The No. 1 defense no longer. While questions circulated all week about whether the Raiders powerful offense could maintain their momentum against the vaunted Jets, the Raiders smacked the Jets in the mouth to the tune of 34 points and 451 total yards.
Heading into the week, the Jets were allowing just 283 yards per game and 17.5 points per game. After facing Derek Carr and Co., those have jumped to 307 yards per game and 19.9 points per game. As a result, the Raiders offense scored pretty well this week...
It's the second straight A+ for Carr, who finished 23/36 for 333 yards and 4 touchdowns without an interception. Those numbers are stupid regardless of the situation, but against Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, those numbers are even more impressive.
For the second straight week, Carr got the offense going right off the bat with three touchdowns in the first quarter-and-a-half — which allows the defense to sit back and rush the passer. Bravo Mr. Carr.
Running Backs: A+
I'm starting to notice a trend here: give Latavius Murray 20 carries, and he'll give you 100+ yards. For just the second time all season, Murray got at least 20 carries and he finished the game with 113 yards. And did I mention it was against the league's top run defense?
Also of note here is Taiwan Jones, who padded Carr's stats with a 59-yard touchdown reception off a swing-pass to the edge. Jones made a number of guys miss and then flew down the sideline for the touchdown.
Wide Receivers: A+
A few drops almost removed the perfect score, but with all that YAC it's hard not to credit this unit. Michael Crabtree continued his brilliance with seven catches for 102 yards and a touchdown. Andre Holmes also had a big day with a pair of nice touchdown grabs, but he also had a big drop that ended a drive late in the game. Interestingly enough, it was Amari Cooper that was the most disappointing of the Oakland wideouts, thanks to some unexplainable drops.
Tight Ends: B
Hard to punish them for not drawing targets away from all the other weapons on the offense, but with only four targets in the game (3 for Clive Walford and 1 for Lee Smith), the perfect score streak ends here.
Offensive Line: A+
Zero sacks, 118 yards rushing on just 25 carries and just one penalty (and it wasn't even a hold) — that is a recipe for brilliance. Oh, and, well, you know, the No. 1 defense and everything.
This unit has been fantastic lately and you can tell they are getting more and more comfortable playing together as the season goes on.
Overall Offense: A+
This would have been a perfect score if not for the questionable play-calling in the final minutes on offense. With a chance to run the clock out, the Raiders resorted to throwing the ball instead of pounding the rock and getting into the lockerroom. Fortunately, the team had a 14-point lead and was facing Geno Smith's even worse clock management, but had this been a closer game it could have been costly.
That said, the first 90% of the game was brilliant from an offensive play-calling perspective. Everything seemed to work — whether they were running or passing, throwing short or throwing long. Overall, an excellent day for the coaching staff.