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Raiders, Woodson collar Jacksonville 19-9

Published: Monday, Sep. 16, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Monday, Sep. 16, 2013 - 12:44 am

OAKLAND – As Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew swept around left end, apparently headed for the corner of the end zone and a touchdown, Raiders safety Charles Woodson hurdled a lineman, grabbed Jones-Drew around the neck and dragged him down 4 yards shy of the goal line.

"You know," the 36-year-old Woodson said, "sometimes you've got to leave your feet."

The play, on a second and goal from the Raiders' 7-yard line, helped hold the Jaguars to a field goal on a second-quarter drive that ate up nearly six minutes. Their next first down wouldn't come until just over three minutes remained in the fourth quarter.

The Raiders' defense clamped down on backup quarterback Chad Henne and the Jaguars' quick-tempo offense, and Oakland turned Marcel Reece's early touchdown run and four field goals from Sebastian Janikowski into a 19-9 win at O.co Coliseum.

A maligned Jaguars offense already missing quarterback Blaine Gabbert also lost Jones-Drew to an ankle injury in the second quarter and totaled 248 yards – more than half of which came on two last-ditch drives in the fourth quarter. The Raiders allowed just 34 yards on the ground and sacked Henne five times.

"For the most part, we did our job as a team collectively," Woodson said. "And we beat a team I felt like we were supposed to beat, and that's a step in the right direction."

The Jaguars were one of two teams with fewer wins (two) than the Raiders (four) in 2012, and early season expectations are high for neither team. Still, the Raiders seemed to control most of a game in which head coach Dennis Allen said they "did some good things" but were "sloppy" overall.

"This football team needed to win a football game, so that does a lot for the confidence of this football team," Allen said.

Allen credited the defense with setting the tone after the Raiders won the coin toss and elected to defer.

Oakland forced a three-and-out, cornerback Philip Adams returned Bryan Anger's ensuing punt to the Jacksonville 38-yard line, and the Raiders drove the rest of that distance in five plays, culminating in an 11-yard touchdown run by Reece.

It was the Raiders' first touchdown on an opening possession since the final game of the 2011 season. They scored just once on their opening drive last year, on a field goal.

"That's something we talk a lot about is trying to start fast," Allen said. "We were able to do that."

The rest of the afternoon was not so efficient. The Raiders amassed 226 rushing yards – including 129 from Darren McFadden on 19 carries, McFadden's 13th career 100-yard game – and reached the red zone four more times but settled for field-goal attempts.

Quarterback Terrelle Pryor, a week after his 112-yard rushing performance against Indianapolis, carried nine times for 50 yards. Pryor said he felt the Colts game "absolutely" factored into McFadden's rushing total Sunday, and McFadden agreed.

"Knowing that you have to defend him going around the edge, a couple plays they left the middle wide open and I was able to get up in there and get some big runs out of it," McFadden said.

His longest was a 30-yard run on the Raiders' first drive in the second half that set up a 30-yard Janikowski field goal, giving Oakland a 13-3 lead.

Two of their next three drives also ended in 29-yard field goals by Janikowski, who hit from 46 yards in the first quarter after missing his first attempt from 35 yards. The miss snapped a streak of 54 successful attempts by Janikowski from 40 yards or less.

The Jaguars broke their first-down drought with 3:10 left in the game on a 30-yard pass from Henne to Ace Sanders. Three plays later, Henne connected with Clay Harbor for a 13-yard touchdown, but he overthrew his receiver on the two-point attempt and Oakland recovered the ensuing onside kick.

That virtually secured Pryor's first win as an NFL starter. While the Raiders flashed different offensive looks – including the read-option with Pryor – they didn't ask Pryor to do much with his arm.

Pryor completed 15 of 24 passes for 126 yards and no touchdowns, though he also had no interceptions a week after throwing two against the Colts.

"The defense was shutting their offense down and we were running the ball well, so as a quarterback there was not a lot of opportunity," Pryor said. "But at the end of the day, we got a win, we're 1-1, and that's all that really matters to me."

Call The Bee's Matt Kawahara, (916) 321-1015.

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