Nothing about the result of the NY Jets-Las Vegas Raiders game was particularly shocking. It was low-scoring and generally ugly from an offensive execution standpoint. Despite a resilient New York defense, the end zone completely eluded their offense in a 16-12 loss in Las Vegas.
The Jets found a different way to write a similar narrative about their scoring woes. They now have a 36-drive streak without a touchdown. With 11 drives at 5.8 yards per play and 365 total yards, it’s a statistical anomaly only to kick four field goals.
Both of tight end C.J. Uzomah’s holding penalties occurred in plus territory on run plays. Garrett Wilson’s reverse carry of 11 yards was called back.
Breece Hall had a touchdown taken off the board by Uzomah holding defensive end Maxx Crosby. The Jets have been flagged at least seven times in the last six games. Sunday’s eight penalties amounted to 83 yards.
C.J. Mosely led the defense with 14 tackles, five of them were solo. Jordan Whitehead was second on the team with nine tackles. Raiders tight end Michael Mayer caught an unlikely touchdown pass with Whitehead in narrow coverage. Mayer’s 6-foot-5 frame stretched above the 5-foot-10 Whitehead for the only touchdown of the night.
The NY Jets once again relied on their defense to bail them out
This was another instance of the Jets' defense needing to play perfectly to help secure a victory. Raiders rookie Aidan O’Connell completed 16 of 27 passes for just 153 yards. The Raiders converted 5-for-15 on third down, but they were 2-for-2 on fourth down.
The Jets had an opportunity to take the lead in the waning minutes. Raiders linebacker Robert Spillane easily intercepted Zach Wilson with 1:14 remaining. Wilson didn’t manipulate the defense with footwork and telegraphed the intended pass to Allen Lazard.
To add insult to injury, Wilson made a precise Hail Mary attempt as time expired. The pass could’ve been caught by Garrett Wilson, but Tyler Conklin accidentally broke up the pass in an attempt to catch it.
New York is outside of the hunt for the wild card. Next week’s game will be at Buffalo in what appears to be a spoiler scenario. ESPN analytics has the Jets at a three percent to reach the playoffs. Those odds are 58 percent for Buffalo entering Week 10.