NYJ-OAK Grades: Carr scorches Jets; Fitzpatrick leaves with injury

The top takeaways and highest-graded players from the Raiders’ 34-20 win over the Jets.

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(AP Photo/Ben Margot)

(AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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.

Top performers:

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)

Oakland Raiders

– 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.

Top performers:

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)

  • Devin

    What’s the reason for a relatively low rating for Carr?

    • shaunhan murray

      Probably a lack of difficulty on his throws

    • Ed

      The TDs by Crabtree and Tawain Jones were more a functional of those players eluding tacklers. The pass to Jones was a simple swing pass.

      That said, both passes to Holmes showed perfect touch, especially the deep ball for the long TD.

  • Zack23

    So is Rex still the Jets. All year I’ve been told that Todd Bowles doesn’t allow letdown games to happen.

  • Brendan N

    Why is Mack listed as an OLB? He is constantly lining up as a Defensive lineman. He does drop back into coverage around 15% of the time, but that shouldn’t warrant the OLB designation?

    • jonadenz

      Because the Raiders switched from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense and he now play OLB in the base 3-4 defense.

      • Brendan N

        I thought the same thing until I saw Mack lining up as a defensive end in the raiders 3-4 scheme as well.

      • jonadenz

        My coworker, Sam sometimes accidentally uses my account to comment. I’m trying to remove those.

  • Felipe Resende

    the fastest QB to throw was Tom Brady again?

    • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

      def wasn’t a-rod, lol

  • jonadenz

    Comment removed due to it being written with my account accidentally by a co-worker.