The Oakland Raiders lost their 11th season opener in 12 tries on Sunday as the new York Jets spoiled rookie quarterback Derek Carr’s NFL debut with a 19-14 win in New Jersey.
The Jets started the scoring on their opening drive with a 45-yard field goal by Nick Folk with 9:16 remaining in the first quarter.
The Raiders went three-and-out on their first offensive possession, but would take the lead on the team’s next turn with a 12-yard touchdown pass from Carr to wide receiver Rod Streater with 2:43 left in the opening quarter giving the Raiders a 7-3 lead.
Oakland’s first score was set up by an interception by Raiders’ safety Charles Woodson; Jets’ quarterback Geno Smith’s pass was intended for receiver Eric Decker when Woodson jumped the route and set his team up at the Jet’s 30-yard line. The Raiders’ offense would then go into hibernation until Carr hooked up with receiver James Jones with 1:18 left in the game to pull them closer at 19-14.
Raiders’ Kicker Sebastian Janikowski’s ensuing onside kick failed and the Jets would end the game in victory formation.
The Jets took the lead for good on a 5-yard shovel pass from Smith to running back Chris Johnson, moving ahead 10-7 in the final 30 seconds of the first half.
Running back Chris Ivory capped off the Jets’ scoring with a 71-yard touchdown-run with just over eight minutes to play in the game putting his team in front 19-7 (two-point conversion failed).
Carr finished the day completing 20 of 32 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns. The rookie averaged just 4.7 yards per attempt as the Jets’ defense kept Carr from doing any major damage down the field.
The Jets offense compiled 402 yards on offense compared to the Raiders’ paltry 158. Oakland had no success on the ground, rushing the ball 15 times for 25 yards.
The Jets maintained a balanced attack all day as they amassed 212 yards on the ground and 221 through the air.