By Reid McEvoy
The New York Jets, unfortunately but expectedly, lost to the Raiders on the road Sunday, 45-20. Coming into the game the Jets said they were going to be aggressive, and they were, playing much better offensively than they did in Week 1, but their 20 points was no match for the Raiders’ 45. So the Jets have started the season 0-2, which statistically gives them a 12% chance of making the playoffs.
Jermaine Kearse had a great game, with 64 receiving yards and two touchdowns, the first time a Jets’ receiver had two scores on the road since 2007.
Quarterback Josh McCown got his weekly $125K for the start, going 17-of-25 for 166 yards and two touchdowns. The Raiders were sure to rattle him, as he was hit on just about every passing down, primarily by Khalil Mack.
Contrary to what many thought, it was actually the Jets’ defense that was the real problem. They created no turnovers and allowed Michael Crabtree to get to score three touchdowns. Cordarrelle Patterson added a rushing touchdown. They did contain Marshawn Lynch pretty well, as he only had 45 yards, but did score a touchdown.
Kalif Raymond turned the game completely in Oakland’s favor when he muffed a punt late in the first half inside the 10, leading to an immediate Raiders touchdown, which ended the chance of an upset victory.
The Jets will now be headed back home for their season opener against the Jay Cutler-led Dolphins, who picked up a win today off a comedy of errors concluded by a missed field goal by the Chargers that would have won the game. If the Jets play to the best of their ability, they could go on a decent winning streak, with matchups against the Dolphins, Jaguars and then Browns coming up.