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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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  • lefty12

    MiamiRaider78 Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:55 pm
    We need Ray Lewis to be our linebackers coach whenever he retires. I would pay hin whatever…we need someone to instill that fire in our players.
    ========================
    I think we need better players.

  • dr_robert

    The Beeech Dawg Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    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 u guys know who the morons are who buy the “increase ur size” pills in desperation for their little weiners. only a retard thinks they can make their unit bigger.

    and president bush? yep, he thinks it’s 1992.

  • DT42

    Get rid of Dennis “McDaniels” Allen

  • inonewordraider

    breaking news:

    Raider GM Reggie Mckenzie bitc# slaps coach Dennis Allen after reportedly telling Allen to “smile now bit$h!”

  • dr_robert

    The Beeech Dawg Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:46 pm
    Brahs, sweet article in the times about Farmer’s Field

    Can’t wait until the Silver N Black move back home, still working on my luxury box design

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

    beeech rubbing everyone’s face in the possibility of the raiders leaving oakland. any more proof needed that he’s a dick?

  • morilla

    I’m no DA apologist by any means, but dn you guys are takin his grin to heart. Too funny. Those guys are good friends. What did you expect, Dennis to hit Jim over the was with a pillow sack containing a coke can? Such a joke.

  • STVRaider

    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur

    Surprising. #Raiders DT Richard Seymour actually “encouraged” after watching game film. “We’re so close on so many plays. It’s fixable.”

  • dr_robert

    The Beeech Dawg Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I’m sure being well under 4″ doesn’t allow you to dream big, but now I can easily score with any babe in a string bikini

    Not like I couldn’t before, but now I don’t even need to use words. Just whip the Lawg out and stand back

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

    yep, he’s the type of moron who thinks if he could someday have a big weiner, a girl would talk to him. dude hasn’t a clue how to talk to a real girl.

    pathetic chump.

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

    I wish I had ESPN. I want to watch the new 30 for 30 about broke athletes.

  • dr_robert

    STVRaider Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 3:00 pm
    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur

    Surprising. #Raiders DT Richard Seymour actually “encouraged” after watching game film. “We’re so close on so many plays. It’s fixable.”
    *************

    if we could just play with 11 players instead of 10. (mcclain)

  • morilla

    Jim= him.

  • RaiderSam

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:29 pm
    Beeech, we’re not in the mood for your bull sh*t today. Go f*ck yourself.

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

    THANK YOU.

    that crap was tired in the offseason and its even more annoying now.

  • Grrrrrrr

    Frustrating game, but can’t act shocked at this season’s results. Almost no draft picks, trimming “talent” to get under the cap, rookie HC and DC, and…. Knapp. Like I said a couple of weeks ago, we’re in a rebuilding season, (probably two). We have a very good (but often injured) RB and maybe one or two other players to build a team around. Denarius might become a star (also appears to be injury prone). CP is perhaps a little better than NFL average, but aging. Wheeler has been a pleasant surprise, but only by comparison (think about P. Willis for a moment). Zero players on D who are really better than average and 2LBs and 2CBs that couldn’t start anywhere else.
    Sucks, but I think Reg, DA, and JT deserve a decent chance to show us something. The previous eight years of hell have nothing to do with them and they didn’t take over a team with talent (and cap room) like Harbaugh did…

  • MiamiRaider78

    How bad is our lack of defensive game planning during half time as well?

  • RaiderSam

    Dr_robert Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 3:01 pm
    STVRaider Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 3:00 pm
    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur

    Surprising. #Raiders DT Richard Seymour actually “encouraged” after watching game film. “We’re so close on so many plays. It’s fixable.”
    *************

    if we could just play with 11 players instead of 10. (mcclain)

    ==========

    I think they are just trying to keep spirits up and the lockerroom together. – there was a near fight with Beedles and one of the Raiders late in the game – if they keep losing its going to unravel soon, regardless of “positive attitudes”

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

    The new Cat Power record is pretty good. Any of you guys listen to it yet?

  • STVRaider

    dr_robert Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    STVRaider Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 3:00 pm
    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur

    Surprising. #Raiders DT Richard Seymour actually “encouraged” after watching game film. “We’re so close on so many plays. It’s fixable.”
    *************

    if we could just play with 11 players instead of 10. (mcclain)
    =====================================================
    They would probably do a hell of a lot better…He is a BUM!

  • inonewordraider

    morilla Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:59 pm
    I’m no DA apologist by any means, but dn you guys are takin his grin to heart. Too funny. Those guys are good friends. What did you expect, Dennis to hit Jim over the was with a pillow sack containing a coke can? Such a joke.
    ____________
    The leader needs to show he doesn’t take losses lightly. How can he expect the players to be pissed if he isn’t? The example he is setting is “this is just a game”, which of course it is, but a team has no chance if it thinks this way. No way have i ever been close to being a pro baller but if i’m one on one with my dad and he beats me i’m pissed till a while after, just how it goes

  • MiamiRaider78

    STVRaider Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 3:00 pm
    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur

    Surprising. #Raiders DT Richard Seymour actually “encouraged” after watching game film. “We’re so close on so many plays. It’s fixable.”
    ____________

    This makes me feel like i’m crazy.

  • http://ibabuss.com antispy3

    The Raiders are down to one legitimate WR, can’t run the ball, OL regressed as bad as any unit in the league, no halftime adjustments, coach missed replay on their down play in first second half possession &, oh by the way the Raiders Dline is playing abymissibly bad. . .and it”s CP’s fault? He’s the only player doing his job! I’m fine with CP. Can’t complete passes laying on his back. . .get a clue, mystic. . .and other CP haters. /. .

  • STVRaider

    Look…it gets even better…

    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur

    Seymour: “We’re headed in the right direction.”

    =====================================================
    He must be having flash backs…thinks he is still on the pats.

  • inonewordraider

    .get a clue, mystic. . .and other CP haters. /. .
    _____________
    it isn’t that mistic hates cp specifically, it’s that he hates whitey

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    STVRaider Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 3:00 pm
    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur

    Surprising. #Raiders DT Richard Seymour actually “encouraged” after watching game film. “We’re so close on so many plays. It’s fixable.”

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

    GREAT! Then I expect to see 60 minutes of tough, hard-nosed football vs. Atlanta. That’s 60 minutes from EVERYBODY, Big Rich.

  • The Big Banana

    STVRaider Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 3:00 pm
    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur

    Surprising. #Raiders DT Richard Seymour actually “encouraged” after watching game film. “We’re so close on so many plays. It’s fixable.”

    —-

    Seymour a comedian?

  • RaiderSam

    Inonewordraider Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 3:04 pm
    morilla Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:59 pm
    I’m no DA apologist by any means, but dn you guys are takin his grin to heart. Too funny. Those guys are good friends. What did you expect, Dennis to hit Jim over the was with a pillow sack containing a coke can? Such a joke.
    ____________
    The leader needs to show he doesn’t take losses lightly. How can he expect the players to be pissed if he isn’t? The example he is setting is “this is just a game”, which of course it is, but a team has no chance if it thinks this way. No way have i ever been close to being a pro baller but if i’m one on one with my dad and he beats me i’m pissed till a while after, just how it goes

    ==========

    I agree. I think a good portion of change comes when fury is unleashed and stress goes higher – you are forced to concentrate – Singletary infused the Niners with it, but couldnt sustain the confidence needed in Alex Smith – but that defense took everything personal, and got much better. with most young coaches , he hasnt been in the league long enough to infuse a philosophy for players to pick up on, and is still forming a personality….

  • MiamiRaider78

    If I had enough money, i’d get cryogenically frozen and have them defrost me right before the Raiders hold up the Lombardi-whenever that may be.

  • STVRaider

    MiamiRaider78 Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    STVRaider Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 3:00 pm
    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur

    Surprising. #Raiders DT Richard Seymour actually “encouraged” after watching game film. “We’re so close on so many plays. It’s fixable.”
    ____________

    This makes me feel like i’m crazy.
    —————————————————-
    You said it Miami….They must showing them tape from different years so they won’t get down on themselves….It can’t be tape of the game I watched yesterday….that was putrid.

  • chuck

    If your best player is a system rb then you run his system how hard is that to figure out.

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  • The Beeech Dawg

    Yo Blog Brahs

    Time to cast your vote for Nob Bust’s most spectacular BLOG MELTDOWNS of September

    1) Creating a Beeeech Dawg handle – only super gay – and getting smacked clear across the blog

    2) Teaming up with Albert Bigelo Klas as “Junior Blog Detectives” and mistakenly claiming I run a party boat out of Long Beach. Then instantly flaming out to great laughter

    3) His 1st ever blog PM Party Partol beat down, where he somehow was able to get a clean backhand from every member and left flailing in the night

    Can’t wait to see what the “Official Blog Punching Bag” has in store for October!

    HOLLA

  • morilla

    The leader needs to show he doesn’t take losses lightly. How can he expect the players to be pissed if he isn’t? The example he is setting is “this is just a game”, which of course it is, but a team has no chance if it thinks this way. No way have i ever been close to being a pro baller but if i’m one on one with my dad and he beats me i’m pissed till a while after, just how it goes
    —–

    Look I Agree, I played (not pro) and am competitive just as much as the next guy. But a majority if players really dint get that bent out of shape. It’s a check, that’s just how it is. The problem is it doesn’t seem like we have any of those types if players that do care. The ones you see on other teams screaming at others and rallying the troops.

    When I first saw that pic it bothered me a little because it was Denver. But then it passed. DA and Fox are good friends and it was his first game HC a team in his old place. I just don’t put that much stock into it. I’ll focus on his record at the end of the season.

  • Just Fire Baby

    If we finish 5-11, I can see us trading Carson to the Jets for their first round pick.

  • STVRaider

    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur

    “Teams r getting ball out quick to try & tire (the d-line out),” Seymour said. “We’ve got 2 get our hands up & challenge them on the edges.”
    ——————————————————-
    Really? “to try & tire” them out?….They are not trying very hard to do that. You can tell by halftime or very early in the 3rdQ that they are tired.

    Not being able to stop even the longest of 3rd downs will do that to you Rich….

  • RaiderSam

    LondonRaider Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:45 pm
    25 years of flying to LA and the Bay and yesterday was the first time I’ve ever switched off a game, never even left early during the shambles of the last decade.

    This team no longer has an identity, this isn’t the Raiders, it’s insipid putrid dog turd, and it’s unwatchable and heartbreaking.

    ========

    Agreed. They need to take that “New Era of Excellence thing down” – its even more humiliating.

  • chuck

    How can these non football people stand behind this sorry brand of football we are seeing,show some knowledge and say Reggie and Allen are messing up a young team that was getting better.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    inonewordraider Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    .get a clue, mystic. . .and other CP haters. /. .
    _____________
    it isn’t that mistic hates cp specifically, it’s that he hates whitey
    ==================

    you guys are pathetic

    palmer is 5-9 as a raider 2-4 in the division with 18 picks in 14 starts.

    me pointing this out is racist?

    those numbers are good enough for you from a 10 year vet?

    cmon fellas, cant you find a better defense than claiming im racist? i didnt make those numbers up, but they do speak for themselves

    weak sauce

  • The Beeech Dawg

    RaiderSam Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:29 pm
    Beeech, we’re not in the mood for your bull sh*t today. Go f*ck yourself.

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

    THANK YOU.

    that crap was tired in the offseason and its even more annoying now.

    ————

    SamBorg the Uber Goober

    You’ve never been quite the same since your devastating blog rap-off defeat

    Just keepin’ it real

  • RaiderSam

    The Beeech Dawg Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 3:13 pm
    Yo Blog Brahs

    Time to cast your vote for Nob Bust’s most spectacular BLOG MELTDOWNS of September

    1) Creating a Beeeech Dawg handle – only super gay – and getting smacked clear across the blog

    2) Teaming up with Albert Bigelo Klas as “Junior Blog Detectives” and mistakenly claiming I run a party boat out of Long Beach. Then instantly flaming out to great laughter

    3) His 1st ever blog PM Party Partol beat down, where he somehow was able to get a clean backhand from every member and left flailing in the night

    Can’t wait to see what the “Official Blog Punching Bag” has in store for October!

    HOLLA

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

    stupid ass cunt

  • RaiderSam

    The Beeech Dawg Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 3:17 pm
    RaiderSam Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:29 pm
    Beeech, we’re not in the mood for your bull sh*t today. Go f*ck yourself.

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

    THANK YOU.

    that crap was tired in the offseason and its even more annoying now.

    ————

    SamBorg the Uber Goober

    You’ve never been quite the same since your devastating blog rap-off defeat

    Just keepin’ it real

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

    Your a real idiot. Lose this act.

  • STVRaider

    It seems like we have always had issues getting off the field on 3rd down…I can’t remember the last DEF that did a good job at that. And I have been a Fan of this Org for 35 years. I know there was a time…that is what 10 years of losing will do to you i guess.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    I will say this.. Why is chewka not playing CB.. and huff is?

    Huff should be at saftey now. Chewka needs to be playing.

    why do we have all DT’s playing on the line. too slow. Carter hopefully helps our edge rush. Wee neeed a btter MLB

  • JLofty

    Taking online AB1825 course. Might fall asleep at any moment…

  • M Lonetree

    fortunately for Da Raiduhs they can now relax and watch a fascinating bunch of rookies and cast-offs ( the Oaktown Athletics) do whatever they can to compete for the prize.
    and then when the A’s run ends, Da Raiduhs can collect their paychecks and wait for the Dec 21 cosmic convergence.

  • RaiderSam

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 3:19 pm
    I will say this.. Why is chewka not playing CB.. and huff is?

    Huff should be at saftey now. Chewka needs to be playing.

    why do we have all DT’s playing on the line. too slow. Carter hopefully helps our edge rush. Wee neeed a btter MLB

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

    Its a foregone conclusion some change is coming, but its interesting to see if the team can rally around coaching/play-calling that is obviously not working

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

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 3:15 pm
    If we finish 5-11, I can see us trading Carson to the Jets for their first round pick.
    ——-
    The only person dumb enough to give Raiders a #1 for Palmer is Hue.

  • blackandsilverside

    Beeech Dawg,

    You are sooooo full of crappola.

    1. There is no Rasta Ganja that played in SD recently. I know that for a fact.

    2. There is no Wrecks n Effects posted to your name or ownership. The real Wrecks n Effects out of NYC would sue you in a heartbeat for using their copywrited name, wipe you financially, and enjoin you from using their name.

    3. You don’t reside in a penthouse suite at the Ritz-Carlton in MDR. I know that for a fact.

    4. You don’t have the paper to buy a luxury suite in the new stadium being proposed.

    5. You don’t have a party boat in MDR.

    6. You don’t have a cock 12 inches in length.

    7. You don’t bed down strippers which by current count would be in the thousands, since you are still alive, presumably HIV and hepatitis C free, without cirrhosis of the liver, complete with cancerous lesions.

    8. You DO have an excellent imagination.

    9. If everything you claim is true why haven’t you ever shown yourself?

    We put up with your nonsense because you are mildly humorous sometimes.

    Please go away for awhile till we process this latest loss, and we might like you better.

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Uh Oh, SamBorg is getting ready to start babbling in Klingon! One of his classic dweeb-out moves

    Yo Brahs, Lake Show media day was off the chizzle, got a live report from some of my boyz in the Certified Platinum Posse

    Guess Jody Meeks tried on some of my new fragrance CERTIFIED PLATINUM by BEEECH DAWG and instantly hit a 3

    That’s just how they do in the El (Segundo, that is)

    LEFT MY WALLET I GOTS GOTS 2 GET IT

  • RunN2DaNite83

    “No. 1: I want my guy,” McKenzie said. “My approach is old school. … We will win championships here.”

    Food for thought……..

  • STVRaider

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    October 1st, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    I will say this.. Why is chewka not playing CB.. and huff is?

    Huff should be at saftey now. Chewka needs to be playing.

    why do we have all DT’s playing on the line. too slow. Carter hopefully helps our edge rush. Wee neeed a btter MLB
    —————————————————–
    Agreed!…Checkwa must be really bad. He has not even gotten to sniff at any playing time since he got hurt last year. And I say put in goethel He can’t be much worse..and at least he will try…just putting out some effort will make him better than romac

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