Brandon Marshall up, Antonio Cromartie down in Jets' loss


OAKLAND, Calif. -- A look at the New York Jets players who were “up” and those who were “down” in the team's 34-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday:


Brandon Marshall, wide receiver: He was one of the few bright spots in a mostly dismal performance by the Jets. Marshall caught nine passes for 108 yards in recording his fifth 100-yard receiving day of the season. He probably thought he was back in Denver, the first stop in his NFL career, because he was targeted a remarkable 18 times. Give him credit for playing; he suffered toe and ankle injuries but kept coming back. He declined to reveal the results of post game X-rays and said only, "I'll be OK."

Darrelle Revis, cornerback: It's hard to pick out a player from a secondary that allowed four touchdown passes and 333 passing yards, but Revis did a good job on rookie sensation Amari Cooper (five catches for 46 yards). Cooper was targeted only nine times, as the Raiders tried to stay away from Revis. Interestingly, they went after him on the first play of the game by throwing deep to Cooper. He had a step on Revis, but Derek Carr's pass was overthrown. It was a purpose pitch, kind of like Noah Syndergaard's buzzing a fastball at Alcides Escobar to start Game 3 of the World Series. It was a message by the Raiders, who came out with an attacking mentality. Afterward, Revis was complimentary of Cooper and called him an "awesome" and "electrifying" player.

Kenbrell Thompkins, wide receiver: Thompkins, an Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots cast-off, delivered a respectable performance, considering it was his first game in a Jets uniform. Pressed into action because of injuries, Thompkins handled the No. 4 receiver role and caught six of seven balls thrown his way. He finished with only 41 yards, but cut him some slack. He has been on the active roster for only two weeks.


Antonio Cromartie, cornerback: Cromartie was candid about his performance: "I played like s---." It's hard to argue with that assessment. Even Todd Bowles had to acknowledge Cromartie was "bad." He allowed 36- and 49-yard touchdowns to Michael Crabtree and Andre Holmes, respectively. Cromartie believes Holmes pushed off, but he wasn't complaining about it. Cromartie also contributed to the poor tackling effort by the defense, as he missed at least three tackles. Going forward, the Jets have to be a little concerned about Cromartie.

Marcus Williams, safety: Yes, that's right, safety. With Calvin Pryor (ankle) sidelined, the Jets decided to move Williams -- their No. 4 cornerback -- to safety. He practiced there all week and started alongside Marcus Gilchrist, which essentially gave the Jets two free safeties. The plan failed miserably, as Williams was responsible for at least three missed tackles. Bowles explained the decision by saying he figured Williams' coverage ability would help against the Raiders' spread formations. In the end, it backfired.

Demario Davis, linebacker: Oh boy, was he fooled or what? He was face-to-face with running back Taiwan Jones in the open field after a swing pass, and it didn't end well for Davis. He was faked to the grass, and Jones broke three more tackles on his way to a 59-yard touchdown that made it 28-6. Bowles ripped his defense and used the word "bad" several times. Davis most definitely was part of the problem.