Raiders drop season opener to Jets 19-14

The Oakland Raiders traveled to New York to take on the Jets for the opening season, riding a 13-game losing streak on the East Coast.

Unfortunately for the Raiders and Raider Nation, that trend continued as the Jets pulled away with a 19-14 victory against the Raiders.

After winning the kickoff, the Raiders differed to the second half in order to give the defense an opportunity to set the tone.

Jets second-year quarterback Geno Smith was able to get the offense moving some, but the drive stalled at the Raiders 27 yard line when the Raiders held on fourth and 21. The Jets would get on the board first with the Nick Folk 45-yard field goal to go up 3-0.

The Raiders went three and out on the ensuing drive, a theme that would become common throughout the game.

But it wouldn’t take long for the Raiders to get the ball back as they came up with their first turnover of the season. Veteran safety Charles Woodson would undercut a route nicely to make a diving interception of Smith’s pass to give the ball to the offense at the Jets 28 yard line.

Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr took advantage of the short field finding wide receiver Rod Streater on a quick bubble screen to the outside for a 12-yard touchdown to put the Raiders up 7-3.

That would be the only success the Raiders offense would have for quite some time. Marquette King would be asked to come out on to the field on the eight next offensive drives as the Raiders would be forced to punt.

Meanwhile, the Jets would build retake and build on the lead.

The Jets young quarterback would muster up a beautiful shovel pass to running back Chris Johnson on a goal line play to take the 10-7 lead that would stand at the half.

The Raiders defense would do an adequate job of keeping the Jets off the board but with the offense unable to get back on the board, the defense just couldn’t hold any longer.

Jets running back Chris Ivory would put the game out of reach finally by busting through a hole in the middle to scamper 71 yards for the touchdown. A failed two-point conversion would leave the score at 19-7 with just over eight minutes remaining.

The Raiders would finally get back into the end zone, but with unders two minutes remaining. Carr threw a nice ball up to James Jones, who made an acrobatic catch over the defender and got two feet down in the end zone for the touchdown.

Sebastian Janikowski executed a nice onside kick but the recovery team was unable to get to it as the Jets held on to it.

The Jets would go into the victory formation to secure the 19-14 win for the Jets.

Much of the Raiders inability to move can be attributed to the lack of a running game. Raiders running backs Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew ran for just 26 yards combined, on 13 carries.

Carr was thrown into a tough atmosphere for his first NFL start against a very tough Jets defense, finishing 23 for 28 for 221 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

The Raiders need to get the power running game going if they want to get in the win column as they can’t rely on a rookie to do it all.

The Raiders return to Oakland to take on the Houston Texans at O.Co Coliseum next week.

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