The Oakland Raiders won the coin toss against the New York Jets but they decided to kick off instead of receive the opening kick. The Jets started out their first drive at the 15 yard line, and ended it 13 plays and 63 yards later where they kicked a field goal to make the score 3-0 New York. It wasn't all good for the Jets though, their starting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick injured his non throwing hand on a play on the drive and was replaced by Geno Smith.
Derek Carr and the Raiders started their first drive at their own 22 yard line, and it ended in the end zone in an easy touchdown catch for Andre Holmes. The touchdown put the Raiders on top 7-3, and it was an impressive drive altogether. The Raiders drive lasted 10 plays and went 78 yards with Latavius Murray accounting for 33 of those yards on the ground.
The Jets got one first down which came on a defensive pass interference penalty but that was all on their next drive. Oakland started at their own 24 after T.J. Carrie returned the punt 2 yards. Again, the Raiders drove right through the Jets normally stout defense for another touchdown to make the score 14-3 Raiders. The touchdown went to Michael Crabtree who some how ran through two would be tacklers for the score. Derek Carr went 6 for 6 passing on the drive,
Once again the Jets failed to produce on offense and once again the Raiders made them pay. This time the score came on a 3rd and 2 play when Derek Carr threw a picture perfect deep ball to Andre Holmes. It was Holmes' 2nd touchdown on the day, and he snagged it in stride on a great play to make the score 21-3 Raiders.
Geno Smith tried to go deep right away on the Jets next drive, and Charles Woodson was there instead of Brandon Marshall though, Woodson ran to the fans on the sideline after he intercepted the ball and led a chant of "Raiders! Raiders!" with the crowd. It was one of those immortal moments that only true greats like Charles Woodson can incite. Unfortunately the Raiders offense couldn't capitalize on the turnover and Sebastian Janikowski missed the 52 yard field goal attempt.
New York did finally get something going in on offense this time, they were able to get enough plays strung together for another field goal, this one from 38 yards out and made the score 21-6 Raiders. The 3rd down play was a deep pass that looked good to Brandon Marshall but T.J.Carrie was able to make a play to break up the pass but he paid for it though landing hard on his back. Carrie was able to walk off the field afterwards but he was holding the small of his back while doing so.
Oakland was content with the lead going into half so they just kneed the ball and ran the clock out. They head to the locker room up 21-6 and look forward to getting the ball first in the 2nd half after deciding to defer the kickoff. It is the 2nd straight game that the Raiders did not punt in the first half, though they did have the missed field goal so they didn't score on every drive this time. Still, it was another terrific first half of Silver and Black football.