The Raiders took the field in East Rutherford, New Jersey for the second time this season, though with a much different starting lineup than the first time.
Matt McGloin’s fourth start was without running backs Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings, something that may have been costly.
The New York Jets ran the table on the Oakland defense, besting them 37-27 and forcing a continuance of a Raiders east coast losing streak extending to Week 7 of 2012.
McGloin was slow to get going but was close to unstoppable once he did during the second half. Finishing with two touchdowns, 245 yards and a 91.5 passer rating, McGloin once again would not make any excuses:
“(The Jets) played really well early on, they played well during the whole course of the game, but they really got up on us. I was proud of the way we fought there at the end, we made those adjustments and came out and played well in the second half.”
The Jets secured a 20-3 lead by the half, ultimately too much for the Raiders to overcome. Despite the loss, the 24 second-half points were the most the team has put together this season.
One of the reasons for the comeback was second year wideout Rod Streater. Finishing with 130 yards on seven catches, Streater also scored his sole touchdown during the third quarter.
On 3rd-and-3 at midfield, McGloin found Streater on a short pass. Streater did the rest, taking it 48 yards for six points. On the play, McGloin said:
“He was the second read, I just tried to jam it in there and Rod made a great run after the catch.”
Other scoring contributions came from tight end Mychal Rivera and Marcel Reece, who filled in admirably for the injured McFadden and Jennings.
Reminiscent of similar 2012 events, Reece bulldozed his way to 151 total yards, outrunning defensive backs at times. Head coach Dennis Allen shared his thoughts on the step-in-starter:
“I thought overall, he did a nice job running the football. I’ll have to go back and look at tape to see how well he did, but overall, a nice job.”
The defensive unit, though, didn’t do a nice job at all.
Giving up over 200 yards to that leagues worst passing offense and another 143 on the ground, the result was the team’s third straight loss.
The Raiders will head back to Alameda to prepare for one of the league’s top defenses, Kansas City, whom they host next Sunday.