Take a glance at the final score, and you’d think the Jets squeaked by the Raiders. Take a glance at the stat lines, and you’d begin to rub your eyes in disbelief.
New York defeated Oakland 19-14 at home in Sunday’s regular season opener, a game they dominated on both sides of the ball. The Jets racked up 402 offensive yards and held the Raiders to just 158 total yards, their fewest in a game since 2009.
So why did they barely eek out a victory? Despite the lopsided numbers, Gang Green continually shot themselves in the foot with penalties — a staggering 11 for 105 yards.
If it weren’t for the flags, as Rex Ryan emphasized, it would’ve been Blowout City.
“This game should’ve been a rat kill,” he said, via ESPNNewYork.com. “It wasn’t. It was close because of the penalties.”
Penalties and many other miscues.
Jets receiver Greg Salas dropped a touchdown pass; safety Calvin Pryor dropped a potential pick-six; quarterback Geno Smith committed two turnovers. The team was also 1-for-4 in the red zone, failing to put away a hapless Raiders squad.
A win’s a win in the NFL, but the Jets, taking on an inferior opponent, made it mind-numbingly, jaw-droppingly difficult. The old adage must be true: It ain’t easy being green.
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