EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Chris Ivory burst through a few tackle attempts for a 71-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter, and the New York Jets' defense clamped down on Oakland rookie quarterback Derek Carr in a 19-14 victory Sunday.
With still a one-score game, Ivory rushed up the middle and appeared stopped, but slipped a few would-be tacklers on his way to the end zone. A 2-point conversion failed, but the Jets held on to win their season opener.
Geno Smith threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Chris Johnson as the Jets sent the Raiders to their 14th straight loss in the Eastern time zone.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan chimed in the win, adding a jab of his own.
"We knew they said they were going to push us around," Ryan said. "We held them to only 152 yards of offense and they gave up 214 of yards rushing."
He credited the fans with the win for giving out so much support.
"The fans played better than we did," Ryan said. "We racked up over 400 yards of offense and they gave up 214 yards of rushing."
Carr held his own in the first half, but the Jets pressured him throughout the final two quarters. He finished 20 of 32 for 151 yards and touchdown throws to Rod Streater and James Jones.
The Jets have very little time to savor this victory; their cornerbacks have a long week to prepare for one of the most potent offenses in the NFL, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
Report by Dyrol Joyner.