Five observations from the Raiders' Week 12 loss to the New York Jets

The East Coast wasn't kind of the Oakland Raiders.

After handling business at home over the past three weeks, the Silver and Black fell to the New York Jets 34-3 Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium.

Following the loss, Head Coach Jon Gruden's team now sits at 6-5 with an ever-important matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs coming next weekend.

That said, here are five observations from Sunday's loss to the Jets.

1. The Raiders struck first

Following Sunday's loss to the Jets, I know it's probably pretty hard to find any positives, but believe it or not, Week 12 actually started pretty well for the Silver and Black.

After converting a pair of third downs, the team's first drive of the day stalled out, but nevertheless the Silver and Black were able to put points on the board, as Daniel Carlson connected on a 48-yard attempt.

Following the field goal, Derek Carr and Co., took a 3-0 lead, and while the Jets eventually surged back to regain the lead, and then some, once again, the Silver and Black were able to get points on their opening drive.

Now, getting any points following that initial drive proved problematic – very problematic – but Sunday's game actually started well for Derek Carr and the boys.

Give credit to the Jets' defense, they played a heck of a ballgame, but it just didn't seem like the Silver and Black's offense had its A game in New York.

2. Sam Darnold started fast…. and stayed locked in.

The second-year quarterback put together his best game of 2019 last week against the Washington Redskins and he carried that positive momentum into Sunday's clash at MetLife Stadium.

Darnold was poised and in control of the New York offense throughout the game, and his play is a big reason why the Jets have now won three games in a row.

At the end of the first quarter, he had connected on six of his seven pass attempts, and by halftime he was 12 of 17 for 168 yards, along with a rushing touchdown.

Darnold's 2019 season has been characterized by no shortage of ups and downs, but against the Raiders, the former USC Trojan very much looked like the franchise quarterback that the Jets are hoping that he can be.

By game's end, Darnold had completed 20 of his 29 attempts for 315 yards and two touchdowns, and really never seemed to be under much pressure throughout the afternoon.

3. Josh Jacobs was bottled up

We've become accustomed to watching Josh Jacobs run rampant through opposing secondaries come Sunday, but that unfortunately wasn't the case against the Jets.

To be fair, New York boasts the top run defense in the NFL, and the group unquestionably made things hard for Jacobs and the rest of the Raiders' running backs Sunday afternoon.

At the half, Jacobs had totaled just 24 rushing yards, and the Silver and Black as a whole had just 32 yards on the ground.

The 2019 Raiders are at their best when they're able to control the line of scrimmage, dominate time of possession, and lean on the run game, but things just didn't shake out that way Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium.

In total, the Silver and Black racked up just 69 yards on the ground, and Jacobs went for just 34 yards on 10 carries.

4. DC had all day

Looking at the positives, Derek Carr had ample time to operate Sunday afternoon against the Jets.

While things didn't come easily on the ground, the Silver and Black's offensive line actually performed pretty well in pass protection, giving No. 4 chances to make plays against the Jets.

That said, the New York secondary was a menace all day, forcing tough throws throughout the Week 12 affair.

Before his day came to a premature end, Carr connected on just 15 of his 27 attempts for 127 yards and an interception.

Following Carr's exodus, backup quarterback Mike Glennon went the rest of the way, completing four passes for 20 yards.

5. The Raiders didn't make life easy on themselves

Sunday is a day the Raiders would rather forget, and while the Jets were no doubt the better team at MetLife Stadium, the Silver and Black certainly didn't make things easy on themselves.

From penalties, to dropped passes, turnovers, and poor execution in all three phases of the game, the Raiders didn't look like the confident unit we've gotten used to seeing as of late.

The Raiders won't have much time to dwell on their Week 12 effort though, as they'll have to play a much better brand of football next week in Kansas City if they want to stay in the AFC playoff picture.

On to the Chiefs.

Take a look at photos from the Raiders' Week 12 game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.

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