The final score went the way most people thought it would, but this was not a total annihilation of the New York Jets by the Oakland Raiders, even with a 45-20 victory. Believe it or not, the Jets played the Raiders fairly close through nearly three quarters of football.
Then the silver and black went on the attack.
Leading 21-13 midway through the third, the Raiders struck suddenly with a 43-yard rushing touchdown from Cordarrelle Patterson to extend their lead to 15. After getting the ball early in the fourth following a punt, it took the Raiders just three plays to score again, this time with a quick 52-yard touchdown with the legs of Jalen Richard.
On the next play from scrimmage, Karl Joseph strip-sacked Josh McCown deep in Jets territory. Amari Cooper immediately drew a pass interference in the end zone, which Derek Carr followed up with an easy TD pass to Michael Crabtree.
The Raiders doubled their score through two-and-a-half quarters in around ten minutes of game action. No team can stand against that.
Early on, however, the Raiders were content to drag things out offensively, mixing in both run and pass plays. Their first two scoring drives took 10 and 8 plays, respectively. They did get an easy TD late in the first half after Kalif Raymond muffed a punt deep in his own territory.
Crabtree had the two early scores as well as the previously mentioned short TD in the fourth. The others came from a fade route after an audible and a beautiful 26-yard throw from Carr. He finished with 6 catches for 80 yards and 3 TDs. Cooper had 4 catches for 33 yards.
Carr went 23 for 28 and 230 yards to go along with the three strikes to Crabtree. Marshawn Lynch scored his first TD as a Raider off the muffed punt from Raymond, ultimately turning in 45 yards on 12 carries. Patterson, normally a receiver, had 57 yards on 3 carries to go with a 6-yard catch.
Richard was an all-purpose machine, carrying the ball 6 times for 58 yards and the aforementioned TD coupled with 2 catches for 51 yards, finishing just short of the century mark. The rookie safety duo of Marcus Maye and Jamal Adams were the lone bright spots for the Jets defense.
The Raiders defense bottled up McCown and company, save for two long passes and a 22-yard scamper from the 39-year-old gunslinger. He put up just 166 yards from a 17/25 statline, largely settling for shorter throws. McCown did find Jermaine Kearse twice for scores, the first on a 34-yard bomb, and the second in garbage time. Kearse had two other catches, which added up to 64 yards, burning David Amerson on his TD catches.
The Jets mixed in all three of their running backs for an effective output, though it didn’t matter late. Matt Forte, Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire combined for a total of 98 yards on 21 cumulative carries. McCown scrambled four times for 31 yards as well.
Joseph had a great game last week and continued that fine work this time around, getting 5 tackles, including the strip sack mentioned earlier, though he did hurt himself after a pressure on McCown’s second TD pass. Khalil Mack was mostly quiet in the first half, which allowed the rest of the team to put in a group effort. Mack did get 4 tackles and a sack in the second half. First-round rookie Gareon Conley also looked solid in his first career game.
The Raiders are now 2-0 for the first time in 15 years. They will travel to Landover, Maryland, next week to face the Washington Redskins in primetime. The 0-2 Jets will host the Miami Dolphins.
Game rating: 3/5