Despite two turnovers, Jets QB Geno Smith still had one of the best games of his career in a game against the Raiders that was not nearly as close as the score indicated.
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The New York Jets beat the Oakland Raiders 19-14 on Sunday, but the score was not anywhere near indicative of the domination the Jets displayed.
The Jets recorded 402 yards of offense: 221 yards passing from QB Geno Smith (minus 31 from two sacks) and 212 yards rushing from Chris Ivory, Chris Johnson and Smith.
Smith set a career high in single-game completion percentage with 82.1%. He also had the 2nd highest passer rating of his career with a 96.6 rating. With the win, Smith becomes 7-2 at MetLife Stadium for his career.
Ivory had his 7th career 100-yard game and set a personal record with a 71-yard TD run in the 4th quarter that essentially iced the game for the Jets. Chris Johnson, who the Jets acquired in free agency, also recorded his first TD as a Jet – a 5-yard pass at the end of the 1st half.
Geno Smith committed two turnovers – an INT which led to the Raiders first TD and later a fumble on the Raiders goal-line the following drive. In addition, the Jets committed 11 penalties for 105 yards. But as bad as the Jets offense was at keeping the ball or staying disciplined, the defense showed up in a huge way.
The Jets running defense allowed only 1.7 yards per carry in the rushing game: running back Maurice Jones-Drew started the game with 8 carries for -1 yards before a 12-yard run late in the fourth quarter – the Raiders only rushing play of the game greater than 6 yards. The Jets passing defense allowed two TDs: one on a short field following an INT by Charles Woodson and the other with 1:21 remaining while the Jets defense was in Prevent defense.
The Raiders rookie QB Derek Carr was sharp in his debut, playing turnover free football and throwing for 2 TDs.