Jets Come Crashing Down, Lose In Oakland 34-24
After flying out to a 17-7 lead in the first half, the New York Jets defense would give up 24 straight points. The offense was unable to mount a successful comeback, and the Jets now fall to 2-1 on the season after today’s 34-24 loss at the Oakland Raiders.
One of the biggest turning points of the entire game was late in the second quarter, when Darren McFadden ran 70 yards for a touchdown that cut the Jets lead to 17-14. Oakland would add on a 54-yard field goal at the end of the first half to tie the game at 17, and then the second half was dominated by the Raiders.
The biggest “goat” of the game for the J-E-T-S was Antonio Cormartie, who commited 4 penalties in the game. Cromartie was also in the center of the worst mistake of the day. While the Jets only trailed 24-17, Cromarite fumbled a kickoff return and was recoved by Oakland. Michael Bush scored from 1 yard out two plays later to make it 31-17, and by that point the game was essentially out of reach.
Mark Sanchez had a much rougher second trip to Oakland in his career, getting bloodied on one of Oakland’s four second-half sacks and needing a visor to protect a cut on his face. Despite all that, Sanchez still completed 27 of 43 passes for a career-high 369 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.
The Jets will continue their 3-game road trip next Sunday night in Baltimore, when they take on the 2-1 Ravens.