Although Darren McFadden found himself on the injury yet again, the Oakland Raiders had to be feeling somewhat confident going into their matchup against the New York Jets considering Rashad Jennings had practiced all week.
However, come Sunday morning not only was McFadden ruled out, but so was Jennings who apparently, despite practicing all week did not clear the NFL’s concussion tests. That didn’t bode well for the Raiders, who were already facing a somewhat up-hill battle against the Jets solid run defense.
Now down to Marcel Reece, who moved from fullback to running back for the day, the Raiders had to hope they could find a way to score points.
Score points they did, but it was their defense which came back to haunt them as the New York Jets could not be kept out of the end zone.
New York found themselves up 20-3 by the second quarter thanks to two touchdowns (one offensively, one special teams) and two field goals. It was a lead they would not relinquish despite Oakland’s best effort, as they continued to push the Jets all afternoon long.
Despite that, New York seemingly had an answer for everything the Raiders did, including playing both Matt McGloin and Terrelle Pryor at quarterback. Pryor didn’t see the field much, only attempting five passes (completing two for 20 yards).
The win pushed the Jets to 6-7 while the loss dropped Oakland to an ugly 4-9.