"Unfortunately, every time that we got ourselves back in the ballgame by going down and scoring," Allen said, "defensively, we couldn't make it hold up."
Oakland has lost three straight overall, and 13 in a row in games played in the Eastern time zone.
"Today is as bad as we played this whole season," safety Charles Woodson said. "It was really embarrassing to be part of it. We looked like the Bad News Bears out there. I do want to give a lot of credit to our offense. They never stopped fighting and really gave us a chance to still be in the game."
After falling behind 20-3, Oakland got on the scoreboard right away in the second half as Reece zipped up the middle for a 63-yard touchdown. The Jets came right back as Smith ran for an 8-yard score.
"As an offense we settled in, made some adjustments at halftime, which was good to see," McGloin said. "We played well in the second half and competed."
"Man, we needed that in the worst way," Ryan said, "to say the least."
Smith ended a miserable stretch that included getting benched last week by throwing his first touchdown pass since Week 7. He finished 16 of 25 for 219 yards with an interception, and ran five times for 50 yards.
While not eliminated, the Raiders will need to sweep the final three games, and get a lot of help, to make the playoffs.
"We've got some tough guys on this team and I don't think guys will quit playing regardless of where we're at as a team," Woodson said.
"We wanted to get him in early in the game and then evaluate it and see how it went after that," Allen said.
Pryor led a drive capped by a 41-yard field goal by Janikowski. Then McGloin returned and, on third-and-9 from the 3, Reed got his 62nd career interception and first as a Jet to lead to a field goal.
Allen blocked Marquette King's punt, recovered it and returned it for a touchdown to put New York ahead 20-3.
McGloin, 18 of 31 for 245 yards, connected with Mychal Rivera on a 1-yard touchdown with 2:24 remaining.
"It's a loss," McGloin said. "It's frustrating, disappointing. You can say it's the experience thing, a learning process. It's just a bunch of excuses. It's another loss, at the end of the day."
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