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Jerry McDonald grades the Raiders off Chiefs game

Beat writer Jerry McDonald graded the Raiders performance in their 26-16 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium:

Pass offense

After an interception on his first pass to Stanford Routt, Carson Palmer was mistake free and threw touchdown passes of 9 yards to Denarius Moore and 32 yards to Darrius Heyward-Bey. Maximum protection schemes were excellent as Palmer wasn’t sacked and barely touched. Too many dropped passes — at least four. Grade: B

Run offense

Darren McFadden had his second 100-yard game on the strength of a 12-carry, 73-yard fourth quarter. Ideally, it’s the way a zone blocking system is supposed to work — running with a lead. He finished with 29 carries and 114 yards. Need to run better earlier in the game, however. Grade: B-minus

Pass defense

Free safety Matt Giordano had his first interception of the season, a classic read of Brady Quinn, and Pat Lee halted a Chiefs drive deep in Raiders territory with an acrobatic interception of Matt Cassel. The Raiders pass rush was very good as Rolando McClain, Philip Wheeler and Richard Seymour had sacks. Grade: B

Run defense

The only flaw was allowing Quinn and Cassel the opportunity to exploit an open middle when pressured from the outside as quarterbacks gained 53 yards on nine carries. The rest of the running game was stuffed as the Broncos finished with 22 attempts for 102 yards. Jamal Charles had just five carries and 4 yards. Grade: B-plus

Special teams

The game swung on a special teams hustle play, with long-snapper Jon Condo getting downfield to recover a muffed punt return attempt by Javier Arenas late in the first half. It set up the Palmer-to-Moore touchdown and gave the Raiders permanent momentum. Sebastian Janikowski was 4-for-4 kicking field goals, flawless as usual in Arrowhead. Grade: B-plus

Coaching

Raiders were much better prepared for a team coming off a bye than the previous week against Jacksonville, and were ready to play from the outset. Good mix of defensive play-calling kept Chiefs guessing all day. Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp placed a priority on pass protection and it paid off, as did sticking with a sluggish running game in the fourth quarter. Grade: B-plus

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  • aig-raiders

    3rd down conversions and the inability to score tds yesterday were very troubling. But we handled the game and that’s what you’re supposed to do to bad teams. Glad we won and aint apologizing for it either.

  • Dakota

    AIG says:

    He wants to reduce the deficit but he is unwilling to raise revenue…

    +++++++++++++++

    I hope you are not being fooled into thinking that allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire for people making over $250k per years is actually going to reduce any sort of deficit. Doing so would raise an additional $56 billion in revenue per year….or about 1% of what the Gov spent in 2011.

    That money means much more to small business owners trying to keep people employed than it does to Govt idiots trying to get more money to waste in govt spending.

    Get more people working and out of their low paying jobs and you raise much more revenue than by raising taxes as the Prez proposes.

  • aig-raiders

    RM99
    47% of Americans are lazy and I only rep 53%.
    Oh I meant what I said but I only wasnt eloquent enough.
    Oh I was flat out wrong and I am 100% for Americans… after you got roasted.

    All from the same guy in less than 2 weeks. This is the same guy that wants to be the POTUS. Trust me. You aint voting him because of him the person. You’re voting for ABO.

  • JLofty

    tonedeezy Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 1:47 pm
    Jason Tarver is starting to figure things out.
    Reggie’s guys continue to make play after play.
    We finally have a passing game.
    Allen has given us a disciplined, fundamentally sound football team.

    Knapp is screwing us over slightly less than he had been. (but he still needs to go)

    What’s not to be excited about?
    _______________________________________________

    Co-sign…

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Hey you Raider Gm’s ALLEN was asked about the trade dealine he said we’ll see whats out there.

    Who would u guys trade?? and who would u want to trade for??

  • JLofty

    Red zone O stinks worse than regular field offense. GOTS to resolve THAT!!!

  • JLofty

    Cut Coye Franceeeess, activate Curry!

  • inonewordraider

    curry>goethel

  • Just Fire Baby

    JFB,
    Who else do the Raiders have besides Romac to sub him in for? It’s not like we got a pretty deep bench behind Wheeler, Burris and Romac. Travis Goethel?

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

    We have a lot of other holes to fill on the team, besides investing a draft pick on a 2 down LB don’t you think?

    He is absolutely thriving in his new reduced role, and just needs to adjust his salary moving forward accordingly.

    I think he will.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    who do u guys want to trade for?????????

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    I dont want blount. U think he would get any yards behind this line???

  • Just Fire Baby

    I like Mitt, shook his hand in 2008 at the Claimjumper in Henderson, NV.

    I would’t have dreamed of voting for Perry or Gingrich.

  • aig-raiders

    Dakota,

    I want the grand bargain. I want a reform of entitlements and all programs on the table while raising revenue. Everyone who has an ounce of logic knows we need revenue and spending cuts at the same time. 10-1 ratio is a GRAND BARGAIN. It’s that simple. But your party is held hostage by Grover Norquist. Even Boehner had a deal in place and couldnt deliver because he was scared.

    here’s my issues with you guys. You’re not in the 250k range but yet you would be willing to vote against your interest. My friend who is a doctor is all about spending cuts but voting for a guy that is willing to increase the world’s 41% military spender. My other friend is a gulf war vet who benefited greatly from these unemployment checks but is willing to vote out a guy that gave him the most benefits ever for veterans. That vet failed to realize that he can’t get a frickin job because he was too lazy to upgrade his skillsets. The guys in his previous group all got new employments because they got more skills than he did. That unfortunately is the mentality of the ABO crowd.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I would see if anyone wanted to take Taiwan off our hands.

    Maybe we can get a “wave of the future” guy for him. I hear they are available.

  • inonewordraider

    keep curry, unleash some 3-4 aligments to conuse offenses

    Houston Kelly Seymour
    so’oto mcclain curry burris

    perhaps?

  • aig-raiders

    JFB,

    I’m going out on a limb that Reggie and DA want guys that can do more than just be in limited roles. right now, we are in deep doodoo if either Wheeler or Burris goes down. I was a huge 55 supporter at the draft but he just hasnt panned out.

  • inonewordraider

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 1:58 pm
    I would see if anyone wanted to take Taiwan off our hands.

    Maybe we can get a “wave of the future” guy for him. I hear they are available
    _________________
    ha ha crazy how i gain an ounce of happiness when cam loses and cp wins

  • JLofty

    I thought Taiwan WAS the “wave of the future”…

  • Just Fire Baby

    Otherwise, I would maybe offer a late round pick for Deangelo Williams, I am sure he is ready to play for a real QB.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    i was pretty suprised to hear allen say we’ll see whats out there about trades.

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

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Hey you Raider Gm’s ALLEN was asked about the trade dealine he said we’ll see whats out there.

    Who would u guys trade?? and who would u want to trade for??
    ——-
    Seymour and Kelly. Might as well trade Marcel Reece if they aren’t going to use him. Trade McFadden for Steven Jackson and a 2nd round pick.

  • JLofty

    inonewordraider,
    I cannot endorse a lineup that is bereft of Phillip Wheeler…

  • Just Fire Baby

    Peter King reported today that he heard from a friend of a friend of a friend (you know how those go) that players were grumbling that Cam threw his end of the half hail mary (from the 33 yard line) 10 yards out of the end zone to not risk an INT on his stat line.

    LOL

  • The Beeech Dawg

    AIG the Asian Goober Dork back at it again

    Poor fella just can’t let the politics go, guess that’s why they call it the blues

    Speaking of my awesome pubes, I’ll be getting them done this afternoon by Japanese styling master Himokomodo

    He’s going to give me his signature “Bridge Over Hong Kong Noodle”, so I’ll obviously look totally fly

    HOLLA HOLLA WHUT WHUT

  • inonewordraider

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 1:57 pm
    I dont want blount.
    __________________________________-
    oline allowed no sacks and dmac ran for over 100, albeit in the fourth quarter of a decided game was when he got most of them. Maybe we’re turning it around? and remember goodson is averaging what 8 ypc?

  • JLofty

    Don’t want MeAngelo Williams’ contract or aging legs…

  • inonewordraider

    JLofty Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 2:01 pm
    inonewordraider,
    I cannot endorse a lineup that is bereft of Phillip Wheeler…
    ______________
    huge mistake on my part

    Wheeler Mcclain Curry Burris

  • hwnrdr

    A’s exercised option for Balfour, declined option for Drew…

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    I havent watched blount to much.. but is he faster or slower then bush? more powerful runner?

  • Just Fire Baby

    Drew is a locker room cancer, told you guys that all along.

    The Drew’s are bad seeds.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    wow.. Beane knows what he is doing though.. DREW to much.. he will get the A’s a shortstop.. believe that.

  • inonewordraider
  • Just Fire Baby

    Don’t want MeAngelo Williams’ contract or aging legs…

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

    I don’t think we would have to pay him much for the rest of the season, Carolina already paid his huge signing bonus and than either wave him if we don’t like him next year, or restructure him.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Ok blount looks good.. reggie probaly saw that 1st hand. But would tampa trade him to us especially since we play them on sun??

    also would he gel in this locker room?

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

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    I havent watched blount to much.. but is he faster or slower then bush? more powerful runner?
    —–
    I know 2 things about Blount. He punched a Boise State player after the game and got suspended and this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83zUlYU1SbQ

  • ravenaider

    Greetings Nation! Excellent job yesterday from the Silver & Black.The O line still needs to get going but they were far better than the Jax game.

    Pray for us out here on the East Coast as Sandy is pummeling us! Thank God,that at least I still have power but the “brunt” of the storm hasn’t even come thru yet.

    Win Lose Tie,Raiders Til I Die

  • RAIDERMAN99

    You aint voting him because of him the person. You’re voting for ABO.
    ====================================
    for ABO ?

    Do you mean I’m voting against BHO, more than I’m for MR ?

    You’d be right.

    In fact, I’m voting right down the line against every Dem.

    It’s not that I’m enamored with the Repub party – just that I can’t stand the Party of Jimmy Carter, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Joey Biden, and Al Sharpton.

    And I think BHO is a phony who is doing a lousy job.

    So yeah, my vote will be ABO.

  • Plunketthead

    Daily Reminder to all refs
    The NFL wants the Manning brothers to meet in Orleans

  • hwnrdr

    ravenaider Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 2:10 pm
    Greetings Nation! Excellent job yesterday from the Silver & Black.The O line still needs to get going but they were far better than the Jax game.

    Pray for us out here on the East Coast as Sandy is pummeling us! Thank God,that at least I still have power but the “brunt” of the storm hasn’t even come thru yet.

    Win Lose Tie,Raiders Til I Die

    Prayers sending your way for you and your fam!

  • ravenaider

    Thank you D!

  • RaiderReggie

    In the 4th quarter Greg Knapp finally started pitching the ball to Darren McFadden instead of handing it off every run play called. The pitch gives D Mac some room to make those cut backs into the lanes which the zone blocking scheme is designed to do. I will give Knapp some credit for that.

  • MiamiRaider78

    Couldn’t be any happier with the effort we’re displaying out there on run defense. Much more discipline play by our ends sealing off the edge and funneling everything to the middle. LB’ers wrapping up and making great open field tackles.

    Well, I could be happier if they were ranked number #1 overall in defense. I like the direction this team is headed in. Only 9 more years and we can contend for the division. lol

  • sirblitzalot

    Wow, all the crap on this blog and this comment is “awaiting moderation”? Hilarious! Is that what it takes to get you guys to “moderate”?