In what amounted to an ugly loss on the road, the Raiders dropped one to the now 4-7 New York Jets. Neither side of the ball played nearly good enough for a win, and the Raiders took a major blow to their playoff hopes.
The Raiders offense took the field to open the game. Facing an early 3rd and long, Carr hit Jalen Richard on a well executed screen pass for a first down. Two dropped passes later, the offense would have to settle for a field goal. It would be the last time they scored for the rest of the game.
The Jets next three drives all resulted in a score. They were able to move the ball almost at will against the Raiders defense, who looked confused and sluggish from the first drive. The Jets second possession was a 12-play, 96-yard drive. The Jets were almost held to a field goal when Maxx Crosby and Maurice Hurst combined to sack Sam Darnold, but the referees somehow ruled it a roughing the passer penalty that set the Jets up on the goalline. Darnold would take it in himself on a designed QB run.
The Raiders were only able to manage 18 plays for 82 yards on their next four drives of the first half. Dropped passes killed just about each drive. All they got out of it was a missed field goal when the New Jersey wind knuckled a Daniel Carlson kick at the last second.
After starting the second half down only 10 points, any hope of a comeback was immediately extinguished when Sam Darnold hit Braxton Berrios for a 69-yard pass. Darnold threw a 1-yard TD pass to Ryan Griffin on the next play that seemingly shut the door on any potential comeback.
The Raiders needed to get something going on their next drive but their efforts proved fruitless. Jacobs was stopped on a 3rd and 2 by a coordinated effort from the Jets defense and the officiating crew marking the spot short. Alec Ingold failed to convert on 4th and 1, and Gruden failed on yet another challenge as the Jets took over at midfield.
Darnold was really humming at this point. He hit Robby Anderson twice in four plays, resulting in another score. The Raiders got the ball back after the kickoff and Carr tried to fit a tight window pass to Trevor Davis. The ball was deflected and landed right in a Jets defender’s out-stretched hands and he trotted into the endzone. Just like that, the Jets scored 21 points in the first 10 minutes of the 3rd quarter.
Jon Gruden pulled Carr soon after. Down 31 points, the Jets defense would be sending the house at Carr for the remainder of the game. So instead of risk an injury to his quarterback in a game out of reach, Gruden allowed Mike Glennon to get some game reps. Each team would trade punts for the rest of the game anyways.
The Raiders receivers dropped passes all game. The Jets receivers, on the other hand, had no such problem. Not an excuse for professional receivers who are paid to catch the football.
The referees had questionable calls all game, but lets face it — the Jets woke up for this game and the Raiders didn’t.
Paul Guenther’s defense has now allowed 10 scoring drives of 90 or more yards in the past two seasons. This is the most ever allowed in two seasons by an NFL defensive coordinator.