The New York Jets absolutely dominated the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Sam Darnold played excellent and seems to have recovered from his mid-season woes.
Meanwhile, the Raiders will have to look internally for answers to such a crushing loss. The New York Jets dominated the line of scrimmage, capitalized on short field opportunities, and played a complete game on offense, defense, and special teams. With everything clicking for the Jets early, they took risks early and often, which translated to their most impressive win of the season next to their home win over the Dallas Cowboys.
Raiders Must Rebound
Despite what volumes such an abysmal score may reach for Raiders fans, this is no time to fret. The Jon Gruden experiment is working, and in the long term, the Raiders are in a prime situation to rebound as a franchise in Las Vegas.. It seems the entire Raiders roster has rallied around each other and bought into the culture created the past two seasons by their returning head coach Jon Gruden.
Oakland took a huge chance drawing Gruden away from his job as a telecaster. His return to coaching for the Raiders granted him a 10-year $100 million deal that raised a few brows. Fans, analysts, and followers of the sport alike were perhaps looking for a more dependable coaching choice but Gruden fit the bill when he was signed
The Raiders needed a fresh cultural change and roster rebuild. The strong young pieces that Gruden has acquired through draft picks in the respective Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper trades have paid dividends to their present and future success. Several of their early picks already look like the Raiders’ featured starters for several seasons to come. This loss is just a minor setback for a thriving Raiders team.