EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The low point of the season arrived for the Raiders on Sunday as they absorbed a 37-27 loss to the New York Jets and were unable to stop one of the NFL's most anemic offenses.

These were the same Jets that had scored 46 points in their previous four games, were ranked 31st in scoring and had two field goals to show for the preceding eight quarters before Oakland came to town.

Quarterback Geno Smith, who hadn't completed more than nine passes in a game since October, ran and passed as he pleased as the Jets put up a season high in points against a Raiders defense that a month ago was considered the strength of the team.

Safety Charles Woodson called it "the most embarrassing performance I've ever been a part of. We all took turns messing up,'' and didn't exclude himself from the critique.

The Raiders, losers of three straight, fell to 4-9 in dropping their 13th consecutive game in the Eastern time zone.

"I don't know how to explain it,'' center Stefen Wisniewski said. "It can't be a coincidence, I guess, this many in a row. It just seems like we don't end up doing it, whether it's first half, second half, or whatever.''

Smith was 16 of 25 for 219 yards including a 25-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Kerley, and he also scored on an 8-yard run. He rushed for 50 yards on five carries as the Jets broke a three-game losing streak, improved to 6-7, and can still insert themselves into the wild-card conversation.


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"I can't pinpoint why today was the way it was, but we allowed him to be sort of great today,'' Woodson said.

The Jets rushed for 143 yards as the Raiders faded in the second half as they did against Dallas, with Chris Ivory (18 carries, 76 yards) finishing the Jets' scoring by carrying three defenders into the end zone on a 15-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Special teams also came up small as Antonio Allen blocked and recovered a punt for a touchdown for New York and Sebastian Janikowski missed a 52-yard yard field goal. The miss came in the first half following the Raiders' only takeaway, an interception by linebacker Kevin Burnett.

The Raiders were down 20-3 at halftime, getting their only points on a 41-yard Janikowski field goal off a 58-yard drive engineered by Terrelle Pryor, who replaced Matt McGloin in a pre-arranged series that was planned during the week.

In the second half, the Raiders scored with chunk plays, a 63-yard burst by running back Marcel Reece (123 yards, 19 carries) and a 48-yard pass from McGloin to Rod Streater. There was also a 40-yard field goal by Janikowski.

However, with the Jets responding to every Oakland score, the Raiders never got closer than 10 points. A McGloin to Mychal Rivera touchdown pass with 2:24 left to play accounted for the final margin.

McGloin finished 18 of 31 for 245 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, piling up most of his numbers in the second half.

Coming into the game having outscored opponents by 45 points in the first quarter -- the biggest margin in the NFL -- the Raiders were down to the Jets 10-0 after a quarter.

"Offensively, we were able to respond and come back,'' Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. "We've got to do a better job defensively of being able to stop 'em. That was an area where we thought we'd be in be in better shape for this game.''

The Raiders have three opportunities to exceed last season's win total, hosting Kansas City, visiting San Diego and closing at home against Denver. They'll be underdogs in all three games.

"We've got three games left against division opponents and if we don't come out and play well it will be embarrassing the rest of the way out,'' Woodson said. "We've got to play football regardless of what the circumstances are.''

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