The Oakland Raiders made Chris Johnson look like a punishing short yardage back with the way they allowed him to break tackles for bigger yards. Time after time the Raiders made contact with the diminutive back at or behind he line of scrimmage without being able to bring him down. And then there was the 71-yard touchdown run by Chris Ivory that also featured a few broken tackles.
A Raiders defense that was supposed to be suspect in the pass game yet strong against the run looked bad all around on Sunday as they allowed the Jets to average 6.2 yards per carry on their way to 212 yards on the ground.
While the score was close, the game was not. The Jets didn’t score a ton of points, but that was at least in part due to how they chose to play the game. It became clear fairly early that the Jets could run the ball on the Raiders, and that’s what they did — running it 34 times. They got the lead in the first half, then just sat on it as they dominated time of possession, holding onto the ball for more than ten minutes longer than the Raiders.
To give you an idea of how bad the tackling was, the top six guys in total tackles were all in the second level or later. The Raiders defensive line was only responsible for 18 of the 86 tackles the Raiders lodged on Sunday. And this despite the fact that the Jets ran the ball 15 more times than they threw it. With the line constantly allowing backs to break through to the second level, it’s no wonder the Raiders defense gave up over 400 yards.
Before the Raiders can even begin to fix all of the problems that they showed on defense in the opener, they need to learn how to make a tackle first and foremost.