The Oakland Raiders had all sorts of heroes step up in their Sunday victory over the New York Jets, but it starts and ends on offense with Darren McFadden. McFadden compiled up big rush after big rush, averaging an incredible nine yards per carry against the usually dominating Jets rush defense. McFadden averaged nine yards per carry, put up a 70 yard touchdown rush to help push the Raiders back in it and finished with 171 yards on the game. Campbell only had to be effective to win, completing two-thirds of his passes for 156 yards on 5.8 yards per pass attempt, and it was more than enough to keep Oakland moving to victory. McFadden was injured near the end though; his status is uncertain.
Oakland then used their defense to punish New York. Rolando McClain piled up ten tackles to lead Oakland in stopping the run attack, but everyone stepped up. Tyvon Branch picked off a Mark Sanchez pass in the end zone. Taiwan Jones recovered a fumble off of poor fielding by Antonio Cromartie. Jarvis Moss, Kamerion Wimbley, RIchard Seymour and Tommy Kelly combined for four sacks on Sanchez. The Raiders deflected nine passes, two each by Quentin Groves and Chimdi Chekwa, along with one each for Lamarr Houston, Jerome Boyd, Stanford Routt, Wimbley and Moss.
The Raiders move to 2-1 on the season. It won't get any easier when Tom Brady and the New England Patriots come to town next week.