Oakland, CA – If Marshawn Lynch dancing on the sidelines in the fourth is any indication as to how successful this Raiders team can be watch out. It was another dominant performance by Oakland and its only the second week of the season. Six touchdowns, three from Michael Crabtree and Marshawn Lynch recorded his first for the season.
Oakland dominated the New York Jets 45-20 on their home opener, it was a party for everybody. The options on offense were endless for Derek Carr, who
went 23 -of-28 for 230 yards. The Raiders running game took flight and at the helm was Lynch himself. Making his home debut, he didn’t disappoint.
“We know we have a lot of talent and a lot of weapons,” said Carr. “A lot of guys that can play different and multiple positions. A guy like C.P. (Patterson) or even Marshawn. We put him at wide receiver sometimes. Being able to do all those things helps us as an offense.”
Oakland didn’t look their best on opening drive, and that was the only time the Jets defense looked good. By the next series, it was the Lynch show. A hand off from Carr to Lynch, had the running back hand the ball back to Carr before he went deep to Michael Crabtree for 26 yards.
Lynch then broke through tackles, rushing for 13 yards. That put Oakland in the red zone. Carr then lobbed a pass to Crabtree over his defender for the 2-yard touchdown. The Raiders defense did a phenomenal job of making the right stops to force New York to punt twice in the first quarter.
“It’s awesome to be 2-0, nice start to the season,” head coach Jack Del Rio said. “Offense gets six touchdowns and a field goal out of 10 series. Explosive plays, no sacks, so good stuff there.”
Carr’s short pass to Jalen Richard who rushed for 39 yards setup Crabtree’s second touchdown of the day. Carr connected with Crabtree for a 26-yard touchdown making it a 14-0 game. Crabtree had 6 catches for 80 yards and the offense was just getting started. However, a few penalties proved costly for Oakland. Bruce Irvin was called for unnecessary roughness after he flipped Matt Forte after the play was dead.
That 15 yard penalty put the Jets in great field position before McCown threw a 34-yard pass to Jermaine Kearse who took one step in to the end zone for the touchdown. Another flag was thrown for unnecessary roughness and that setup Chandler Catanzaro’s 46-yard field goal.
“I think they’re watching me extra now,” said Irvin. “It was a football tackle to me but they thought differently.”
But Carr and his offense got another opportunity to score seconds before the half ended. Kalif Raymond muffed up Marquette King’s 65 yard punt. Raymond never had control of the ball while untouched, he fumbled and Johnny Holton was in the right place to recover.
Lynch then rushed in the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown, his first touchdown as a Raider this season. With 21 seconds left before the half Oakland made it a 21-10 game. Lynch got the crowd hyped when “I’m really from Oakland,” featuring Vell and DJ Mustard blared over the speakers prompting the running back to dance making the crowd go crazy!
By the second half, the Jets completely fell apart. After Catanzaro’s 46-yd field goal in the third quarter, the Raiders scored three more touchdowns. Cordarrelle Patterson rushed for a 43-yard touchdown outrunning all of his defenders. Richard rushed for a 52-yard touchdown giving Oakland a 28-13 lead in the fourth.
“We’re getting better with practice and reading plays,” Khalil Mack said when asked how well the defense is playing. “You can tell based on our communication on the field, we have great chemistry.
Mario Edwards Jr. made his first sack on Josh McCown who had a total of four sacks for the game and one fumble. The Raiders defense smothered McCown, he was sacked to end quarter. And again, in the fourth when he fumbled the ball.
That setup Crabtree’s third touchdown of the game. Carr found him for the 1-yard touchdown in the end zone making it a 42-13 game. But New York didn’t go quietly. McCown connected with Kearse for an 11-yard touchdown giving some hope the the Jets as they cut the lead in half.
Oakland is 2-0 for the first time since 2002, the chemistry of this team right now is almost perfect. All three phases of the game are on point from the offense, defense and special teams. For the next two weeks, the Raiders are on the road to Washington and Denver.
“You got to give to (Reggie) McKenzie and Jack (Del Rio), they did an incredible job in the offseason,” said Patterson. “Adding more fire power to this offense, we were already explosive but adding Marshawn, Jared Cook and to see the incredible things those guys do, how can you stop that?”