NYJ-OAK Grades: Carr scorches Jets; Fitzpatrick leaves with injury
Here are the top takeaways and highest-graded players from the Raiders’ 34-20 win over the Jets.
New York Jets
– Quarterback Geno Smith replaced Ryan Fitzpatrick early in the first quarter after Fitzpatrick injured his thumb on a QB scramble. Smith finished with a -0.6 overall grade, and was less effective with a clean pocket (-1.1 grade when not pressured) than he was under pressure (8 of 13 for 78 yards, 1 TD, 0.0 grade). He was also responsible for a pair of terrible sacks late in the fourth quarter, losing yardage with plenty of time to throw the ball away each time.
– The Jets defense earned negative team grades in run defense, pass rushing and pass coverage yesterday in one of their worst performances of the season. The team combined to miss 19 tackles, allowing the Raiders to pick up huge chunks of yardage. CB Antonio Cromartie (-4.8) had his worst game of the season, allowing 7 of 9 passes into his coverage to be completed for 140 yards and two touchdowns. FS Marcus Williams (-6.2) was the game’s lowest-graded player, earning negative grades in both run defense and pass coverage, and missing six total tackles.
– New York’s rushing offense never got started. More than half of the team’s rushing yards came from QB scrambles as HBs Chris Ivory (+0.2) and Zac Stacy (-0.8) combined for only 28 yards on 18 carries. The Jets offense finished with a team run blocking grade of -10.8, and five players finished with red grades (lower than -1.0) for run blocking. Filling in for injured C Nick Mangold, Wesley Johnson was the Jets’ best pass protector, earning a +1.6 pass protection grade after not allowing a single pressure. Johnson was less effective on rushing plays however, earning a -2.2 run blocking grade.
WR Brandon Marshall (+1.9)
FS Dion Bailey (+1.6)
WR Jeremy Kerley (+1.0)
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (+0.7)
DE Muhammad Wilkerson (+0.6)
– QB Derek Carr (+1.8) earned a positive grade for the fifth consecutive game with an efficient performance. Carr’s ability to get rid of the ball quickly was a major benefit to the Raiders’ pass protection. Carr was pressured on just six snaps, and his average time to throw of 2.27 seconds was the second-fastest of any NFL QB this week.
– WR Michael Crabtree (+1.5) was Carr’s top target against the Jets, and he is enjoying his best season since 2012. Crabtree definitively won his matchup against CB Antonio Cromartie, finishing with four catches for 74 yards and a touchdown on five targets when covered by Cromartie. Crabtree currently ranks eighth among NFL wide receivers with a +9.2 season grade and has been excellent in the open field, forcing 11 missed tackles.
– OLB Khalil Mack (+7.0) continues to dominate, finishing with six run stops and seven total pressures on Sunday. Mack leads all 3-4 OLBs with a 13.4 run stop percentage. Mack is still the highest-graded player at his position and has virtually no weaknesses in his game, earning positive grades for run defense, pass rushing and pass coverage so far this season.
OLB Khalil Mack (+7.0)
LG Gabe Jackson (+4.0)
DE Denico Autry (+3.8)
HB Latavius Murray (+2.3)
HB Taiwan Jones (+2.2)