This was as maddening a loss as you will ever see. The Jets had this game won. With just 13 seconds left on the clock the Raiders were stalled at midfield. All the Jets had to do was flood the back end with defensive backs, keep the play in front of them, and the Raiders could not win. Instead Gregg Williams dialed up an insane all out blitz package, leaving the slow footed Jets cornerback Lamar Jackson on an island against one of the fastest men in the NFL in Henry Ruggs. Jackson foolishly bit on a Ruggs fake, Ruggs blew past Jackson, and with no help deep, Derek Carr completed a 47 yard bomb to Ruggs for the game winning touchdown. A fitting ending for this garbage dump of a team.
The game started out in such a promising manner. The Jets opened the game with a score for the sixth straight game. Sam Darnold threw a touchdown pass to Jamison Crowder for his first touchdown pass since September, and the Jets had a quick 7 - 0 lead. The Jets went on to later intercept Derek Carr and Darnold threw another touchdown pass to Jamison Crowder to take a 13 - 7 lead.
From there it was all downhill in the first half. The Jets turned the ball over on three straight possessions, the Raiders capitalized with 10 unanswered points, and the Jets squandered their early lead to trail at halftime, 17 -13.
The Raiders opened the second half with a long touchdown drive to take a 24 - 13 lead and it looked like the Jets were in trouble. However, the Jets showed fight, as they clawed back with two touchdown drives in the fourth quarter to take a 28 - 24 lead with a little more than five minutes to play. The Raiders then went on a long march deep into Jets territory, aided by two Jets defensive holding calls for crucial first downs. The Raiders got inside the Jets 10 yard line before stalling with just over a minute to play. All the Jets had to do to secure their first victory of the season was get one first down. Three ineffective running plays later the Jets were forced to punt, and the Raiders had one last chance with under 40 seconds left and no timeouts. The Raiders went nowhere on the drive, until the Jets gift wrapped the game with an early holiday present by Gregg Williams to Henry Ruggs and the Raiders
With the loss the Jets bring their record to 0 - 12 on the year and inch closer to the #1 pick in the 2021 draft.
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