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LT continues to shine in 3rd-down role

OAKLAND -- Before Darren McFadden took over in the Raiders' 34-24 victory, the best back on the field was LaDainian Tomlinson. Just like he always used to be.

Tomlinson helped the Jets to a 17-7 lead, with a 74-yard reception that set up a touchdown (he was pushed out at the 1) and an 18-yard scoring catch. He became the third player in NFL history to score 160 or more touchdowns, joining Jerry Rice (208) and Emmitt Smith (175).

Tomlinson finished the game with five receptions for 116 yards, the third 100-yard receiving game of his career and his first since 2003.

He's a Raiders killer, dating to his years with the Chargers. Tomlinson said he heard it from the notoriously unruly fans as soon as he stepped on the field. Asked to recall the worst thing he heard, he said, "You're old."

Didn't look it, though.

On his touchdown, Tomlinson circled out of the backfield and beat OLB Quentin Groves for the easy play. On the 74-yard play, it was blitz-beater, a well-executed screen pass against an all-out blitz.

"Unfortunately, we wasted his efforts," Rex Ryan said.

INJURY REPORT: In addition to CB Antonio Cromartie (bruised lung), TE Jeff Cumberland suffered a potentially serious ankle injury. He will have an MRI exam Monday morning. Without Cumberland, the Jets couldn't use their three-tight end package.

SLOPPY: The Jets were penalized seven times for 61 yards. Cromartie was flagged four times, plus LB Calvin Pace, TE Matt Mulligan and LG Matt Slauson.

SILVER LINING: The Jets' defense didn't totally stink. It held the Raiders to 0-for-8 on third downs. Since the 11:21 mark the fourth quarter in Week One against the Cowboys, the Jets have held opponents to 3-of-24 on third down attempts. This was the third time under Ryan that the team has not allowed a third down conversion.

FIRST BLEMISH: The Jets dropped to 1-6 in non-divisional AFC road games under Ryan.