The Oakland Raiders dropped their third straight game losing 37-27 to the New York Jets. It marks the twelfth straight loss for the Raiders in the eastern time zone and makes head coach Dennis Allen 0-8 in those games. The Jets snapped their three game losing streak and scored more points (37) against the Raiders than they have their previous three games (20).
Earlier in the season, it appeared the Raiders defense had improved dramatically. However, in the last three weeks they have struggled to stop opponents. Today, as well as the previous two weeks, Oakland could not get off the field on third down. They allowed the Jets to convert 7-13 and extend drives for scores.
Jets quarterback Geno Smith came into this game playing abysmal football. However, the Raiders allowed the rookie to get comfortable early and settle into a rhythm. Smith finished the game 16-25 for 219 yards, an interception and two total touchdowns. He had not thrown a touchdown in five week since late October.
New York jumped out to an early advantage kicking a Nick Folk field goal on their first drive. Later in the first quarter, Smith connected with wide receiver Jeremy Kerley on a 25 yard touchdown pass to give them a 10-0 lead. Smith put it up for grabs in the endzone and Kerley out jumped Raiders defenders to haul in the score.
The teams exchanged field goals in the second quarter to keep the lead at 10 points. Oakland put in Terrelle Pryor for a series that resulted in their three points. He spelled McGloin and the Raiders drove 58 yards in 14 plays. On the next possession, the Raiders went back to Matt McGloin, who threw an inexplicable interception to Ed Reed that was taken back to the Oakland four yard line. The Jets only cashed it in for three points. As the half was winding down, the Raiders were forced to punt. Marquette King's punt was blocked by Antonio Allen right through the middle and he recovered for a touchdown. That gave the Jets a 20-3 halftime advantage.
On the first possession of the second half, Marcel Reece broke a 63 yard touchdown up the middle. Reece, who was filling in for the injured Rashad Jennings and Darren McFadden, finished with 19 carries for 123 yards. It is a shame it takes injuries to involve Reece more into the Raiders offense.
The Jets responded to the Raiders touchdown with one of their own. Smith drove the offense 64 yards in 10 plays and capped it off with a quarterback keeper for an eight yard touchdown. Raiders' defensive end Lamarr Houston bit on the fake and allowed Smith to have a clear lane for six points off the back side.
The scoring fireworks continued as McGloin brought the Raiders right back. After the bad interception and being replaced by Pryor for a series, McGloin settled in during the second half. He fired a pass through traffic to Rod Streater, who broke away for a 48 yard touchdown. That closed the Jets lead to 27-17.
On New York's next possession, the Raiders defense allowed the Jets to convert on third and nine twice. The Jets came away with another Folk field goal to extend the lead to 30-17. McGloin drove the Raiders 52 yards for a Sebastian Janikowski field goal to cut the deficit back to ten points.
With the Raiders is desperate need of a stop to begin the fourth quarter and facing another third down, Oakland's defense allowed Smith to scramble away from pressure and run for 32 yards and a first down. Two plays later, running back Chris Ivory bounced off several Raiders missed tackle and in for a 15 yard touchdown.
McGloin was able to take the Raiders down for a late score to Mychal Rivera, but they ate up way too much time. McGloin finished the game 18-31 for 245 yards, two touchdowns and the interception. Early on he looked uncomfortable in the pocket, but relaxed in the second half and produced. It wasn't enough for the Raiders, who now ensure another losing season.
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