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Jets grades: Defense gets highest mark in all-around solid win

The Jets' Dawan Landry tackles Marcel Reece #45

The Jets' Dawan Landry tackles Marcel Reece #45 of the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014 in East Rutherford, N.J. Credit: Jim McIsaac

OFFENSE

B

Geno Smith made some big plays with his feet and his arm, connecting with Chris Johnson on the 5-yard shovel-pass touchdown and rushing for 38 yards on 10 carries. The second-year quarterback was 23-for-28 for 221 yards but committed two turnovers -- a Charles Woodson interception that the Raiders converted into a TD and a fumble at the Raiders' 4-yard line. Chris Ivory rushed for 102 yards, including a 71-yard TD run. New Jets Johnson (13 rushes for 68 yards) and Eric Decker (five catches for 74 yards) also had good showings. The unit finished with 402 total yards, including 212 rushing. But there were several missed opportunities -- Greg Salas' drop in the end zone and Michael Vick's incompletion to a wide-open Decker in the end zone.

 

DEFENSE

A-

The Jets dominated the Raiders and rookie quarterback Derek Carr. Aside from James Jones' late acrobatic TD catch, Rex Ryan's unit left Carr dazed and confused in the second half. Jason Babin and Dawan Landry each had a sack, David Harris led the group with eight tackles and Quinton Coples delivered a highlight-reel clothesline tackle on Maurice Jones-Drew. The win was a big confidence boost for starting CBs Antonio Allen and Darrin Walls, but the secondary also dropped some easy INTs.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

B+

Return man Saalim Hakim kicked off the game with a 44-yard return that gave the Jets excellent field position on their first drive. Ryan Quigley had a 56-yard punt and Nick Folk was steady on FGs from 45 and 42 yards.

 

COACHING

B-

At times, Marty Mornhinweg got a little too cute with the play-calling for his own good. But overall, the 'O' coordinator mixed up some brilliant plays and got several players involved. Penalties demonstrate a lack of discipline, however, and the Jets have struggled with infractions since the preseason. Clearly, the penalty push-ups in practice aren't working.

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