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Jets' 3 Players, 3 Plays of the Raiders Game

Offense in the Spotlight with Catches by Marshall, Decker & Kerley, Most of Them from Smith


Jets players and plays of the game in the 34-20 loss to the Raiders at O.Co Coliseum on Sunday afternoon:

Players of the Game

WR Brandon Marshall — Marshall had game-high totals of nine receptions and 108 receiving yards, making him the first Jet with five 100-yard games in a season since Laveranues Coles in 2006. Despite ankle and toe injuries, he had five first-down receptions, all coming in the second half. He also had his 15th third-down catch of the season, which produced his 14th third-down conversion. And his 28-yard third-quarter reception set up the Jets' first touchdown.

WR Eric Decker — Decker was listed as questionable with his lingering knee injury but he again came through with key contributions in the passing game. Coming off his six catches for 94 yards at New England, he had six for 60 yards at Oakland. That included a 4-yard touchdown pass from Geno Smith in the third quarter, his fifth TD reception of the season. And his 21-yard catch from Smith on fourth-and-19 was the Jets' longest fourth-down conversion since 2011.

QB Geno Smith — Smith had a slow start and a tough finish in coming off the bench for his first game action of the season, but in between he brought the Jets back from a 21-3 deficit with 17 points in a four-drive midgame span. He completed 27 of 45 overall for 265 yards, two TDs and one interception — and after the long pick by Charles Woodson, Smith completed 20 of 24 passes. His 29-yard scramble in the fourth quarter was the longest by a Jets QB since 2010, when Brad Smith went for 40 yards, and the seventh-longest  by a QB in franchise history.

Plays of the Game

Jeremy Kerley 23-yard pass from Geno Smith, 9:40 left, first quarter — Third-and-5 at the Jets' 47. Time for Geno's first pass of the game out of an empty backfield, and for Kerley to do his third-down thing. With the O-line picking up the Raiders' spinning, stunting five-man rush well, Smith fired a pass to the slanting Kerley, who beat CB T.J. Carrie for the reception, then maneuvered 16 yards after the catch to the Oakland 30. It was enough to set up Nick Folk for an eventual 40-yard field goal and the Jets' only lead of the game.

Kellen Davis 1-yard pass from Smith, 8:37 left, fourth quarter — Davis had been on the field for 169 plays before Oakland, with only two passes thrown his way, both incomplete. Can you say blocking TE? Yet Davis also has been quite productive through his career when thrown to, producing one touchdown for every four receptions. On this play, he caught his first pass and his first TD of the season in the right corner of the end zone, fighting off the coverage of Khalil Mack to grab Smith's play-action rollout throw to cut the Raiders' lead to 34-20.

Eric Decker 21-yard pass on fourth-and-19 from Geno Smith, 1:39 left, fourth quarter — It was unlikely to create a one-score game — that possibility evaporated a few minutes before — but this play kept the Green & White's last-ditch hopes alive. Smith moved away from pressure from Oakland's three-man rush and heaved 21 yards to Decker, leaping in the middle of three loosely covering defenders for the grab to keep the drive alive on its way to the Raiders 28 before the next fourth-down throw couldn't be corralled by Marshall at the goal line with 23 seconds left.

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