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Grading the Raiders from Sunday’s loss to Broncos

Here’s how the Raiders graded out in Sunday’s 37-6 loss to the Denver Broncos, according to beat writer Jerry McDonald:

Pass offense

Carson Palmer (19 of 34, 204 yards) did some good things early on but found himself increasingly under pressure as the Broncos expanded their lead and couldn’t convert in the red zone. Threw his best deep ball of the season — a 37-yard sideline strike to Denarius Moore and a couple of nice screens. Grade: C-plus

Rush offense

Darren McFadden gained 15 yards on his first three carries, a promising start that went nowhere. He finished with 34 yards on 13 carries. The longest gain went to Mike Goodson on a 13-yard run. The Raiders needed to run to keep Denver’ s pass rush at bay and failed. Grade: F

Pass defense

Target practice, fish in a barrel, pitch-and-catch, use any descriptive clichés you want and that’s what Peyton Manning did to the Raiders defense. He completed 30 of 38 passes to eight different receivers for 338 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, had zero pressure. It all looked so easy. Grade: F

Run defense

Denver’s no-huddle offense set a tempo the Raiders simply couldn’t match, and it showed up in the Broncos running game, which got progressively better as the game went on. Willis McGahee gained 119 yards on 19 carries and Ronnie Hillman, who had just eight yards on three touches coming in, had 31 yards on 10 attempts. Grade: D-minus

Special teams

A deflected punt by David Bruton, who got far enough inside Brandon Myers and made a perfectly timed leap, led to a short field Denver touchdown. Taiwan Jones had two nice stops on punt returns of Jim Leonhard but later got a face mask penalty. Punt returns? That would mean the Broncos actually punted. They didn’t. Grade C-minus

Coaching

The Raiders had all the reason in the world to come out in the second half ready to play, trailing just 10-6 when it could have been 20-3 and unraveled. Three-and-outs followed by Denver touchdowns. Sorry, but can’t agree with Dennis Allen’s “compete until the end” stance with Carson Palmer. He needed the hook for his health. Grade: F

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  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Thec Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:05 pm
    lefty12 Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:03 pm
    It was refreshing to see 55 replaced yesterday.Too bad it didn’t happen sooner or for good.

    +++++

    Could of cut 55 2 weeks ago.

    ===========================================

    I’d stopped paying attention by then. Who did we replace McChump with? Goethel? And was there any noticeable improvement?

  • Dakota

    Nyraider, had al Davis not signed Michael huff to a 4 year 32 million dollar deal in 2011, then Reggie would not have had to restructure huff’s deal. Do you understand that?

  • Thec

    DMAC Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:04 pm
    McBuiscuits is a joke!
    Bring back Wauffle and bacon while we’re at it!

    +++++++++

    Don’t forget the prime rib Bones.

  • dr_robert

    i’ve been telling u guys for months that mcclain was the worst mlb in football. now it seems finally people are seeing it.

    let’s see. worst mlb, worst corners in football, poor o-line, tentative rb, below average wr’s. looks like a 4-10 season.

    this sucks.

  • r8eray

    DMAC Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:04 pm
    McBuiscuits is a joke!
    Bring back Wauffle and bacon while we’re at it!

    ======

    Where is Wauffle coaching at?

  • Thec

    Dakota, man if you were in the SD area I would buy you a few rounds. you seem mighty pissed Bruh.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    The Oakland Raiders are the only team in the NFL to actually lose the game before it even begins

  • http://www.insidebayarea.com/raiders Silverandblack666

    “MikieG Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:04 pm
    If you would have swapped QB’s for the game and gave us Manning and given them Palmer the results would have been the exact same thing. The problem isn’t the QB..Its the Defensive Backfield, and the Offensive Running Scheme as well as the D-Line gets no pressure, and the Offensive line likes to imitate turnstiles from time to time.

    Our coaching, and creativity is about as predictable and boring as it can possibly get. We are in for a LONG 4 years kids.”

    Most sense able post I have read IN HERE today!

    Nice Post!

  • MikieG

    theghostronin79 Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    We were allready 8-8, now we go into full on rebuild, and reset the team, why?

    ==========

    It doesn’t even matter anymore man. The damage is done. I don’t even know what their “Vision” is….We don’t have an identity anymore either. To “Hope” for, or even expect good things this year is ludicrous.
    I have moved along in the greiving process and I’m somewhere in the “Acceptance” stage right now.
    I was in denial, and hit the RAGE portion, went through bargaining…”Well, if they demote Knapp…If they switch back to power scheme…If, If, maybe.”

    We aren’t even at Ground Zero yet. They’re still making evaluations right now. This offseason, we’ll see the REAL shockwave as the roster gets leveled. Next year will REALLY be like year #1……
    +++++++++++

    Its like somebody else said in here a week or so ago. Were stuck in a 16 game pre-season mode right now. Everyone is getting “Evaluated”….evaluated dudes…this is the NFL and were still EVALUATING people to see who is going to still be here NEXT YEAR!

    WTF Happened to THIS YEAR???????

    F’ this ZBS, it SUCKS! Coaches are preaching patience?? PATIENCE?? We have been PATIENT for a freakin DECADE MAN! Screw you KNAPP and your PATIENCE Mantra!

  • Priesttj12

    $$ never stopped Mr Davis from getting players the coaches wanted so quit the whining.

  • dr_robert

    my kids were getting baptized yesterday, so i was only able to see some of the game. after seeing the result, i dumped the game from my dvr. don’t even wanna watch what i missed.

    this sucks.

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    Thanks for thee update Cork! I agree 100% with your grades. We were awful! I think the womens roller derby team could have suited up and played better and tougher than my Raiders played yesterday. I still Love my Raiders but something must to change and I believe it will. What a mess.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    eastoaklandraider Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    guys the numbers speak for themselves

    5-9 as the starter, 2-4 in the division 18 picks in 14 starts

    I didnt make this up it is documented fact.

    dont be upset with me because i told you this is what would would happen
    —————-

    No they dont, he came off the couch last year remember that? and now he is in an O that doesnt suit him playing behinh an oline that has regressed. your precious stats dont mean crap.
    ================

    you can offer up excuses until the cows come home folks, but the ugly fat remain.

    palmer has not played well, nor has he delivered what everyone said he would.

    last year it was rust, this year its the system. Its never him, even though he is the common denominator?

    palmer sucks in silver and black, the numbers and game film back up my position.

  • YoungAmerican

    if Clowney is there take him fck everything else.

    ===============================

    I’m not sure Clowney is even draft eligible until 2014.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    r8eray Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:07 pm
    DMAC Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:04 pm
    McBuiscuits is a joke!
    Bring back Wauffle and bacon while we’re at it!

    ======

    Where is Wauffle coaching at?

    —-

    STL with Bones I believe..

  • http://InsidetheOaklandRaiders Goldie7

    error….something must change

  • Kirk

    How different would our team be if we had picked Calvin Johnson instead of Jamarcus Russell?

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Oakland Raiders: Johnathan Hankins, NT, Ohio State
    Tommy Kelly is a bum who doesn’t care about winning, as evidenced when he laughed after prolonging a San Diego drive with a pair of offside penalties. He’s played so sluggishly this year, so there’s no chance he’s going to see a penny of his $6.5 million salary in 2013. He’s as good as gone, and if I were Dennis Allen, I’d cut him ASAP.

    It’s a tough choice between Johnathan Hankins and Star Lotulelei. Hankins had a monstrous performance against California and might be inches ahead of the Utah prospect.

    From walter football lol regardin our 2013 draft pick

  • Thec

    I bet huge is laugh up a storm right about know.

    Greg Knapp…ROFLHBAO…

  • lefty12

    Who did we replace McChump with? Goethel? And was there any noticeable improvement?
    =======================
    At least Goethel tried to get in on tackles instead of getting paid to be a spectator.So I’d say yes,there was a tremendous amount of improvement.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Kirk Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:10 pm
    How different would our team be if we had picked Calvin Johnson instead of Jamarcus Russell?

    —-

    Oh man, we’re doing that again..

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Special teams

    A deflected punt by David Bruton, who got far enough inside Brandon Myers and made a perfectly timed leap, led to a short field Denver touchdown. Taiwan Jones had two nice stops on punt returns of Jim Leonhard but later got a face mask penalty. Punt returns? That would mean the Broncos actually punted. They didn’t. Grade C-minus

    ________________________________

    Based on your C- grade for our special teams unit…..Steve….you have no business grading anything…

    PERIOD

  • inonewordraider

    palmer sucks in silver and black, the numbers and game film back up my position
    ____________________________
    so why were you telling us how great he was last week?

  • Thec

    Bones is in STL?

  • eastoaklandraider

    you want a pass rush draft clowney.

  • TailGaterRaider

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:08 pm
    The Oakland Raiders are the only team in the NFL to actually lose the game before it even begins
    ____________

    Thats how they game plan. We got genious ability to game plan. We look at the cheese but don’t see the trap.

  • https://twitter.com/Albert_B_Paine Albert Bigelow Paine

    Nyraider Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 1:50 pm
    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 1:45 pm
    I’d rather have marquese pope,anthony dorsett and Derrick Gibson over Michelle huff and Tyke Branch and Monique Mitchell
    —————-
    be careful reggie spent big bucks keeping huff and branch. all the reggie lovers will tell you it was the caps fault not his own brain making that decision.
    ——-
    Al payed Huff. Reggie should have just cut Branch.

  • Kirk

    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:11 pm
    Kirk Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:10 pm
    How different would our team be if we had picked Calvin Johnson instead of Jamarcus Russell?

    —-

    Oh man, we’re doing that again..

    ……………………………………………

    I really think that was the defining moment.

  • Thec

    backstageatapuppetshow, does Reggie get 3 years?

  • Dakota

    Priest, al Davis as gm put together dog Schyt teams for
    Nearly a decade, and had very little success for a quarter century! Please spit his leathery nut sack out of your mouth.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    YoungAmerican Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:09 pm
    if Clowney is there take him fck everything else.

    ===============================

    I’m not sure Clowney is even draft eligible until 2014.

    ==================================================

    He’s not listed anywhere in DraftCountdown.com’s mock draft.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    Thec Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:11 pm
    Bones is in STL?

    —-

    Yep.

  • The Oracle

    If Al Davis was alive, Cuach Allen would be unemployed today for his happy reaction at midfield among his enemies and defeated men.

    Skype that!

  • Kirk

    Dakota Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:12 pm
    Priest, al Davis as gm put together dog Schyt teams for
    Nearly a decade, and had very little success for a quarter century! Please spit his leathery nut sack out of your mouth.

    ………………………………………….

    Exactly.

  • https://twitter.com/Albert_B_Paine Albert Bigelow Paine

    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:11 pm
    Kirk Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:10 pm
    How different would our team be if we had picked Calvin Johnson instead of Jamarcus Russell?

    —-

    Oh man, we’re doing that again..
    ——-
    Since Calvin Johnson would have nobody to get him the ball, probably not all that different.

  • DennisAllensVisor

    And YES. Mike Waufle is in STL too..

  • hendu

    Thec, agree, Let Saunders have the two weeks to junk the zbs, call plays that Work for this team. Heck, two years of 8 and 8 doesnt sound bad now, NO?

  • lefty12

    Tailgaterraider-yes we did get beat by a better team.Difficult to admit but it is true.

  • zopi

    After the game on the Raiders post-game show, both Romo and LoNeal blasted the Raiders for lacking talent to compete in the NFL, obviously without naming anyone. Now, those are mighty harsh words, true they were said right after an embarrassing loss, but under all that drivel there lies a lot of truth.
    How could that be, top paid players in both offense and defense, a supposedly “elite” qb and allegedly the best rb in the league (so the fan base and Corky believe) and a top pro-bowl DT, and the Raiders still can compete in the NFL. What have the Raiders turned into? The west coast bungles? Believe it, when you have captain bungle at the helm, that’s what you’ll get.
    But, obviously not much coaching talent either, for one the head case, err coach, is a robot that can figure out left from right, who believes in a moronic offensive scheme, and what about the DC? Had this been Chucky Bresnahan, we would be all over this moron.

  • TailGaterRaider

    Priesttj12 Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:08 pm
    $$ never stopped Mr Davis from getting players the coaches wanted so quit the whining.
    __________________

    Mr Davis would be livid if he could see what RegMac and Allen are doing to this team.

  • Thec

    DennisAllensVisor Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:13 pm
    Thec Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:11 pm
    Bones is in STL?

    —-

    Yep.

    ++++++++

    thats an issue with the NFL.

    It becomes the good ole boy network. Bring in ya homies, stuff like that.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    lets see, i was right about newton and rgIII.

    I have been touting geno smith and ej manual as this draft class, best qbs

    still think i dont know what im talking about?

    big mck if you dont believ in pryor, get us one of those two guys

    palmer is finished

  • dr_robert

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:09 pm
    eastoaklandraider Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    guys the numbers speak for themselves

    5-9 as the starter, 2-4 in the division 18 picks in 14 starts

    I didnt make this up it is documented fact.

    dont be upset with me because i told you this is what would would happen
    —————-

    No they dont, he came off the couch last year remember that? and now he is in an O that doesnt suit him playing behinh an oline that has regressed. your precious stats dont mean crap.
    ================

    you can offer up excuses until the cows come home folks, but the ugly fat remain.

    palmer has not played well, nor has he delivered what everyone said he would.

    last year it was rust, this year its the system. Its never him, even though he is the common denominator?

    palmer sucks in silver and black, the numbers and game film back up my position.

    ****************

    mistic, honestly u are an idiot. last week ur telling us how good palmer is.

    get it thru ur stupid racist mind, palmer isn’t the problem. he’s been the best raider so far.

    let’s ask a really simple question. what do u think of mcclain? who’s better? mcclain or goethel? lemme guess, mcclain is being unfairly criticized and needs more opportunity, better scheme, etc. right? ur act is so ignorant, it boggles the mind.

    go read a black panther book.

  • inonewordraider

    Mistic how good would this team be with some of your ultra athletic faves Mike Vick or Troy Smith?

  • eastoaklandraider

    YoungAmerican Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:09 pm
    if Clowney is there take him fck everything else.

    ===============================

    I’m not sure Clowney is even draft eligible until 2014.
    ————–

    Clowney is a soph. you can come out after your soph year right? didnt Knowshon Moreno do it?

  • https://twitter.com/Albert_B_Paine Albert Bigelow Paine

    I’d rather see the Raiders go 3-13 than 8-8 again. At least Reggie could get some good draft picks.

  • The Oracle

    I would have rather had our CB’s play bump and run then get beat than play 8 yards off to sustain drives. That would be the Raider way, die trying.

  • lefty12

    If Kenny Stabler was still 28,if Cliff Branch was still 28,if ,if,if.Stop with the ifs.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    still preaching the money thing…thick skulls…it never stopped al from
    getting players….

  • TailGaterRaider

    We dont have inferior players who can’t compete. We have inferior coaches who get outsmarted.

    They cant see the trap cause the cheese looks awfully tasty.