McFadden scores 2 TDs as Raiders bully Jets 34-24By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer Monday, Sep 26, 2011
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP)—Darren McFadden(notes) ran past, around and through the Jets unlike any back has since Rex Ryan turned New York into one of the NFL’s biggest bullies after arriving two years ago.
About the only thing McFadden was unable to do was throw a pass—not for a lack of trying.
McFadden rushed for 171 yards and two touchdowns and turned a broken halfback option play into a 27-yard run that set up the go-ahead score in the Oakland Raiders’ 34-24 victory over the Jets on Sunday.
“I told you guys I think he’s one of the best players in football and he demonstrated that today,” coach Hue Jackson said.
After getting Oakland (2-1) back into the game with his 70-yard touchdown run in the second quarter—twice as long as any previous run in two-plus seasons against Ryan’s Jets—McFadden helped the Raiders seize control during a dizzying stretch beginning late in the third.
It started when rookie Chimdi Chekwa(notes) broke up a fourth-down pass to Plaxico Burress(notes). Three plays later, Jackson called for a halfback option play that didn’t work when the Jets covered Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell(notes).
“I wanted to throw the ball, but Jason being a quarterback, he was kind of covered, so I felt like it was in my best interest to just go ahead and run it,” McFadden said.
McFadden did just that, running 27 yards while faking a pass about 8 yards down the field.
On the next play, rookie Denarius Moore(notes) took a reverse that the Jets appeared to have stopped. But Moore cut upfield to elude David Harris(notes) and Samson Satele(notes) flattened Jim Leonhard(notes) with a block, springing Moore for the touchdown that made it 24-17.
“Let your players make plays,” Jackson said. “That’s what I’m trying to create here. I’m going to create an environment where our great players can do something special.”
Antonio Cromartie(notes) mishandled the ensuing kick and Taiwan Jones(notes) recovered the fumble at the 13. Michael Bush(notes) scored from 1 yard out 42 seconds after Moore’s touchdown to make it 31-17 one play into the fourth quarter.
That was one of four touchdowns on the ground on a 234-yard rushing day that was the worst the Jets (2-1) had allowed in 41 games—including playoffs—with Ryan as coach.
Mark Sanchez(notes) had a much rougher time on his second career trip to Oakland, getting bloodied on one of Oakland’s four second-half sacks and needing a visor to protect a cut on his face. He also said after the game that he would have an X-ray to check if his nose was broken.
It was a far different end than his game here two years ago, when he memorably was eating a hot dog on the sideline in the closing minutes of a 38-0 victory that was the most lopsided home loss in Raiders history.
Sanchez completed 27 of 43 passes for a career-high 369 yards, but threw a costly interception in the end zone in the first half. He later cut Oakland’s lead to 31-24 with a 16-yard pass to Burress with 5:33 remaining. He also ran for one touchdown and had a second overturned by replay in the final minute, ending New York’s last gasp.
“I just feel like they’re a revamped Raiders group,” Sanchez said. “We had momentum on our side, we let them hang around at halftime then they came and knocked us around a little in the third quarter.”
A week after blowing a game defensively in the second half at Buffalo, the Raiders finished against New York. Campbell scrambled 10 yards and found Bush for a 28-yard gain after buying time with his feet to set up Sebastian Janikowski’s(notes) 49-yard field goal with 2:32 left to ice it.
Campbell was 18 for 27 for 156 yards, but the Raiders won this game in the trenches.
“They’re a physical football team and I felt like that played right into our hands,” Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour(notes) said. “Because we’re pretty physical up front on the offensive and defensive lines. Any time a team wants to come in and play that type of game with us, I like our chances all the time.”
The Raiders showed no hangover from last week’s second-half collapse. They took just five plays to drive 76 yards for the opening score against the Jets, with tight end Kevin Boss(notes) making a 28-yard catch in his Oakland debut to set up McFadden’s 2-yard run.
The Jets responded with the next 17 points thanks to big plays from LaDainian Tomlinson(notes). Tomlinson broke a tackle from Rolando McClain(notes) and took a short pass 74 yards down to the 1 to set up Sanchez’s 1-yard TD run. Tomlinson later caught an 18-yard TD pass for his 160th career touchdown, including 26 against the Raiders.
But McFadden’s long run and a 54-yard field goal by Janikowski on the final play of the half tied the game at 17.