Jets QB Josh McCown threw for his first touchdowns as a Jet in the team's 45-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
McCown was held without a passing touchdown in the season opener against the Bills, but he made up for it with two in Oakland. However, it wouldn't be enough as the Raiders racked up points in front of their hometown fans.
"We're a young group coming together," McCown told NewYorkJets.com's Eric Allen. "That's a lesson we have to learn to overcome and we'll do that. It's just part of it. It's our first time experiencing something like that as a group. It was disappointing because we battled back after a slow start, but one that we have to find a way to overcome."
It was a slow start for the Jets after Raiders QB Derek Carr hooked up with WR Michael Crabtree for two early touchdowns. The Jets would finally get on the board in the second quarter when McCown launched a 34-yard touchdown pass to his favorite receiver so far this season, Jermaine Kearse. Kearse would grab another touchdown later in the game for his first scores with the Jets as well.
"It was a matchup thing and something we had talked about during the week that we wanted to take advantage of," McCown said about his first touchdown pass. "It's a credit to Coach Morton because he talked about it. They mix man and zone, but we felt like in a third and short situation, we could get them into man and maybe take a shot. We wanted to push the ball downfield."
Other than the scoring drives, the passing game was short and limited. The 38-year-old McCown would finish the day 17-for-25 for 166 yards and two touchdowns.
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On paper, McCown had a very good game. He came away with two touchdown passes and a 113.1 quarterback rating and even contributed 31 yards on the ground. However, there were a series of mistakes that are not reflected in his passing numbers.
McCown lost a fumble, took three sacks because he held onto the ball for too long and was responsible for a delay of game penalty that forced the Jets to settle for a third quarter field goal. He also somehow failed to see a completely wide open Jeremy Kerley on 3rd-and-9 to put an end to the first drive. >> Read more about McCown and the performance of the Jets' offense in Bent's Game Analysis