On a raw, windy, miserable November afternoon in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the New York Jets defeated the Oakland Raiders, 34 - 3.
The game started out with the two teams trading field goals in a relatively uneventful first quarter. The Jets defense bent but did not break, and the offense moved the ball well but stalled when a touchdown pass was taken off the board due to a late pass interference call.
The Jets dominated the action in the second quarter, outscoring the Raiders 10 - 0 in a quarter highlighted by perhaps the finest drive of the season for the Jets offense, a 12 play, 96 yard gem. Sam Darnold was brilliant in this drive, saving a safety with a great pass for a first down while in the process of being tackled. The drive culminated in a Darnold dash for the end zone which was exhilarating, but perhaps a bit more reckless than you’d like to see on a regular basis, as Darnold lowered his right (throwing) shoulder into a Raiders defender to bull his way into the end zone.
The Jets came out in the second half and picked up right where they left off. They scored a touchdown on their first possession, highlighted by a 69 yard Darnold to Braxton Berrios connection. That gave the Jets a 20 - 3 lead and firm control of the game. On the ensuing possession the Jets defense made a great stop on fourth and inches to turn the ball over on downs in Raiders territory. The Jets proceeded to march right down the field and score on a Darnold to Robby Anderson touchdown pass to break the game wide open at 27 - 3. The first play of the ensuing Raiders drive resulted in a Jets interception for a touchdown and the rout was on. The rest of the game amounted to extended garbage time.
With the win the Jets have their first winning streak of the 2019 season extended to three games. Their record improves to 4-7 on the year, with a road game against the Cincinnati Bengals on tap next week.
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