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NY Jets continue laughable offense with 16-12 Raiders loss (Highlights)

Jordan Whitehead, Michael Mayer, New York Jets, Las Vegas Raiders
Jordan Whitehead, Michael Mayer, New York Jets, Las Vegas Raiders, Getty Images

The New York Jets’ offense continued to make them a league-wide laughingstock

No version of Danny Ocean could help the New York Jets break into the most secure place in Las Vegas: the end zone at Allegiant Stadium.

Despite a not-totally-disastrous effort from Zach Wilson, the Jets (4-5) were forced to leave Sin City without either, as they dropped a 16-12 decision to the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 10’s Sunday nightcap. The lone touchdown of the night proved to be the winner for the Raiders (5-5), as Aidan O’Connell found Michael Mayer from seven yards away in the opening stages of the fourth quarter.

In a refreshing change of pace for the New York offense, the Jets scored on each of their first three drives, sustained by Wilson vindicating the faith that head coach Robert Saleh and Co. placed in him. Unrelated Wilsons Zach and Garrett got the Jets in Las Vegas territory for the first time with a 41-yard hook-up while the former later broke loose for a 23-yard gain that was originally ruled a touchdown before a replay review determined otherwise.

Alas for those Jets fans in attendance, the scores in question were mere Greg Zuerlein triples, as penalties and indecisiveness in the red zone cost them a chance at six. The second triple, the one before Wilson’s run to near-glory, was set up by a Jordan Whitehead interception.

The Jets’ defense did its part to limit the damage caused by the offensive shortcomings, including consecutive sacks from John Franklin-Myers and the duo of Quinnen Williams and Solomon Thomas drove Las Vegas out of field goal range toward the end of the half.

But the lack of touchdowns allowed Las Vegas to finally break through for a double: they were likewise limited to field goals at first, namely those from Daniel Carlson, but got in the red zone thanks to a long run from Josh Jacobs, a breakthrough from a workman-like effort that earned triple digits on 25 carries. They capitalized with the Mayer tally three plays later.

Jamien Sherwood forced a Jacobs fumble as the Raiders were going for a sealing score, allowing the Jets’ offense the chance at a game-winning drive. They made it to the Las Vegas 20, but Robert Spillane’s interception of Wilson more or less sealed the deal and allowed the Raiders to eat more clock. They failed to run it out, but the Raiders defense held strong one more time.

The Jets return to action next Sunday when they open a divisional doubleheader against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS).

Geoff Magliocchetti is on X @GeoffJMags 

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Jonathan Richter
7 months ago

Where are all the comments about how bad Breece Hall is? Another pathetic 2.2 yd per carry dud. Out of 9 games he’s been good in 2. I suppose all you Breece apologists will blame it on crappy play-calling and a banged up offensive line.

7 months ago

Hall isn’t bad but he’s just a certain kind of RB, the home run hitter type who will be stopped on most runs but is a constant threat to take it to the house. He’s probably not an every down back but should be used primarily on third downs. The real shame of it is, though, that Dalvin Cook has shown lately that he is an every-down back. He has a slashing style that tends to net positive gains no matter how good or bad the blocking is, and he should probably be getting at least as many touches as Hall. But of course, the Jets coaching is clueless and is letting him waste away on the bench. Hackett’s incompetence is a big part of the Jets’ problems.

7 months ago
Reply to  DFargas

Good points. They need a bruising back, and that’s not Breece.