The Raiders jumped out to an early lead over the Jets and never relinquished it. The Jets briefly made a game of it, with some help from the zebras, but in the end the Raiders were too strong for the weak Jets.
Three-and-outs by both teams got us started off. Then the Raiders got ball back and did what they were expected to do from the opening kickoff -- they drove for a touchdown.
Michael Crabtree got things going with a 26-yard catch from Derek Carr. And the two connected to finish it off, with a 2-yard pass to Crabtree for the leaping grab and a 7-0 lead. The touchdown pass came on first and goal with Marshawn Lynch in the backfield. Carr audibled with ‘Seattle!’ which was a bit of a troll job to the Seahawks who infamously opted to pass the ball at the goal line in the Super Bowl instead of handing it to Lynch.
Even without getting the ball on the goal line, Marshawn Lynch still averaged 5.0 yards per carry on 4 carries for 20 yards.
The next drive, the Raiders defense held and the offense once again drove for a touchdown. And once again, it was Crabtree, who put a move on his defender to shake him and caught the back shoulder pass from Carr for a 26-yard touchdown.
On the Jets next drive, Bruce Irvin made a perfectly legal tackle on a pass at the line to Matt Forte and was called for probably the worst unnecessary roughness penalty you’ll ever see. It was a good tackle. That’s it. Nothing extra or post-whistle. It was simply a garbage call. And it put the Jets in Oakland territory. Three plays later, McCown connected with Jermaine Kearse for a 34-yard touchdown to make it 14-7.
The Jets would add another score in the quarter which included a 15-yard taunting penalty on Marquel Lee that set them up near midfield. They would move into field goal range and pull to 14-10 on a 46-yard field goal.
That was as close as they would get.
With 2:00 minutes left in the second quarter, Marquette King put a charge into a punt, sending it 65 yards where Jets return man Khalif Raymond signaled for fair catch, but muffed it. Johnny Holton was right there to dive on the ball and the Raiders took over in first and goal at the 4-yard-line.
This time, there was no ‘Seattle’ audible. This time the Raiders handed it off to Marshawn Lynch three straight time with Lynch going up the middle for the touchdown on third and goal at the two. It put the Raiders up 21-10 at the half.
To lead out the third quarter, the Jets made a valiant attempt to get back into it. They matriculated the ball down the field to get in scoring range. The Raiders had their change to stop it, but on third and 18 from the Oakland 48-yard line, Josh McCown escaped pressure and scrambled for a 22-yard first down.
That’s as close as they would get, settling for a 40-yard field goal to pull it to 21-13.
After that the Raiders pulled away.
Patterson hadn’t shown up in the return game, but made his presence felt from the backfield. With the Raiders at the 43-yard line, he got the ball on the hand off, broke a tackle and streaked for the touchdown.
Khalil Mack got his first sack of the season on the Jets’ ensuing drive. Later on the same drive, Karl Joseph came shooting in on the blitz to force a sack by Mario Edwards Jr and Denico Autry and forced a punt.
The Raiders offense got it back and it was Jalen Richard’s turn to make a big play. He took a pitch out right, put his foot in the ground and was gone 52 yards for the touchdown.
On one play, the Jets gave it right back, again it was Joseph flying in on the blitz, this time he got the sack himself, forced the fumble, and recovered it at the New York 18-yard line.
A pass interference by Morris Claiborne on Amari Cooper put the ball at the one. Carr went back to Michael Crabtree who scored his third touchdown of the day. And the rout was on.
The Jets would mount a long drive for a touchdown, but it was too late. The Raiders ran time off the clock and added a Giorgio Tavecchio field goal for the final score of 45-20.