By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Sunday, December 8th, 2013 at 12:55 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Filed at 2-minute warning . . .
The Raiders will have to wait another year to prove they can win in the Eastern time zone after absorbing a 37-27 loss Sunday to the New York Jets Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
It was a season-high point total for New York, which came in ranked 31st in the NFL in scoring but had little trouble moving the ball against a Raiders defense that was solid a month ago but a sieve over the past two games.
The Raiders, 4-9, have three chances to exceed last season’s win total and will be underdogs in all there games _ at home against Kansas City, on the road against San Diego and at home against Denver.
Oakland has now lost 13 consecutive games in the Eastern time zone dating back to 2009.
The Jets, who snapped a three-game win streak to improve to 6-7, scored on a 25-yard touchdown pass to Geno Smith to Jeremy Kerley, a 7-yard run by Smith, a blocked punt and recovery by Antonio Allen, a 15-yard run by Chris Ivory and field goals of 41, 23 and 49 yards by Nick Folk.
The Raiders best moments came on big-yardage plays, as Marcel Reece ran 63 yards for one touchdown and Matt McGloin hit Rod Streater for a 48-yard score. Place kicker Sebastian Janikowski converted field goal attempts of 41 and 40 yards and missed from 52 yards.
Reece, playing as the lead back with Rashad Jennings sidelined with concussion symptoms, gained a career high 113 yards on 18 carries, including his touchdown run.
Oakland trailed 20-3 at halftime and never got the margin inside 10 points in the second half, with the Jets answering every Raiders score with one of their own.
Terrelle Pryor came in for one scheduled series in the first half and led the Raiders on a 58-yard drive ending in Janikowski’s 41-yard field goal.
In the battle of rookie quarterbacks, Smith got the better of McGloin, who was cheered on by three busloads of fans from his hometown of Scranton, Pa.
Smith was 16 of 25 for 219 yards with the touchdown pass and one interception. McGloin was 17 of 28 for 223 yards, two touchdodwns and an interception out of his own end zone to Ed Reed that the Jets turned into a field goal by Folk.
McGloin’s final touchdown came on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line to Mychal Rivera, by which time a light snow had begun falling and the Raiders were out of time outs.