The Oakland Raiders fell behind early and never recovered in a 37-27 loss to the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium Sunday, the Raiders’ third straight loss.
It’s also Oakland’s 13th straight defeat in the Eastern Time Zone.
The Jets got a field goal from Nick Folk on their first possession to take a 3-0 lead but the Raiders defense came up with a big play the second time the Jets had the ball. Kevin Burnett picked off Geno Smith and Oakland was in business at the Jets 37-yard line.
But the Raider offense couldn’t move the ball and settled for a 52-yard field goal attempt from Sebastian Janikowski that missed wide to the right on the cold day in New Jersey.
New York made Oakland pay … quickly.
Janikowski kicked a 41-yard field goal early in the second quarter to pull the Raiders back to within 10-3. With 5:06 left, Folk booted a 23-yarder to put New York back up 13-3.
On Oakland’s next drive, the Jets created the big break of the game.
After a three-and-out, the Raiders were preparing to punt the ball back to the Jets with four minutes to go in the first half. But Anthony Allen burst through the center of the line, blocked Marquette King’s kick and recovered in the end zone to put New York up 20-3 at halftime.
The Raiders made a big play early in the second half when Marcel Reece—the fullback starting at the running back spot in place of injured Rashad Jennings—went off left tackle for a 63-yard score to cut the lead to 20-10.
The Jets answered, however, with a 10-play, 65-yard scoring drive capped by an eight-yard run by Smith.
Rookie Matt McGloin drove the Raiders on a solid drive to the middle of the field, then hit Rod Streater with a short pass that Streater turned into a 48-yard touchdown to get Oakland within 10 again at 27-17.
New York put together a drive to the Oakland 33 and Folk kicked his third field goal of the game from 51 yards out for a 30-17 Jets lead after three quarters.
Janikowski hit a 40-yard field goal with 13:25 to go to make it 30-20. But the Jets answered with a touchdown march, going 68 yards on seven plays, capped by Chris Ivory running through a bunch of Raider tackles for a 15-yard touchdown.
The Raiders did put together a terrific drive, but took far too long in a game when they were trailing by 17. Oakland marched 93 yards in 15 plays, burning 6:34 off the clock before McGloin hit Mychal Rivera for a one-yard score.
The Jets hung 37 points on the Raiders after scoring just 20 in their last three games.
Reece finished with 123 yards on 19 carries while McGloin was 18-for-31 for 245 yards and two scores with one interception. Terrelle Pryor saw his first action in more than a month, going 2-for-5 for 20 yards and running three times for four yards. Streater made seven catches for 130 yards and a score.
Ivory rushed for 76 yards on 18 carries for the Jets, while Smith was 16-for-25 for 219 yards passing with a touchdown and a pick, while also gaining 50 yards and a touchdown on five carries.
The Raiders will look to avoid a fourth straight loss back at the Black Hole next Sunday when they host the Kansas City Chiefs in a renewal of their old AFL rivalry. The Chiefs beat the Raiders at Arrowhead in Week 6, 24-7.