Oakland Raiders opened the home season with a big victory over the New York Jets. More importantly they show they have what it takes to rebound from a tough loss.
Darren McFadden ran for a career high 171 yards on 19 carries, including a career long 70 yard touchdown that got the Raiders going in a 34-24 victory in-front of a sold-out O.co coliseum for the Raiders home opener.
The Raiders, who advance to 2-1 for the first time since 2004, used the running game to stop a defense that's know for stopping the run. McFadden was a true workhorse for most of the afternoon. The Raiders ended the day with rushing 234 yards on 32 attempts.
The game opened with a five play, 76 yard drive in which the Raiders marched down the field with Jason Campbell connecting to the debuting Brandon Boss for a big play. McFadden would run in easily from two yards out to give the Raiders a 7-0 lead.
The offense became quiet on the next three drives, all three and outs, and a ten play drive that resulted in a missed field goal by Seabastian Janikowski. The Jets would take advantage of poor defensive play as Mark Sanchez hit LaDainion Tomlinson on a 74 yard screen pass. Tomlinson had 154 total yards in the game. Sanchez scored on a one yard run to tie the game. The Jets would increase the lead to 14-7 in the second quarter on an 18 yard touchdown pass to a wide open Tomlinson. Nick Folk would add a 21-yard field goal to make it 17-7. That would be the last time the Jets would score until the fourth quarter.
Raiders got back on the board on a three play, 85 yard drive that was capped off by a 70 yard touchdown run by McFadden to cut the Jets lead. After forcing the Jets into a punt, the Raiders again drove the ball down field performing a great two minute drill to milk 51 yards on ten plays. Seabass, would hit a 54 yard kick to tie the game 17-17 at halftime.
The third quarter was back and fourth punts until the Jets put together a nice drive marching to Oakland's 37 yardline. But incompletions on 3rd and 4th and two stopped the drive cold. Sanchez was abused by the Raider defense in the second half. Being sacked four times in the game.
The Raiders started the following drive with a a 13 yard pass by Jason Campbell to Darrick Haggan. McFadden followed suit like he did most of the day with a 27 yard run play that was meant to be a halfback pass. Rookie Wide Reciever Denarius Moore capped the drive with a 23 yard touchdown on a reverse. The Raiders had a 24-17 lead at this point. And they put the game away on the insuing kickoff.
Antonio Cromartie, who was getting beaten badly on defense for most of the afternoon, muffed the kickoff. He fumbled the ball after picking it up. Tewan Jones recovered the ball at the 13 yard line. After a 12 yard run by McFadden, Michael Bush took the ball in from one yard out to start the fourth quarter. The Raiders scored 14 points in 42 seconds and the Jets could not catch up.
Sanchez found Plaxico Burress for a late touchdown. But Janikowski drove home a late field goal to all but put the game out of reach. Sanchez would drive the Jets down the field one last time. And on fourth and goal, Sanchez thought he had scored another running touchdown on fourth and goal with 47 seconds left. But review of the play showed his knee was down and Sanchez was inches short of the goal line. Sanchez would finish the day with 369 yards and 2 TDs and 1 INT.
Campbell, who was 18/27 for 156, downed the ball and the Raiders are 2-1 for the first time since 2004.
Player of the Game: Darren McFadden is the player of the game. 19 carries for 171 yards (career high) and a pair of touchdowns including the 70 yard run that got the offense going again. McFadden has 393 yards rushing this season, leading the NFL.
This week RaiderNation, welcomes Tom Brady back to the black hole! Raiders will meet the New England Patriots, who are coming of the same feeling we had when we lost to Buffalo in Week two. Both teams are 2-1 heading into the game. Patriots are a four point favorite for the game this Sunday.