Raiders give their least in east again
The Sports Xchange
NFL Team Report - Oakland Raiders - INSIDE SLANT
New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith bounced back from the first benching of his career to account for 269 total yards and two touchdowns -- one passing and one rushing -- as the Jets raced out to a 17-point halftime lead and a 37-27 win over the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium.
It was the Raiders' tenth consecutive loss in games played in the Eastern Time zone, a stretch in which opponents outscored Oakland 345-193.
Oakland last beat an East coast team on the road in the 2008 finale, when the Raiders edged Tampa Bay, 31-24.
Coach Dennis Allen hoped the Raiders' recent experience at MetLife Stadium -- where the Raiders led the Giants at halftime before falling, 24-20, on Nov. 3 -- would yield benefits against the Jets. But the Jets turned a Matt McGloin interception into a field goal and blocked a punt for a touchdown on their way to taking a 20-3 lead at halftime on Sunday.
"I don't think it was an issue with the travel," Allen said. "We were out here a couple weeks ago and we were able to start fast. We just didn't do it in this game. We just didn't execute as well as we needed to early in the football game."
The Raiders' offense tried to make a game of it in the second half. Oakland running back Marcel Reece raced untouched into the end zone on a 63-yard touchdown and wide receiver Rod Streater caught a 48-yard touchdown pass when the ball sailed over the intended receiver, tight end Jeron Mastrud, as a trio of Jets collided with him.
"We didn't start out fast -- we gave up points, we turned the ball over, we had a blocked kick, missed a field goal, all those things to put ourselves in a hole," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. "We were able to score there in the second half and give ourselves a chance. Unfortunately, every time that we got ourselves back in the ballgame offensively by going down and scoring, defensively, we couldn't make it hold up."
Quarterback Matt McGloin was 18-of-31 for 245 yards and two touchdowns for the Raiders (4-9), who assured themselves a losing record for the ninth time in the last 11 seasons -- a span in which they haven't finished above .500. The Raiders had a non-winning record just 15 times in the franchise's first 43 seasons.
Reece, pressed into starting duty because Rashad Jennings and Darren McFadden were inactive due to injury, rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown. Streater had seven catches for 130 yards and a score.
NFL Team Report - Oakland Raiders - NOTES, QUOTES
--QB Terrelle Pryor played one series in the first half, which resulted in a field goal. Coach Dennis Allen said afterward a Pryor-specific series was in the game plan.
--RB Rashad Jennings (concussion) was inactive, 10 days after he was injured against Dallas. Jennings practiced in limited fashion last week and was listed as questionable.
--The Raiders made a series of roster moves on Saturday, when they placed FS Usama Young (neck) and LB Kaluka Maiava (calf/ribs) on injured reserve, waived DL Brian Sanford and signed LB Marshall McFadden, CB Chance Casey and S Shelton Johnson off the practice squad.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We worked too hard to have the outcome be like this. We need 'Ws.' This game is about winning, It's about production. Stats don't matter. The numbers don't matter unless you win and we didn't do it." -- Raiders running back Marcel Reece, who rushed for a career-high 123 yards and a touchdown
NFL Team Report - Oakland Raiders - STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
What we learned:
Call it the Marcel Mystery. It is a mystery why the Raiders do not use Marcel Reece more often.
Reece, Oakland's Jack of all trades weapon, continued to excel in whatever role the Raiders ask him to perform. Reece, the Raiders' fullback, had 495 all-purpose yards in a four-game cameo as a featured back last November, but during the offseason, the Raiders turned back to injury-prone Darren McFadden as their feature back and signed Rashad Jennings as his backup.
Reece had just 45 touches in the Raiders' first 12 games, but with both McFadden and Jennings inactive on Sunday, he slid right back into the workhorse back role. Reece, a wide receiver in college, rushed for a career-high 123 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries and added two catches for 38 yards. He became the first opposing player to run for 100 yards against the Jets' league-best run defense this season and his 63-yard run was the longest surrendered by the Jets this year.