January 20, 2018

Raiders Defeat Jets 45-20

Up next for the Oakland Raiders was a visit from the New York Jets.¬† The Jets were coming off a 21-12 loss to the Buffalo Bills and the Raiders were coming off a 26-16 win over the Tennessee Titans.¬† The Raiders won the coin flip and elected to receive.¬† An unnecessary roughness penalty on tight end Lee Smith doomed this drive from the start.¬† All he did was push an opposing player after a play was over.¬† Players push each other all the time.¬† But Jeff (Overprotective father) Triplette and his crew of zebras didn’t see it that way and threw the flag.¬† On third and 11 from the 15, the Raiders called a simple running play and punter Marquette King punted them out of trouble.

The Jets gained two yards on their first possession and punted the ball right back to the Raiders.  From the Oakland 19-yard line, quarterback Derek Carr went to work.  A four-yard carry by running back Marshawn Lynch got things off to a nice start.  From the 23, Lynch got the call again.  But this time he tossed the ball back to Carr.  Carr found wide receiver Michael Crabtree wide open for a gain of 26 yards and a successful flea-flicker.  More carries by Lynch, a short pass to wide receiver Amari Cooper and a carry by wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson put the Raiders at the New York 17-yard line.  On third and four from the 11, Carr tossed a short pass to running back DeAndre Washington.  Washington ran up the right side and was pushed out of bounds at the two.  Everyone was certain that Lynch was going to get the call from there.  The Jets put nine men in the box and were ready for Lynch.  Carr noticed this and called an audible.  He took the snap and tossed a high pass to the corner of the end zone.  Crabtree made the catch for a touchdown.  Kicker Giorgio Tavecchio made the point after and the Raiders led 7-0 with 2:21 to go in the first quarter.

The Jets did manage to get a first down on their next possession, but ended up punting as quarterback Josh McCown was sacked by defensive end Mario Edwards on third and long.  The Raiders took over at their 15-yard line.  A nice run by running back Jalen Richard was brought back by a clipping penalty on left tackle Donald Penn.  That penalty moved them back to the eight.  But they quickly overcame that bad field possession with completions to Cooper and tight end Jared Cook.  On second and 11 from the 31, Richard caught a pass across the middle and took it all the way to the New York 30-yard line.  Three plays later, Carr floated a pass up the right side.  It was a little under-thrown, but Crabtree adjusted and hauled the pass in for his second touchdown of the day.  Tavecchio made the point after and the Raiders led 14-0 with 12:55 to go in the second quarter.

The Jets took over at their 25.¬† A carry by running back Elijah McGuire and a pass to wide receiver Neal Sterling had the Jets moving in the right direction.¬† On second and six from the 43, McCown completed a short pass to running back Matt Forte.¬† Linebacker Bruce Irvin hit Forte and he was stopped for no gain.¬† However, more flags were thrown after the play.¬† For the second consecutive week, Irvin was flagged for unnecessary roughness.¬† Granted, it was a hard tackle, but Forte wasn’t injured.¬† The zebras saw it differently.¬† Head coach Jack Del Rio was going out of his mind and I was surprised he didn’t get flagged.¬† Maybe they should play two hand touch from now on.¬† That will assure the almighty commissioner that none of his players ever get hurt again.¬† That penalty put the Jets in Oakland territory.¬† On third and two from the 34, McCown went deep up the right side and the pass was caught by wide receiver Jermaine Kearse.¬† Cornerback David Amerson was there with good coverage, but the pass was perfectly thrown and Kearse caught it for a touchdown.¬† Kicker Chandler Catanzaro made the point after and the Raiders led 14-7 with 9:08 to go in the second quarter.

The Raiders were able to move from their 15 to the 44.¬† But on third and two from the 44, Carr felt some pressure from the right side and he had to hurry his throw intended for Cook.¬† The pass was incomplete and King punted again.¬† The Jets looked to even the score.¬† A carry and a reception by Forte got them moving again.¬† On first down from the 33, running back Bilal Powell got a carry and was pushed out of bounds after a short gain.¬† Then the flags went flying again.¬† Rookie linebacker Marquel Lee was flagged for taunting.¬† It looked like Triplette was smiling as he announced the third 15-yard penalty on the Raiders.¬† If you rolled up his sleeve, I’ll bet you’d find a Jets tattoo on his arm.¬† Two carries by Forte straight up the middle gained 23 yards.¬† The Jets looked like they were going to tie the game up.¬† But on third and one from the Oakland 28, they opted to try a pass.¬† It was incomplete and Catanzaro came on for a 46-yard attempt.¬† It was good and with 3:06 to go in the half, the Raiders led 14-10.

The Jets forced a three and out and were looking for more points before the half ended.¬† There would be more points scored.¬† But they would be scored by the Raiders.¬† That’s because return man Kalif Raymond dropped the punt and it was recovered at the four by wide receiver Johnny Holton of the Raiders.¬† It took him three tries, but Marshawn Lynch finally did it.¬† The crowd went absolutely ballistic as he dove into the end zone.¬† Tavecchio added the extra point and the Raiders led 21-10 at halftime.

The Jets took almost eight minutes off the clock on their first possession of the second half.  They made it all the way down to the Oakland 17-yard line.  But on fourth and one, they were flagged for a delay of game.  Catanzaro kicked a 40-yard field goal and the Raiders led 21-13 with 7:05 to go in the third quarter.

The Raiders took over at their 16 and a couple of carries by Washington moved them to the 32.  An unnecessary roughness penalty on the Jets put the ball near midfield.  On third and one from the New York 43, Patterson got the call and ran up the middle for a touchdown.  Tavecchio made the point after and the Raiders led 28-13 with 3:31 to go in the third quarter.

The Raiders now had a relatively comfortable lead and it would stay that way as McCown was sacked two more times on their next drive.¬† At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Raiders started their next drive at their 21-yard line.¬† A pass to Cooper and a couple of carries by Lynch put them at the 48.¬† That’s when Richard got another carry.¬† He took it up the right side, cut back to the middle and outran the Jets for a 52-yard touchdown.¬† That was the dagger and it put the game out of reach for the Jets.¬† Tavecchio made the point after and the Raiders led 35-13 with 12:49 to go in the game.

It would get worse for the Jets on their next possession.  McCown was sacked by safety Karl Joseph and the ball came loose.  Joseph recovered it and the Raiders took over at the New York 18-yard line.  Carr looked for Cooper in the end zone on first down.  The pass was incomplete, but the Jets were flagged for pass interference.  That put the ball at the one.  From there, Carr threw for the end zone and the pass was caught by Crabtree for his third touchdown of the game.  Tavecchio made the point after and the Raiders led 42-13 with 12:27 to go in the game.

The Jets would put together another long drive and McCown would connect with Kearse for another touchdown.¬† That made the score 42-20 with 8:42 to go.¬† The Raiders would recover the onside kick and turned the running game over to Richard.¬† This made Mr. Lynch very happy and he proceeded to dance up and down the sidelines.¬† That really put the Oakland crowd into a frenzy.¬† Tavecchio made a 29-yard field goal with 25 seconds to go and the Raiders came away with a 45-20 victory.¬† That’s the first time they won their first two games of the season since 2002.

For the Jets, Josh McCown completed 17 of 25 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns.  Jermaine Kearse and Matt Forte tied for the lead in receptions with four apiece.  Kearse had the most receiving yards with 64 and two touchdowns.  Forte led the team on the ground with 53 yards on nine carries.  As a team, the Jets rushed for 126 yards on 25 carries.  Defensively, rookie safety Marcus Maye led the team in solo tackles with six.

For the Raiders, Derek Carr completed 23 of 28 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns.  Michael Crabtree led the team in receptions with six and yards with 80 and three touchdowns.  Jalen Richard led the way in rushing with 58 yards on six carries and one touchdown.  As a team, the Raiders rushed for 180 yards on 27 carries.  The offensive line did a great job and Carr left the field with a clean uniform.  Defensively, linebacker Cory James and cornerback T.J. Carrie tied the team in solo tackles with five each.  The defense had a pretty good day as they sacked McCown four times and forced two fumbles.

Up next for the Raiders is another trip across the country.  This time it will be to face the Washington Redskins.  They are coming off a win over the Rams and they will be looking to give the Raiders a hard time.  Until then, take it easy.

The Raider Guy

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