Jets quarterback Geno Smith scored his first touchdown through the air since Week 7. Geno was 16/25 with one touchdown pass and one interception. In addition, Geno had 50 crucial yards rushing and one rushing score.
In his first game back in a month, WR Jeremy Kerley caught four passes for 41 yards and one touchdown.
Antonio Allen blocked a punt from just outside the Raiders end zone and leapt on the ball to score a touchdown. It was the team’s first special teams touchdown in almost two years.
Ed Reed had an interception to set up a short field for the Jets in the first half, but he also had another play where he overpursued and his collision with Antonio Cromartie caused am untouched Rod Streater touchdown.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comThis win is more sigh of relief than exultant shout. The Jets have stopped the bleeding of their previous three game losing streak and might somehow remain in the hunt, but with wins by Baltimore and Miami the Jets are on the outside looking in and look to remain there.
On the positive side, the Jets did a very nice job of moving the ball against the Raiders. The run game worked well and Chris Ivory did a good job of taking pressure off the quarterback. Geno looked more confident, throwing strikes deep and showing the deft touch on a few screen passes. Having Santonio Holmes, Jeremy Kerley and David Nelson helped out and while Kerley only had four catches, they came at opportune moments and helped move the chains in some key situations along with his touchdown.
Ed Reed’s interception was his first since Week 12 of 2012 and set up the Jets for a short field and score, still he’s not demonstrating the need to be on the field the whole game, something that was evident on the play in which he knocked Cromartie off his coverage and allowed Rod Streater to take a pass untouched in for a score.
Dee Milliner played well, breaking up a few passes and using the boundary to help him defend some deep balls. Of course the Raiders aren’t the Broncos, but it was good to see Milliner play well and hopefully gain some confidence.
On the whole, the Jets defense seemed to struggle. Third stringer RB Marcel Reece ran for more yards than an running back has on the Jets in as long as I can remember. Rookie quarterback Matt McGloin (who was oddly yanked early only to be re-inserted) threw for 245 yards, two scores and an interception. The Jets got the job done, but it wasn’t a clean performance.
The Jets now will head next Sunday to Charlotte to play one of the dominant NFC’s best teams, the 9-3 Carolina Panthers.