EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Raiders finally got the ball to Marcel Reece because they had no other choice Sunday.
Reece carried 19 times for 123 yards, including a 63-yard touchdown bolt, and had two catches for 38 yards in the Raiders' 37-27 loss to the New York Jets.
With Rashad Jennings not cleared to play because of concussion symptoms and Darren McFadden and Jeremy Stewart back in Oakland with injuries, the only healthy backs were Reece, converted cornerback Taiwan Jones and fullback Jamize Olawale.
The 21 touches were the second-most of Reece's career, as was his yards from scrimmage total. Last season, Reece had 19 rushes for 103 yards and four catches for 90 yards against the New Orleans Saints -- also when McFadden was out because of injury.
Since the Raiders lost to the Jets, as they did to the Saints, Reece took little solace in the numbers.
"None of those stats matter if we lose,'' Reece said. "It's irrelevant. It's disappointing. We work too hard to have an outcome like this.''
Reece, whose previous long run from scrimmage was 31 yards last season, got the Raiders started in the second half with his 63-yard bolt to close the deficit to 20-10.
"I thought he did a nice job of running the football,'' Allen said. "I'll have to go back and look and see exactly how well he played.''
On his first runs from scrimmage since 2011, Jones had two rushes for 3 yards.
"We made a couple of mistakes in the beginning of the game, and if we don't make those mistakes, you never know what will happen,'' Streater said. "You see how we played on offense. We are right there. We just have to cut down on our mistakes.''
"Offensively, that's as about as good as we've been all season,'' Jets coach Rex Ryan said.
Allen conceded the Raiders defense is worn down -- something he also said after the Thanksgiving Day loss to Dallas -- but still expects better.
"We've got to go out and we've got to tackle and we've got to do the things we have to do to get off the field,'' Allen said.
After the missed kick, the Jets drove 58 yards for a touchdown, with Smith hitting a leaping Jeremy Kerley against Tracy Porter.
"Those are ones we expect him to make, and that's something we've got to look at going forward, because those are momentum builders and momentum killers,'' Allen said. "We thought field-goal position was going to be a critical factor, and when you give them field position there at the 42-yard line, that can be a big factor in the game.''