The Jets lost more than a game on Sunday in Oakland, they lost their offensive leader for the rest of the 2015 season.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick went down on the Jets first drive with a torn left thumb ligament, and from all indications he will miss the final 9 regular season games of the year.
The injury to Fitz took place on a scramble, and just a quickly as he was put in the starting role, he’s now done as Geno Smith will be back under center it appears.
The interesting thing is Fitzpatrick returned despite the injury and threw two passes before Smith returned. Fitzpatrick will have an MRI to determine the extent of the injury.
”Unfortunately just couldn’t really grip the ball, couldn’t really do anything with pressure,” he said.
Smith on the day was 27-for-42, 265 yards, two touchdowns, one interception.
He wasn’t awful on Sunday, but he was no match for young Raiders thrower Derek Carr, who threw for four touchdowns and 333 yards as Oakland ran past the Jets 34-20.
The Jets were their own worst enemy on defense, as they missed a number of tackles and just didn’t have the aggressive tendency as they did in weeks past.
”We probably had something like over 20-something missed tackles,” defensive back Antonio Cromartie said.
”That’s something that we can’t do. When you have the missed tackles, penalties and giving up long touchdowns, you’re automatically going to lose that game.”
It seemed like a lot of the young up and coming Raiders all had a hand in the win over New York. Rookie running back Latavius Murray ran for 113 yards, and wide out Andre Holmes caught two touchdown passes.
Wide out Michael Crabtree had 102 yards receiving and a score, and another solid youngster, Taiwan Jones added his first career score on a 59-yard catch and run.
The loss drops the Jets to 4-3 on the season, the same record as Oakland as it looks like they will be fighting it out with the silver and black for a possible AFC Wild card spot.
The Jets will look to break their two-game losing streak next week as they host the Jacksonville Jaguars.