There were some bright, shining moments when the Jets seemed as if they would be in this battle by the Bay for the long haul. Mostly that occurred in the second quarter, when the Green & White had trimmed the Silver & Black's lead to 14-10 and looked as if they might take that four-point deficit into their Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum locker room at the half.
But that was not the case as Oakland opened up the lead beginning with a minute to go in the half by spreading the wealth — three Derek Carr touchdown passes to Michael Crabtree and three rushing TDs (one short by Marshawn Lynch, two long), while getting help from two damaging turnovers deep in Jets territory.
The result was a 45-20 Raiders victory in their home opener that dropped the Jets to 0-2 on the season, with their home opener against the Dolphins ahead next Sunday.
Here are six takeaways from today's game:
1. Carr to Crab
After the Jets defense pitched a 3-and-out on the game's first drive, the Raiders got rolling on Drive 2, moving 81 yards on 11 plays, with Derek Carr lofting a 2-yard fade over 5'9" Buster Skrine and into the hands of 6'1" Michael Crabtree for the opening score.
The on their third drive Carr and Crabtree got their second TD, with Carr's underthrown ball gathered in by Crabtree against second-year CB Juston Burris and taken the last 5 yards to the end zone for a 14-0 lead with 12:55 left in the first half. That capped an 85-yard, eight-play march.
With the game under control early in the fourth quarter, Carr-to-Crabtree struck for a third time on a 1-yard out, again against Burris, after a strip-sack of Josh McCown again gave the hosts excellent field position.
2. New Jets Respond
Jets offenses had scored in 13 consecutive quarters against the Raiders dating to the teams' 2011 meeting in the Coliseum. That streak ended with the Raiders' 7-0 lead after one quarter today. But McCown and the offense got moving on their own a little with contributions from two newer Jets. Rookie RB Elijah McGuire got his first pro carries, TE Neal Sterling moved the chains on his first reception as a member of the Green & White.
But the big play was McCown's 34-yard third-down strike to WR Jermaine Kearse over CB David Amerson to slice the Green & White's deficit in half to 14-7. It was McCown's first TD pass and Kearse's first TD catch as Jets.
3. Costly Muff
Kalif Raymond had shown some nice flashes as the Jets' new returner — he had a 40-yard kickoff return today — but also a lack of sure-handedness. After two muffs at Buffalo, Raymond committed a costly muff, looking directly into the Northern California sun to field a punt, with Johnny Holton recovering for the hosts at the Jets 4 with 1:50 to play in the first half. In short order, "Beast Mode" roared to life as Marshawn Lynch barged over from 3 yards out for a 21-10 lead. It was Lynch's fourth career TD against the Jets and his first since scoring for Seattle in 2012.
4. Crazylegs McCown
McCown took advantage of Raiders zone coverage by pulling the ball down and running for 22 yards on his 38-year-old legs to convert 3rd-and-18 for a first down at the OAK 26. It wasn't enough for a touchdown but it did get the offense close enough for Chandler Catanzaro's second field goal in the game — and his shortest of the season — from 40 yards out to cut the Raiders lead to 21-13 in the third quarter. At that stage McCown was challenging the Jets' Matt Forte (35 yards) and the Raiders' Lynch (38) yards for the game rushing lead with 31 yards on four carries.
5. Ground Game Coup de Grace?
Cordarrelle Patterson has been a wideout and kickoff returner for most of his career. But the Raiders obviously like him in a sometimes different role, and the Jets couldn't stop it. Patterson (6'2", 220) for the third time took a Carr handoff as a tailback. And the third time was the charm as he skipped through blockers and defenders to run 43 yards on third-and-1 for the Raiders' fourth TD of the day and a 28-13 lead with 3:31 left in the third quarter.
With Carr having cooled off from his hot first-quarter start, the Raiders stayed on the ground. On first down near midfield, 5'8" second-year RB Jalen Richard hit a crease and didn't stop until he had a 52-yard TD run for a 35-13 lead. It was the first time opponents had scored on two 40-yards-plus runs since then-rookie Brad Hubbard did it for San Diego in 1967.
6. Back to Kearse
After the Jets fell behind by 42-13, Josh McCown directed a 75-yard drive in 10 plays to the Jets' second touchdown of the afternoon, and the second TD catch by Kearse. It came on an 11-yarder down the middle as McCown faced blitz pressure from both flanks. Kearse held on to become the first Jets wideout since Brandon Marshall in '15 to have two TD catches in a game, and the first WR since Laveranues Coles at Cincinnati in 2007 to grab two scoring passes in the same road game.
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