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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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  • dr_robert

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:14 pm
    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

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

    now, ur just a plain liar. last week, u were saying how good palmer was and how bad newton was playing. clearly, u were trying to cover for urself and go with what was obvious. now u act like u never said it.

    liar and racist.

  • Thec

    hendu Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:14 pm
    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?

    +++++++++

    doesnt sound bad however, I am not sure we can make 8-8.
    with the talent, and the org set, we are stuck.

    8-8 would equal a dream sequence. We would have to go 7-5 the rest of the way.

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

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:14 pm
    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
    ——–
    The jury is still out on Newton. Russel Wilson isn’t playing so great.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    inonewordraider Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    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?
    ====================

    i didnt say he was great i did acknowledge his best game as a raider though.

    When he plays good football he deserves credit for it, he has hasnt done it very often in a raider uniform.

    he hasnt delivered the goods, nad his constant sideline tantrums are wearing thin.

    captain bungles is a loser, just like i told you he would be

  • inonewordraider

    lets see, i was right about newton and rgIII.
    _______________________
    MOST ppl thought RGIII would be very good so no credit earned there. Newton was drafted #1, but lot of doubters so you get kudos there. what about Troy Smith and Mike Vick? you said they’d b great qb’s, are you going to deny them now?

  • The Oracle

    The best thing for the Raiders to do is strip Knapp of play-calling and handing it to Saunders. That seems the only was to avoid a boycott of tickets for home games.

    The clock is ticking….

  • Dakota

    Thanks thec, I need a round or two

  • TailGaterRaider

    The jury is still out on Newton. Russel Wilson isn’t playing so great.

    ___________

    There’s rumbling in seattle for Flynn. The Seattle Chokehawks may have a good D, and a O-line, but their 2-2 and the latte sippers are cryin in their lattes.

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

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:16 pm
    still preaching the money thing…thick skulls…it never stopped al from
    getting players….
    —–
    Yeah, and look where that left us. We have no depth because Al mortgaged the future with desperate signings.

  • Thec

    Dakota Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:19 pm
    Thanks thec, I need a round or two

    +++++++++

    I feel ya pain somewhat Bruh, as you got to see it live, upclose, and in person.

    Next 7 rounds are on me.

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

    Flynn > Wilson

  • dr_robert

    i, for one, will not go to a game as long as mcclain is the mlb.

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Reggie’s GM record.

    1-3

  • Dakota

    Yep, al always found money to sign guys like j walker, g Wilson, t Kelly, sapp, huff, routt, Larry brown, Desmond Howard and on and on…he was a great gm for sure!

  • TailGaterRaider

    The Oracle Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:19 pm
    The best thing for the Raiders to do is strip Knapp of play-calling and handing it to Saunders. That seems the only was to avoid a boycott of tickets for home games.

    The clock is ticking….

    _________________

    We have a winner! Rmac and Allen, get with the program. If you give Saunders the OC, you will get wins. Players are pros, they can adjust mid season to Saunders. Do it! Now is the time.

  • No Mas Diamante

    dr_robert Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:07 pm
    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.
    *****************************
    4-10 sounds a bit optimistic at this point.

  • The Oracle

    Why didn’t we sign Aaron Berry? Oh yeah, he has some personal mistakes…BFD.

    Oh and how does CB Chris Johnson look now? I wonder if his head is on straight and he is in shape. Why not?!

  • MiamiRaider78

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:16 pm
    I’d rather see the Raiders go 3-13 than 8-8 again. At least Reggie could get some good draft picks.
    ————
    As much as it hurts to see this team re-regress (is that possible) I’d have to agree with you.

    How the hell did we re-regress?

    Because we put a lawnmower engine in a race car (our offense) and asked an ice cream truck driver (Knapp) to drive it.

    Defense is just crap and we need to move on from the players that have been here and exposed to the losing/carrousel coaching changes, diseaseof the past years.

  • Priesttj12

    lefty12 Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:11 pm
    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.
    ************************************************
    Lefty12 I know this wont matter to many and maybe eve you. But the kid twisted the same ankle from last year he needs to sit down until it’s better because this year Goethel is healthy and can man that position. Last year Ro played on that ankle and his knee.

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    If I see 1 more screen pass behind the LOS Im going to bust something.

    HEAR ME KNAPP?

  • dr_robert

    sorry, it’s not 1974. not 4-10. i meant 4-12.

    we already have 1 win, so only 3 to go. not sure if we can get there though.

  • Just Win Baby

    You people keep forgetting how awesome our punter is. We will not lose again this season.

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    tj,
    RO is a AL pick so why isn’t Reggie sitting him? Oh Goethel is AL’s too! haha
    ______

    Priesttj12 Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Lefty12 I know this wont matter to many and maybe eve you. But the kid twisted the same ankle from last year he needs to sit down until it’s better because this year Goethel is healthy and can man that position. Last year Ro played on that ankle and his knee

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    NO joke KNAPP should not be OC anymore. Doesnt the Raiders have like Records like “the books” how does REGGIE not know KNAPP was here already b4 in 07 and sucked.

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

    Hopefully McClain will go to jail or get suspended.

  • Thec

    Lefty12 I know this wont matter to many and maybe eve you. But the kid twisted the same ankle from last year he needs to sit down until it’s better because this year Goethel is healthy and can man that position. Last year Ro played on that ankle and his knee.

    +++++++++

    Makes a big diffrence TJ. If McClain is hurt, we should know that he is manning up, and playing hurt however, he appears to lack talent, and desire.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    inonewordraider Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    lets see, i was right about newton and rgIII.
    _______________________
    MOST ppl thought RGIII would be very good so no credit earned there. Newton was drafted #1, but lot of doubters so you get kudos there. what about Troy Smith and Mike Vick? you said they’d b great qb’s, are you going to deny them now?
    dr_robert Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    now, ur just a plain liar. last week, u were saying how good palmer was and how bad newton was playing. clearly, u were trying to cover for urself and go with what was obvious. now u act like u never said it.

    liar and racist..

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

    newton has been uneven but he bounced back yesterday and looked like the old cam from last year.

    I have no problem admitting when a player i like is struggling, unlike many here. Nor do i have a problem giving palmer credit for a good performance, even if they are rare like big foot sightings.

    By the way you guys do know that eagle 7 is now 3-1 and tied for the division lead. You are awre that eagle 7 is responsible for 2 game winning drives this year against baltimore and the giants right?

    I would take eagle 7 over palmer right now and twice on sunday, he leads wins plamer has not.

    correction people jumped on the rgIII hype afer he was in the lead for the Heisman, but i told you about him when he was a freshman. Until he was invited to ny, most people said he couldnt play in the nfl.

    revisionist history is very funny

  • John David Booty

    7th round, we are sitting in the “war room”, on the clock. Does Al Davis take Nathan Stupar or Vontaze Burfict. Talk about Al’s first round busts all you want, rounds 3 and up, Al was gold a lot of times. In all fairness, every team let Burfict slide, but I cant help but feel like Al would not have. And certainly not for Nathan Stupar. Id love to see Burfict in S&B right now. Bengals are loaded at LB and still brought him in, and hes producing for them. Meanwhile, we have……not Nathan Stupar anymore.

    Seriously, the Oakland Raiders drafted Nathan Stupar. I know Im knitpicking right now. Just saying. The writing has been on the wall. I realize more and more that I was an Al Davis Raiders fan, and Im OK with that. This team organization isnt my team. And when they start winning at some point, probably in a couple to few years, it will be an entirely different organization and spirit, one which is completely different from the brand of football I grew up on. Heres to you, Nathan Stupar.

  • Priesttj12

    The first game of the year is more representative of what Rolando can do, That was the only full game he was healthy unfortunately fans couldn’t care less.

  • Thec

    Because we put a lawnmower engine in a race car (our offense) and asked an ice cream truck driver (Knapp) to drive it.

    +++++++++

    ROFLMAO…..RAIDERS we officially have the quote of the day.

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

    Can we start calling McClain “Rolando McBosworth”?

  • The Beeech Dawg

    BRAHS HUGE NEWS OUT OF CAMP BEEECH DAWG

    Dudes, after a whole week of partying San Diego style, bagging major beach volleyball poon and smoking hella phat doobies, the Beeech Lawg is now measuring a full FOOT!

    Hells yeah, mission accomplished, president Bush (shout out to the USA and Lady Liberty)

    Now just gotta bust out a few hundred squats so I can support the extra load

    Also gotta order more fluorescent tank tops, stat

    ROLLIN WITH THE BEEEECH DAWG PARTY CREW< HOLLA

  • Thec

    Priesttj12 Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:26 pm
    The first game of the year is more representative of what Rolando can do, That was the only full game he was healthy unfortunately fans couldn’t care less.

    +++++++++

    I asked a pointed question to the Semi’s this morning.

    that question was is McClain injured?

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

    Priesttj12 Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:26 pm
    The first game of the year is more representative of what Rolando can do, That was the only full game he was healthy unfortunately fans couldn’t care less.
    ——
    So your a McBosworth apologist now too?

  • Thec

    Glad all the adults are keeping it NATION football.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    dr_robert Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:09 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
    —————-

    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.
    ==================

    romac sucks so does goethel so does palmer your hero

    race has nothing to do with it

  • theghostronin79

    At least DA “ADMITTED” that the Zone scheme is on the evaluation table……They’ve got a bye week. Do what needs to be done.

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

    Beeech, we’re not in the mood for your bull sh*t today. Go f*ck yourself.

  • Priesttj12

    Thec the bad part about manning up is fans still want to see you at 100% even if they KNOW you’re hurt. This fell on that TD and know his ankle gave way. I don’t need someone to tell what happened. ButThec this kid has given us all 50% of what he has or whatever % he’s puttin’ it on the field good or bad. That’s what I love about the kid and he doesn’t MAKE EXCUSES!!

  • Dakota

    John David booty,

    Hasn’t it been reported that over the past several years al let the coaches have more say aboutthe players drafted in the later rounds?

  • DJ Johnny

    There are some here going out of their to diminish the DA smiley celebration as “no big deal” or “everyone does that” etc.

    1st off, NOT everybody does that. Tell me honestly have you EVER seen Gruden, Cowher, Parcells, Landry, Belichik, Ryan, Harbaugh or ANY coach that is somewhat esteemed in this league look as happy and smiley after a blowout loss…heck ANY loss to a division rival as DA did with Fox after that game?

    Secondly, could you even imagine ANY of the coaches I just mentioned doing so?………….. NO!

    This “smilegate” has led to some here proclaiming DA to “not be a Raider”.

    I maintain that THAT is the sole reason some here defend him on this. They don’t want him to be a “Raider”. They want our team to be a sanitized version of its former self and just like every other team in the league.

    To them, saying our coach “is not a Raider” is the highest compliment you could give.

    Being “a Raider” is waaaaaay too Al “Davisee” for them as they wish to distance this team from anything that remotely reminds them of the evil Al Davis or speaks to anything resembling what could be called “Raider Mystique”.

  • Thec

    Thec Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:29 pm
    Glad all the adults are keeping it NATION football.

    Its easy to skip over the useless dribble once you read the name of the poster.

  • YoungAmerican

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:16 pm

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

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

    That’s because the last time Davis’ Raiders were a consistently competitive franchise, free agency didn’t really exist.

    But look at the teams who have spent big money in free agency over the last decade or two – Dallas? Philly last year? Tampa Bay this year? None of those teams have lived up to the billing.

    Franchises that are now experiencing the kind of consistent success that the Raiders experienced through the 60s, 70s and 80s have done so because they’ve built from the inside out. They draft and develop players well, and have consistency in philosophy between the front office and the coaching staff.

    THESE are the things that the Raiders have been missing in the modern era. Al Davis did a lot of great things as an owner, but the last two decades were not good ones for the Raiders.

    Believe what you want, but this transition wasn’t going to happen without being accompanied by a massive rebuilding project.

  • lefty12

    Priesttj12 Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:26 pm
    The first game of the year is more representative of what Rolando can do, That was the only full game he was healthy unfortunately fans couldn’t care less.
    =========================
    I’d like to believe that but as of now I don’t.I watched him a lot yesterday and even if his ankle was bothering him,he was making no effort to stick his head into plays-NONE.Most of the time he was going sideways trying to avoid any contact.Watch him again.His effort yesterday was a joke,injured ankle or not.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    but yes he does have a lack of speed. It seems like Rolando wants to be close to home. Even in that PITT game.. i saw him in the 4th quarter on the sideline.. the crowd cheering on the offfense. Defense just came to the sideline all fired up…

    He was just not really paying attention.. just chillin like was whatever zero emotion

  • Thec

    Priesttj12 Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:30 pm
    Thec the bad part about manning up is fans still want to see you at 100% even if they KNOW you’re hurt. This fell on that TD and know his ankle gave way. I don’t need someone to tell what happened. ButThec this kid has given us all 50% of what he has or whatever % he’s puttin’ it on the field good or bad. That’s what I love about the kid and he doesn’t MAKE EXCUSES!!

    ++++++++++

    they need to sit him then. No reason to play him if he is not effective.

  • John David Booty

    TailGaterRaider Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:14 pm
    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.
    —————————————
    This. More than anything. Win or lose, this is not the Raiders that we see. The Real Oakland Raiders died with Al. What we have is an NFL expansion team. And it will feel even more like it when the powers that be move them to a shiny new stadium in LA.

    They destroyed my Raiders in a quarter of a season. And turned them into the Jags.

  • Kirk

    theghostronin79 Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:29 pm
    At least DA “ADMITTED” that the Zone scheme is on the evaluation table……They’ve got a bye week. Do what needs to be done.

    ………………………………………

    Praise Jesus!

    Fire Knapp too.

  • Just Win Baby

    Knapp isn’t going anywhere. The ZBS isn’t going anywhere. Those are set in stone. Expect to see Goodson outrun DMC from this point forward and expect to see DMC possibly traded for draft picks because he is a liability to this offensive scheme. His 2.4 ypc are reminiscent of Justin Fargas. He is worth more to us in future draft picks if they aren’t going to use him in a way to reach his true potential.

  • Raidernationdave

    Why does today feel so fricken surreal?