New York Jets 20, Oakland Raiders 45: A Muff, Michael Crabtree Too Much To Overcome (Highlights) 2
OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates after the Raiders scored a touchdown against the New York Jets at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 17, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Just when the New York Jets started to grab momentum on Sunday, a critical mistake led to the Oakland Raiders taking over for good. 

Bad football teams make bad football plays.

With the first half nearing its conclusion, Todd Bowles‘s New York Jets actually felt great about themselves. They had just forced another Oakland Raiders punt after cutting an initial 14-0 lead to 14-10 on a Josh McCown to Jermaine Kearse nine-route and a Chandler Catanzaro field goal.

But just as quickly as the good times started to flow was as quickly as it was snatched away courtesy of punt returner Kalif Raymond:

Marshawn Lynch then stuffed one into the end zone to make the halftime score 21-10. The Raiders then piled it on in the second half to come away with the beatdown of the day.

The final score: 45-20.

After Derek Carr and the Raiders offense torched the Jets defense for two touchdowns, Josh McCown found Jermaine Kearse on a nine-route while facing a 3rd-and-short:

Then the Raymond muff happened as did the Raiders onslaught.

Jalen Richard and Cordarrelle Patterson both ran for long touchdowns while Crabtree snagged his third touchdown of the game in the second half.

All told, Crabtree caught six passes for 80 yards and three scores. Lynch ran for 45 yards and a score on 12 carries. Carr threw for 230 yards and three touchdowns on 23-of-28 passing.

Part of the problem for the Jets defensively was the complete no-show from a defensive line that features Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson. Meanwhile, second-year ILB Darron Lee continues to be lost in space on the field while overplaying in the run game.

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Rookies Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye continue to play well, but cannot standout when nine other football players are horrible.

Offensively, the Jets were led by Kearse through the air who hauled in two touchdowns on four receptions. Matt Forte led the team in the rushing game with 53 yards on nine carries. McCown finished with two touchdowns and 166 yards on 17-of-25 passing.

The only turnover of the game came courtesy of Raymond on the muffed punt.

This is the first time since 2007 that the Jets have started 0-2. That ’07 team led by Eric Mangini finished 4-12.

They’ll look to lick their wounds and bounce back in the home opener next Sunday afternoon against the Miami Dolphins.

 NEXT: McCown Finds Kearse for Touchdown (Video) 


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