, giving New York the ball on its own 34. Sanchez
needed five plays to score a touchdown, throwing a perfectly placed 35-yard
pass into the hands of Clowney for a 31-0 lead.
Greene's 33-yard scamper midway through the fourth quarter extended New York's
lead, and a goal-line stand by the Jets' defense in the final minutes
preserved the shutout.
"We knew exactly what we had to do," said Raiders head coach Tom Cable. "We
got out of sorts early in the ballgame on offense, we never gave ourselves a
chance to get on rhythm. I'm very disappointed, we expected a lot more than
what we got today. We'll go back to work and continue to try and fix it."
The Jets recorded their first road shutout since November 18, 2001 against the
Dolphins...The Jets ran for 316 yards, giving them 634 combined in the last
two weeks -- the most in a two-week span in team history...Washington was
carted off the field in the first quarter after gingerly walking to the
sidelines. His right knee appeared to buckle as he got tackled on a rushing
play...Clowney came into the game with 72 yards receiving...Russell has 13
turnovers this season...The Raiders had 263 yards of total offense...The Jets
committed zero turnovers.
10/25 22:27:52 ET
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