EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Dennis Allen was irked by several failures in his Oakland Raiders' latest defeat: a slow start, turnovers and shaky special teams.
The biggest culprit was the defense, especially in the second half when the Raiders tried to mount a comeback in the New York Jets' 37-27 victory Sunday.
"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 Raiders vs. New York Jets
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Rod Streater runs while scoring on a touchdown catch on a pass from quarterback Matt McGloin. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Rod Streater gestures while scoring on a touchdown catch on a pass from quarterback Matt McGloin during the second half against the New York Jets, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
New York Jets outside linebacker Calvin Pace (97) closes in moments before sacking Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin (14) during the second half. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
An Oakland Raiders fan watches during the first half. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski (11) tries for an onside kick against the New York Jets. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Oakland Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera, front, is tackled by New York Jets strong safety Dawan Landry. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
New York Jets inside linebacker DeMario Davis (56) tries to tackle Oakland Raiders fullback Marcel Reece (45) as Oakland Raiders tackle Jared Veldheer (68) and New York Jets outside linebacker Quinton Coples (98) move in. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
New York Jets running back Chris Ivory (33) gets by the tackle attempts of Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Sio Moore (55) and free safety Charles Woodson (24) during a touchdown run. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)
New York Jets running back Chris Ivory, center, is hit by Oakland Raiders cornerback Mike Jenkins (21) and cornerback Tracy Porter (23) as he dives into the end zone on a touchdown run. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin (14) tries to run away from the New York Jets defense. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Rod Streater (80) and wide receiver Andre Holmes (18) celebrate Streater's touchdown catch. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Greg Jenkins (10) meets with New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
A week after being benched, rookie Geno Smith threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score as the Jets (6-7) set a season high for points and stopped a three-game skid against the leaky Raiders defense.
Matt McGloin threw two touchdown passes for the Raiders (4-9) and fullback Marcel Reece, starting because Oakland was down three injured running backs, had a 63-yard touchdown run.
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.
McGloin connected with Rod Streater on a 48-yard touchdown pass on a ball threaded between Ed Reed and Antonio Cromartie, who smacked into each other that made it 27-17 in the third quarter.