The New York Jets outgained Oakland by nearly 250 yards and limited the visitors rushing attack to a measly 25 yards on 15 carries in a 19-14 victory over the Raiders at Met Life Stadium.
A 71-yard fourth-quarter scamper by Jets running back Chris Ivory put the game out of reach for the visiting Raiders, who were dominated by the stout Jets front seven, averaging only 1.7 on the ground Sunday afternoon.
Ivory averaged more than 10 yards a carry, running for 102 yards on 10 attempts. Maurice Jones-Drew had 11 yards on 9 carries in his first game as a Raider.
Rookie Derek Carr started off strong in his NFL debut, completing his first seven passes, including a touchdown to Rod Streater late in the first quarter. Carr ended up going 20-for-32 for 152 yards.
A diving interception by Charles Woodson set up the scoring drive in the 37-year-old veteran’s first game since returning to Oakland. The pick was one of two first half turnovers for Jet’s QB Geno Smith, who also fumbled in the red zone after having the ball knocked loose as he attempted to break a tackle.
Newly-acquired receiver James Jones was the real hero of the play, making a key block on the screen pass that allowed Streater to get around the edge untouched, and give Oakland an early 7-3.
Jones also made an incredible one-handed catch falling out of the end zone the end zone for a consolation score that cut the New York lead to 19-14 late in the game.
But Oakland was forced to punt on eight consecutive drives, five times going three and out. Without the threat of the run, the Jets were able to blitz the young Carr with reckless abandon, suffocating the Oakland passing attack.
New York did their best to keep Oakland in the game, leading by only six points for most of the contest despite out gaining Oakland 402-158.
The two Smith turnovers were compounded by 11 penalties for 105 yards, including two costly holding penalties that spoiled an impressive opening drive.
New York regained the lead at the end of the first half with a 12-play, 80-yard drive that culminated with a clever 5-yard shovel pass from Smith to half-back Chris Johnson to give the hosts a 10-7 advantage at the break.
After a shaky start, Smith went 23-for 28 for 221 yards with a TD and a pick.