The Jets entered the game with the Raiders on a three game losing streak, and with their playoff hopes just about dead. Even if the Jets can win the rest of the games remaining on their schedule they will still need multiple teams to lose in order to make the playoffs. However, their chance of making the playoffs was not the only topic of controversy with this on-and-off team. The Jets Quarter back, Geno Smith, was also heavily talked about as he was benched in the 2nd half of the Jets last game, and he has been inconsistent throughout the season.
The Jets played well in the first quarter of the game, scoring twice in the quarter. The first was a 41 yard field goal by kicker Nick Folk, and the second was a touchdown pass from Geno Smith. It was an impressive touchdown drive by the Jets, taking them just 3 plays to drive down 58 yards for the score.
The Raiders returned with the first points of the second quarter on a field goal by kicker Sebastian Janikowski. Nick Folk converted on his second field goal of the game later on in the quarter, giving the Jets a 13-3 lead. The Jets took a 20-3 lead soon after on an amazing play by Antonio Allen. Allen blocked a punt by the Raiders and then recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown.
The Raiders kicked off the scoring early in the second half when Marcel Reece ran for a 65 yard touchdown. The Jets answered back though, as Geno Smith again drove the Jets down the field and eventually scored himself on an 8 yard touchdown run. Before the quarter was over both the Raiders and the Jets scored one more time. The Raiders scored on a 48 yard touchdown pass from Matt McGloin to Rod Streater, and the Jets scored on a third field goal by Nick Folk. This put the Jets up going into the fourth quarter with a 30-17 lead.
The Raiders scored on another field goal by Sebastian Janikowski early on in the fourth quarter, but the game was just about over when Jets running back Chris Ivory ran for a 15 yard touchdown. The Raiders, in one last attempt, were able to score again off of a pass from McGloin. However, this was too late and too little, leaving the Jets the victors with a final score of 37-27.
It was a very good game for the Jets as a team, with both the offense and defense playing well. Geno Smith had a good bounce back game from his performance last week, but he did not play a perfect game. Smith’s final numbers were 219 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, 1 rushing touchdown, and 1 interception. The Jets will be at Carolina next week when the play the Panthers, and hopefully they can bring in a win again for an improbable but possible playoff spot.