Check below for grades and analysis for each of New York's positional units in the big Week 14 victory.
New York: 37
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vs. Raiders Week 14
Final Analysis for New York
Pass Offense: Geno Smith carried over his success from the first half in the final two quarters, as Smith led two big scoring drives. The rookie quarterback was efficient throughout the afternoon, and he only made one key mistake. If Smith can continue to play like he did today, the Jets will win a lot of games.
Run Offense: After having modest success on the ground early, the Jets shredded the Raiders with their running game in the second half. Chris Ivory had a productive afternoon (18 carries, 76 yards and a touchdown) and Geno Smith contributed 50 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground. It was altogether a fantastic showing by the Jets offense.
Pass Defense: After a solid first half, the Jets secondary was awful late. Rod Streater had his way with the Jets' pair of corners, and Andre Holmes also contributed. New York's defensive backs tried to pick off Matt McGloin multiple times, but itheir aggressiveness cost them. The pass rush was also virtually non-existent against a subpar Raiders offensive line.
Run Defense: The Jets run defense was stout all day except for one play early in the second half. Marcel Reece busted up the gut and took one to the house from 63 yards out in the third quarter. The fullback had the most productive outing of any runner to face New York all season. Luckily for the Jets, the offense showed up.
Special Teams: After scoring a touchdown in the first half, the Jets special teams was once again solid in the second half. Nick Folk nailed three deep field goals and Ryan Quigley's lone punt was terrific.
Coaching: Rex Ryan needed this win to prevent his seat from lighting up in flames. The victory keeps New York in the thick of the playoff race for at least one more week, and it showed that the Jets are more than capable of trouncing an inferior team.
First-Half Analysis for New York
Pass Offense: Geno Smith did have a bad interception, but the rookie quarterback was finally productive in the first half. Smith completed nine passes on 15 attempts for 141 yards and a touchdown, as he consistently found open receivers for nice gains. The return of both Jeremy Kerley and Santonio Holmes has undoubtedly helped the much-maligned signal-caller.
Run Offense: New York's running game took a back seat to the passing attack for arguably the first time all season. Chris Ivory was solid (7 carries, 34 yards), but the Jets offensive line struggled to consistently open up holes up front.
Pass Defense: The Jets secondary has struggled mightily in recent weeks, but the unit played well in the first half against both Matt McGloin and Terrelle Pryor. The two Raiders quarterbacks struggled to find open receivers, as they combined for just seven completion for 91 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. The Jets pass rush was inconsistent, though, recording zero sacks and just two quarterback hits.
Run Defense: New York's run defense was predictably solid in the first 30 minutes against a depleted Oakland rushing attack. Marcel Reece averaged a decent 4.0 yards per carry on 10 touches, but the Jets shut down the rest of the Raiders rushers. Oakland averaged just 2.9 yards per carry as a team on the ground.
Special Teams: The Jets have been waiting for the special teams unit to make a big play all year, and they finally got it with a blocked punt by Antonio Allen that resulted in a touchdown. The play gave New York a huge lead and a momentum boost heading into halftime.
Coaching: Rex Ryan's seat was getting hotter and hotter entering the game, but the Jets were terrific in the first half. All phases played well, and the Jets look well on their way to a huge victory.