When your opponent commits 14 penalties, you are supposed to win the game. When you tie the game in the final minute, you are supposed to win the game. When you win the coin toss in overtime, more times than not, you are supposed to win the game. And when you go up against a young team with little self-confidence, you are supposed to win the game.
But don't tell that to the Jets. The Jets did everything in their power to either lose or tie Sunday's game in Oakland. Offensively, the Jets, once again, kept the reins on Brett Favre, not allowing the three time MVP to win the game with his mighty arm and heart.
The multi-million dollar offensive line was putrid, allowing the Raiders to jump up and down on Favre's body like a pack of wolves on a wounded moose.
The Jet receivers dropped every key pass that they could have used to help their team win. Chansi Stuckey stayed in bounds in the final 30 seconds and tried to be the hero. If it weren't for Favre rushing to the line to spike the ball, the game would have been over in regulation. Chris Baker was wide open with at least 30 yards ahead of him if he made the catch. Instead, he decided to tackle himself, as he collapsed to the ground as Favre's ball came within reach of him.
No wonder Favre spent most of his time in the final two quarters (4th quarter and OT) grabing his head as if he needed a aspirin.
The Jets were simply uncompetitive in this game. They allowed the Raiders to run all over them. Darren McFadden and Justin Fargas ate up the Jets defensive line on the ground, and Jamarcus Russell picked apart the Jets, at times looking really comfortable.
The only reason the Jets didn't lose this game 13-10, was because Raider coach Tom Cable decided to call a timeout just as Jets kicker Jay Feeley missed a 52 yard field goal. Thus, Feeley got one more shot and barely made it. In overtime, the Jets didn't play for the win, they played for tie. As a result, Sebastion Janikowski won the game with a 57 yard field goal to give Oakland an uplifting and needed victory.
The Jets didn't deserve to win this game. They didn't want to be there; they didn't want to win; they didn't care. Click to watch a video; it's a metaphor for the game!