Oakland Raiders safety Charles Woodson didn’t mince words about the performance of the defense in Sunday’s 37-27 loss to the New York Jets.
Woodson told JerryMcDonald of the Contra Costa Times: “Defensively we went out there and basically peed down our legs.”
Don’t hold back, Charles … what do you really think?
The Raiders got lit up for 30 points (seven of the points were scored by the special teams when the Jets blocked a Marquette King punt) and allowed 352 total yards, including 143 on the ground, and New York converted seven of 13 third-down opportunities.
That was an offensive explosion for the Jets, who had scored 20 points and averaged 221 yards per game during the three-game losing streak they snapped with the win over the Raiders.
“That’s as embarrassing a game that I’ve ever been a part of,” Woodson said. “I think each one of us took turns messing up calls, defense (and) not making plays.”
Woodson was quick to say that while the loss was a team effort on the defense’s part, the offense did well.
“I do want to give credit to our offense,” Woodson said. “They just kept fighting and really gave us a chance to still be in the game.”
The Raiders have lost three straight and are 4-9, but thanks to the general mediocrity of the AFC are still mathematically alive for a playoff berth. They are three games behind the Baltimore Ravens for the final playoff spot with three games to play. The only AFC team to be eliminated at this point is 2-11 Houston.