New York Jets at Oakland Raiders 9/25/11

The New York Jets came to Oakland for the Raiders' home opener, and optimism (and a mostly-full house) made an appearance at Coliseum for the first time in quite a while. Even as a life-long Steeler fan, I have to give it up to Raider fans for the effort: Fans in the Black Hole

Fans in the Black Hole

Fans in the Black Hole

Also, the Raiderettes:


One week after Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was here to play the 49ers, his twin brother Rex brought his Jets to the Bay:

Rex Ryan

Plaxico Burress was a great Steeler, and probably got too harsh of a sentence for his gun charge, so it was good to see him back in uniform and in good spirits:

Plaxico Burress

Derrick Mason, Plaxico Burress & Santonio Holmes

Burress also made a great catch for a touchdown to keep the Jets in the game:

Chimdi Chekwa & Plaxico Burress

Darren McFadden had a nice game for the Raiders, racking up 171 yards and two touchdowns:

Eric Smith & Darren McFadden

The Raiders' power back Michael Bush also played well, adding a couple of clutch catches and a touchdown run:

Bryan Thomas & Michael Bush

Michael Bush

Receiver Denarius Moore, something of an "it" player this season, scored on a reverse:

Denarius Moore

Denarius Moore

The Raiders defense roughed up the Jets, sacking Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez four times, and keeping him out of the end zone on the game's final drive:

Mark Sanchez

Rolando McClain & Dustin Keller

Patrick Turner & Joe Porter

For his part, Sanchez threw for 369 yards, but couldn't get the Jets over the finish line:

Mark Sanchez

Mark Sanchez

New Jet Derrick Mason pulled in six catches, but also dropped a few:

Derrick Mason

Antonio Cromartie had a tough day. While he didn't sire any more offspring (during the game) he gave up a pass interference penalty and dropped what could have been an early interception:

Derek Hagan & Antonio Cromartie

Antonio Cromartie

As time expired after the Raiders stopped Sanchez at the goal line, the Black Hole erupted:

The Black Hole

The Raiders sit 2-1 with the New England Patriots coming to town next week.