The New York Jets (5-7) were coming off a three-game losing streak while facing off against the Oakland Raiders (4-8) but got out to an early 10-0 lead and never looked back in winning 37-27. Now the Jets will have to travel for a late game next Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, and while the Jets are 3-0 against the NFC South this season, this will be their toughest test since beating the Saints in week nine.
Chris Ivory ran for nine yards on first down, then nine more on the next play from scrimmage. Two plays later Geno Smith targeted Santonio Holmes for a 33-yard catch and run. Two plays to Jeremy Kerley netted five more yards, but the drive stalled thereafter. Nick Folk made the 41-yard field goal to open the scoring. After the Raiders punted, Smith found David Nelson for seven yards, then a direct snap to Bilal Powell netted a first down. On third down, Kevin Burnett intercepted Smith inside the Jets 40 yard line. Sebastian Janikowski missed from 52 yards out. Smith connected with Kellen Winslow for 31 yards on the Jets opening play of the next drive. Powell then ran for three yards, then Smith found a leaping Kerley in the end zone for the touchdown.
On a 14-play drive that started in the late stages of the first quarter, the Raiders drove down for a Janikowski 41-yard field goal after Demario Davis sacked Terrelle Pryor on second down for an eight yard loss. After a four yard loss with Powell being taken down by Moore, Smith found Nelson for nine, and Kerley for the first down. Smith then found Winslow for 15 yards on third down and seven to keep the drive going. Ivory took a four yard loss then Smith was sacked by Ross for a nine yard loss. Ryan Quigley's punt was out at the two yard line. Ed Reed got his first Jets' interception of Matt McGloin on third down and the Jets were set up first and goal at the four yard line. Folk made the 23-yard field goal after Smith's third down pass went off Holmes hands on the timing pattern. The Jets defense forced the Raiders to punt, and King's punt was blocked by Antonio Allen who recovered it for the touchdown. The Jets were up 20-3 at the half.
On the second play of the Raiders opening drive, Marcel Reece rumbled for a 63-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 20-10. Winslow made a nice catch along the sideline for 16 yards on second down as the Jets began to drive. On a rollout Smith found Tommy Bohanon for a six yard gain to get to the Oakland 48 yard line. After Smith ran for a first down, the refs tacked on 15 more yards for unnecessary roughness, a late hit by Houston on Smith. Smith then connected with Nelson for a first down along the sideline to the eight yard line. Geno Smith called his own number and ran it in for the touchdown two plays later. McGloin found Streater for a 48-yard touchdown as Reed collided with Antonio Cromartie in coverage on the Raiders next series. Smith connected with Nelson for five yards to open next Jets drive, then Powell ran for 11 yards. On third down and nine, a screen to Powell went for 24 yards to the Raiders 34 yard line. Nick Folk made the 51-yard field goal to increase the lead to 30-17.
The Raiders started their next drive in third quarter and Janikowski connected from 40 yards to make it 30-20. Smith found Holmes for 11 yards on a third down and four yard play on the next Jets possession. Chris Ivory fumbled but recovered it himself after a five yard run. Geno Smith then ran it for 32 yards on third down to put the Jets at the Raiders 20 yard line. Ivory then broke tackles to run it in from 15 yards out after a five yard encroachment penalty on the Raiders. Calvin Pace sacked McGloin on the Raiders first play of the next series. Quinton Coples got an easy sack of McGloin a few plays later as the ball slipped out of his throwing hand but he recovered it for the loss. A league-leading sixth pass interference penalty on Cromartie helped the Raiders get back down the field. McGloin found Rivera on fourth and goal to make it 37-27, as snow started falling a few plays earlier. The Jets recovered the Raiders onside kick attempt. Coples sacked McGloin again to end the game.
D'Brickashaw Ferguson made his 125th straight game started as a Jet on Sunday, where he has been a rock anchoring the blind side of the line. Now if only the rest of the team could be as consistent as he is, especially at the offensive skill positions, then the Jets would be in much better shape to hopefully still make the playoffs. For now they are still on the outside looking in.
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