The Oakland Raiders returned home to O.Co Coliseum to take on the New York Jets after their dominating win over the San Diego Chargers last week.
The Raiders didn’t skip a beat, continuing right where they left off last week, getting off to a quick start just as they had done the week before.
Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was knocked out of the game early after he scrambled for a first down, but injuring his hand on the play. He would not return to the game and New York would turn to Geno Smith at quarterback who would lead the team down for a field goal for the early lead.
Second-year quarterback Derek Carr showed he wasn’t afraid to attack Darrelle Revis last year, and it was no different this year. He attacked him right from the beginning, throwing it deep on him on the first play of the game. It was overthrown, but his rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper did have a step on the Pro Bowl corner. This would be the case for much of the game.
Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave would call a perfect drive, getting his offense to a 1st-and-goal situation. Carr threw a perfect fade pattern to Andre Holmes to take the early 7-0 lead.
Following a Jets three-and-out, Carr would get right back to scoring. After a couple of passes to Cooper, he went to his veteran wide receiver Michael Crabtree who caught the pass and broke three tackles to scamper into the endzone for the 36-yard touchdown and the 14-3 lead.
Carr would throw one more touchdown before the end of the half, this time going back to Holmes. On 3rd and 2, the young quarterback threw a perfect pass to Holmes who was streaking past Antonio Cromartie for the 49-yard touchdown that gave the Raiders the 21-6 lead at halftime.
The Raiders added on after receiving the second-half kickoff, with Musgrave keeping his foot on the pedal. Carr dumped the ball off underneath to the speedster Taiwan Jones who made some nifty moves to scamper 59 yards for his first career touchdown.
Unwilling to quit, the Jets would get their first touchdown of the game on the ensuing drive. After finding Brandon Marshall for a 28-yard gain, Smith found his other receiver in Eric Decker who beat DJ Hayden for the touchdown, bringing the score to 28-13.
Kicker Sebastian Janikowski would tack on a couple of field goals to extend the Raiders lead, but Jets head coach Todd Bowles wouldn’t let his team give up. Smith got led the team right back down the field for another touchdown, bringing it to 34-20.
The Raiders would really make things interesting by throwing the ball and then having a bad drop by Andre Holmes for a quick three-and-out to give the ball right back to the Jets. The throw to Holmes was enough for a first down.
Down just two scores, the Jets would get down to the Raiders 38 line where they faced a 4th and 2. Ken Norton, Jr.’s defense would be able to get some pressure on Smith, forcing a holding call and a wide throw for the incompletion and giving the ball back to the Raiders on downs.
Both offenses would stumble from there on out, with the Raider holding on to the 34-20 win to move them to 4-3. They will now head out on the road to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers.