New season, same old result for the Raiders =another loss

RaidersThe Oakland Raiders traveled to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ on Sunday for another early East Coast game to begin the 2014 NFL season and the host New York Jets ran wild for 212 yards and defeated the Raiders, 19-14 in front of 78,160 fans. It was another disappointing outing for die-hard silver and black fans and the loss was the 14th straight for the Raiders on the East Coast.

Chris Ivory broke off a 71-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter to give them a 19-7 lead and the deciding score.

Second year QB Geno Smith completed just 55.8% of his attempts as a rookie, but showed he has improved by completing 23 of 28 passes (82.1%) for 221 yards, one touchdown and one interception with a 96.6 QB Rating. He took them on a drive to open the game, but they were limited to a field goal when Oakland’s defense stiffened up. Eric Decker was a huge offseason signing when he agreed to a five year deal worth 46 million. He had a decent debut, catching five balls (in six targets) for 74 yards.

Ivory ran for 102 yards on 10 carries, including the deciding TD and Chris Johnson ran for 68 yards on 13 carries. His longest run was 11 yards, but he looks like he has something left to contribute to the Jets running game. Especially playing in a platoon situation with a younger Ivory, it could help extend Johnson’s career.

NY committed a Raider-like 11 penalties for 105 yards and combined with the two turnovers Smith had things could have turned out very differently for the Jets. However, Oakland was unable to run the ball and had a rookie QB learning on the job so NY was able to pull out a sloppy home win.

The Raiders had just 25 yards running the ball on 15 carries, something that has to change if they are to take some pressure off Carr. The 25 yards allowed was the lowest of the Rex Ryan era with the Jets.

Derek CarrDavid Carr made his first start as a rookie and looked good for the most part, completing 20 of 32 passes for 152 yards, two touchdowns, a 94.7 Rating, and most importantly no turnovers. He didn’t make any mistakes and he showed a lot of poise in a hostile road environment. Rod Streater caught five passes for 46 yards and a 12 yarder for a TD with less than three minutes in the first quarter to give them a 7-3 lead. James Jones caught three passes for 34 yards, including a 30 yarder for a score with 1:21 left in the game.

Linebacker Sio Moore had a huge game on the defensive side of the ball, 13 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble. This came six weeks after the team released linebacker Kevin Burnett because he wasn’t medically cleared to play. Charles Woodson had an INT in his 17th season, joining Darrell Green as the only other player to achieve that feat.

—Oakland’s 158 total yards on offense were their fewest since totaling 124 against the Giants in 2009.

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