The New York Jets were seconds away from winning their first game in 344 days, but they collapsed in epic fashion Sunday against the Las Vegas Raiders.
The Jets allowed a 46-yard touchdown pass with five seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, as rookie cornerback Lamar Jackson was beat deep by rookie wide receiver Henry Ruggs III to give the Raiders a 31-28 victory at MetLife Stadium.
Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams called an all-out blitz on third down, a risky gamble that backfired. Jackson, an undrafted free agent, had no deep help on the play.
The Jets fell to 0-12, tying the longest losing streak in franchise history. The silver lining is they maintained the pole position in the race for the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL draft. The prize could be Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the presumptive top pick.
Current quarterback Sam Darnold played his best game of the season, throwing for two touchdowns and running for one. The Jets rallied from a 24-13 deficit and took a 28-24 lead on Ty Johnson’s 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.