The final score of this game doesn't tell the story at all in this one. Make no mistake, the Jets controlled this game the whole way.
The Jets came out fast with a big return to give them great field position at the 40-yard line. In one play, the Jets were in Raiders territory on a 17-yard pass play from Geno Smth to David Nelson. Then the Jets began marching down the field and looked unstoppable. They were until they stopped themselves with a holding penalty. The Raiders stiffened up on defense and forced a field goal.
The Raiders came out, led by Derek Carr and went three and out.
Then just two plays into the next drive, Charles Woodson laid out to intercept a Geno Smith pass to give the Raiders the ball in scoring position at the 28-yard line.
Derek Carr converted two third down conversions on the drive, the second was a touchdown pass to Rod Streater and a 7-3 Raiders lead. It was Carr's first NFL touchdown pass.
The Jets were driving again an in third and 13 from outside the 50-yard line and Geno Smith scramble for the first down. One play later, the Jets were inside the 5-yard line. Then Geno Smith tried to run it to the right and Sio Moore hit him to knock the ball out and T.J. Carrie recovered to give the Raiders the ball and keep the Jets from scoring.
A couple of three and outs for each team and the Jets were once again driving. The Raiders have not been able to get to Geno Smith on the pass rush. He either has plenty of time or escapes pressure to scramble for first downs. He did this on this drive and led them for a touchdown to go up 10-7 at halftime.
The second half started out with a big return by Latavius Murray to put the Raiders in good field position at the 41-yard line. Then things fell apart quickly. Maurice Jones-Drew was nailed in the backfield and fumbled the ball. As the ball fell, he was taken down and kicked the ball in the air where Derek Carr caught it for a an 11-yard loss.
On the next play, the Jets disrupted a screen pass that was tipped up and offensive lineman, Gabe Jackson came down with it for one yard. And incomplete pass forced a punt.
The Jets began moving the ball down the field again but after an offensive pass interference penalty on Eric Decker, the drive stalled to force a punt.
Things got worse for the Raiders when on third down, they didn't pick up the blitz and Derek Carr was sacked up against his own goal line. The punt gave the Jets good field position again at midfield. They took that field position and drove for a field goal to go up 13-7.
The Jets would pull away midway through the fourth quarter on a 71-yard Chris Ivory run up the middle for the touchdown. After the failed 2-point conversion, the Jets were up 19-7.
The Raiders did very little in the second half. They finally put another score on the board with a long touchdown pass from Derek Carr to James Jones. But it was too late. There was 1:21 left on the clock and the Jets recovered the onsides kicks attempt to kneel out the clock.
This one was close late but the performances by both teams was not close at all. The Jets dominated the Raiders on both sides of the ball. They kept shooting themselves in the foot through three quarters with penalties and turnovers (2).
There was little chance that was going to continue. The Raiders offensive line couldn't protect Derek Carr and the playcalling was as vanilla as it comes, calling for short pas after short pass that was stopped , resulting in third-and-longs and punts.
Derek Carr started the game 7 for 7 for 53 yards and a touchdown. He then drove the Raiders to the late touchdown going 4 for 5 for 61 yards and a touchdown. In between it was all bad. He went 9 for 20 for 37 yards.
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