Just a week after blowing a huge first half lead against the Buffalo Bills, the Oakland Raiders held on late to win 34-24 over the New York Jets.
Darren McFadden ran all over the Jets vaunted defense. He carried 19 times for 171 yards and a pair of touchdowns and led a Raiders rushing attack that accounted for over 200 yards and four touchdowns on the day.
The Raiders scored two and a half minutes into the game to take an early lead, but fell behind early in the second quarter after Mark Sanchez threw a touchdown to LaDainian Tomlinson. After the Jets added a field goal, McFadden broke a 70 yard run for his second touchdown of the day.
As time expired in the first half, Sebastian Janikowski nailed a 54 yard field goal to tie the game at 17.
After a third quarter filled with punting, the Raiders stopped the Jets on fourth down to get good field position on their own 37. After a 13 yard pass and 37 yard run, receiver Denarius Moore took a reverse in for a touchdown.
The Jets fumbled the ensuing kickoff, allowing the Raiders to take a 14 point lead on a Michael Bush run. The Jets pulled back within seven in the fourth quarter but the Raiders answered with a field goal to get to the final margin.
Mark Sanchez piled up 369 yards (116 to LaDainian Tomlinson) on the Raiders secondary but made a critical mistake in the first half when Tyvon Branch intercepted one of his passes in the end zone.
Jason Campbell wasn’t particularly good, throwing for only 156 yards and no touchdowns on 27 attempts but he avoided turning the ball over. The Raiders had 0 turnovers in the game and forced two.
Shane Lechler had a typical productive day at the office, punting six times for a 56.5 average with a long of 67.
The Raiders win was impressive following a huge collapse last week against the Bills. In their loss in Buffalo, the Raiders allowed 35 points after halftime. Against the Jets, they stepped up the defense after the half and got the win. The Bills (who beat the Patriots today) are one of three 3-0 teams in football.
The Raiders and Chargers are now tied for the AFC West division lead at 2-1. The Raiders are the only team in the division with a positive point differential through their first three games.
Next week the Raiders host the New England Patriots (2-1) who are coming off a stunning loss to the Buffalo Bills (where have we seen that before).