It was not the ideal start for the Raiders with the Jets going on a scoring drive to open the day. Along the way, they converted three straight third downs, but they needed four of them. On third and one, the Raiders stuffed the middle for a tackle for a loss of one and the Jets got on the board first with a field goal.
Also on that first drive, Ryan Fitzpatrick escaped pressure to scramble for a first down, but he injured his hand on the play and came out of the game in favor of Geno Smith. And from there on out, things went just as the Raiders had hoped.
In response to the Jets game opening field goal, the Raiders answered with a touchdown. They were livin' right on that drive. After picking up a third down thanks to the Jets jumping offsides, Carr threw for Michael Crabtree only to have it go through his hands and into the hands of Amari Cooper for a 12-yard pickup.
A few plays later, Latavius Murray went out right on a stretch play, broke a tackle and went for 26 yards. A six yard run put the Raiders sin first and goal. Then a quick throw from Carr went to Andre Holmes on the fade route in the right corner of the endzone for the touchdown to give the Raiders a 7-3 first quarter lead.
The Raiders onslaught would continue as they would go on another touchdown drive to go up 14-3. And then do it again, this time with a long bomb up to right sideline from Derek Carr to Andre Holmes for a 49-yard touchdown.
With a commanding 21-3 lead, Geno Smith tried to pick up some big yards on first down. He threw the ball up the left sideline and Charles Woodson swooped over to pick off the pass. It was Woodson's fifth of the season which leads the league. It also moved Woodson into the top five all time in interceptions.
The Raiders were unable to take advantage of the turnover with Sebastian Janikowski missing a 52-yard field goal attempt.
The Jets got the ball at their own 42-yard-line with just over two minutes left in the second quarter. They got things going on that drive, making it to the 20-yard-line, but could get no farther. They settled for another field goal to make it a 21-6 game.
Just as they did last week, the Raiders came out firing to start the second half. They drove for a score on the second half opening drive, highlighted by a spectacular 59-yard catch and run by Taiwan Jones. The play saw him catch the short pass in the right flat and break three tackles on his way to pay dirt. It gave the Raiders a 28-6 lead at the same point in the game they had a 37-6 lead against the Chargers.
There was on quit in the Jets, however. They responded with a drive of their own, highlighted by a 28-yard catch by Brandon Marshall and the Jets finished it off for the their first touchdown of the game to cut the lead to 28-13.
On the ensuing drive, Latavius Murray broke off a 25-yard run which put him over 100 yards (103) on the day. This set Sebastian Janikowski for a chance at another 52-yard field goal and this time he made it to extend the Raiders lead at 31-13. Another drive stopped by the Raiders defense led to another drive for a field goal by Janikowski to further extend the Raiders lead to 34-13 early in the fourth quarter.
As happened several times in this game, the Jets responded with a scoring drive of their own. A pass interference call by Neiko Thorpe in the end zone set the Jets up with first and goal at the one. It took three plays, but on third down Geno Smith rolled right and found tight end Kellen Davis for the touchdown.
The Raiders would take the ball at their own 20-yard-line with a two-score lead and 8:37 on the clock. A dropped pass from Andre Holmes would bring Marquette King on to punt for the first time in the game with 7:44 left in the fourth quarter.
This time the Jets couldn't respond. They ended up having to go for it on 4th and 3 and the Raiders got pressure to force an incompletion from Smith. It was a huge turnover on downs for the Raiders with just over five minutes left in the game, up two scores.
What the Raiders needed was to take time off the clock, and they didn't do that, twice putting the ball in the air and two stopping the clock. Another big defensive stop and the Jets were three-and-out and punting.
Three-and-out possessions were what we saw from the Raiders on each of their final three possessions prior to their kneel down series. But the Raiders defense was giving up nothing. Soon Geno Smith was knocked out of the game, bringing an injured Ryan Fitzpatrick back for a couple plays. Smith came back in, the Raiders defense held again, finishing on a Neiko Thorpe pass defended on fourth and 10.
Raiders win 34-20 to improve to 4-3 on the season, while dropping the Jets to the same record.