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Raiders show immediate improvement in ability to finish on defense

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The Jets lost starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to a thumb injury on the first drive of the game when he was tackled after scrambling for 12 yards. Jets coach Todd Bowles said he has torn ligaments in his left thumb and will have an MRI tomorrow.

That led to Geno Smith making his season debut. The team’s starter entering the year, he suffered a broken jaw in the preseason when he was punched by former teammate IK Enemkpali. Smith was briefly knocked out of the game as well in the final minute after taking a big hit from Ray-Ray Armstrong, which forced Fitzpatrick to return for two plays of emergency duty.

The Raiders said the quarterback shifting didn’t affect them.

“They’re both similar,” defensive end Khalil Mack said. “We knew Fitzpatrick probably had a little bit of a stronger arm, but we knew we needed to cover the same way and cover (Brandon Marshall).”

Marshall had nine catches for 108 yards, but that came on 18 targets. Smith threw for 265 yards and two touchdowns and one interception.

Both of Smith’s touchdowns came after the Raiders took a 28-3 lead after the first drive of the third quarter. New York pulled within 14 points with 8:37 to play and got the ball three more times, but the Raiders showed a better finishing touch than last week to maintain the comfortable lead.

“I think we did a really good job finishing against a really good football team,” coach Jack Del Rio said.”

Mack appreciated the immediate second chance to close outa game after taking a big lead.

“We wanted to learn from our mistakes last week,” Mack said. “That was the focal point throughout the whole defense. We can’t let them get back in this game.”

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Jimmy Durkin

Sports writer for the Bay Area News Group, covering the Raiders.

  • The Big Banana

    Dan is a microcosm of Jets fan this Monday morning. I find it interesting. Others may or may not. If you don’t, move on. It really is that simple. Not like I posted politics.

  • Mr.Raider_81

    They almost kept him in the black hole lol

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    New post.

  • Mr.Raider_81

    Yes sir

  • ElkGRaider

    But once you have that strong core guys tend to get in line…

  • marks hair

    We have all seen him make those moves. It’s dumbfounding that he was put on defense

  • Mr.Raider_81

    Skip freebase?

  • Mr.Raider_81

    John Middlekauff– ‏@JohnMiddlekauff

    Carr’s feet/calmness inside the pocket has helped him take his game to the next level

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  • Rik-call me di…

    OH yea!!!

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    Ahoy hustlas’

  • Rik-call me di…

    I keep wanting to change my Avatar…… Not…… Till we lose…. Just a reminder Tiawon Jones my mup.. What that stands for I don’t know!! Should be most Improved player mip…

  • willy91137

    One of the talking heads on Sunday night football he said even noticed in preseason. The Raiders were going to be good what a lying sack of shift

  • Rik-call me di…

    My nephew did tell me he heard the Raiders is a team to watch out for….

  • Gdog

    Yea, a person that thinks this team can WIN THE SB this year would really hurt me if he ignored me!

  • Rik-call me di…

    I always hoped the negative bs would make the players angry…

  • Nice call Rik!

  • The Machine

    You idiots and your baseless speculation. You have no idea what the conditions were, yet here you are, spewing compete bs, just to have something to say. If you don’t really know something, don’t be a douche and pretend that you do. That is nothing more than being a low character, lying scumbag, a fake, fraud, spinster.

    Look, if you listened to the telecast yesterday, Gannon was talking about how the Raiders went to Carr for his input on receivers in the draft. They have an all inclusive thing going on here. Nothing Reggie has ever done, have ever indicated he operates as a dictator, at any point in his tenor. This is a pretty harmonious front office. All men working together toward one goal, and all you shtheads ever do is project this kind of crap at this organization to feed your foul agendas. This guys in charge, this guy is to get credit for this guy. You people are weak, and you are aholes. The Raiders are built on sound philosophy, operating under sound philosophy, its very healthy, very productive, and none of you people know the dynamic, you stop lying and pretending you do. The Raiders are no longer losers, but some of you sure are. You suck, this long standing argument sucks, knock it off.

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