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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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  • Thec

    VICTORY MONDAY HERE IN SAN DIEGO….

    This is one of those weekends when you get double prizes.

    RAIDS win, the disc lose…All is right with the world.

  • RussianRaider

    Discipline. It’s all about discipline. When players stay in their spots, make plays and do what they are supposed to do, this team can win. The days of inept penalties (like TK having three offsides on one drive) have to be beaten out of this team for them to truly turn it around.

    The offense will grow, the receivers are young and getting better. The Raiders for too long got away with disrespecting their coaching knowing Mr. Davis ultimately called the shots. If there is real accountability, the team will get better…we’re seeing it now. You can only beat who you are scheduled to face, so beating JAX and KC is what we are SUPPOSED TO DO. Tampa is comparable to us, we gotta rattle Freeman and use our experience against VJ to try to shut him down.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Lechler hasn’t been listed on any injury report, has he ?

    Hard for me to believe he’s completely lost it and is not injured.

  • Just Fire Baby

    OK, enough politics for me, I didn’t start it though LOL.

    RM99, how about Slo-mania!!! 4 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 1 FF, and 1 AFC West QB KO.

    Get with it or get run over by it!!!

  • Thec

    Outtro Guys…ENJOY VICTORY MONDAY…..

    1 NATION exist in all the sports world

  • RussianRaider

    Lechler hasn’t been listed on any injury report, has he ?

    Hard for me to believe he’s completely lost it and is not injured.
    ———————————————————-

    Gotta be an injury. He totally shanked one of his punts yesterday in a way I haven’t seen in a long time. I’d expect Marquette King to be punting for us next season because Big Reggie isn’t handing out 4 million/year for a punter like Mr. Davis did.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Want to thank JFB’s boy Javier Arenas for that wonderful gift.

  • Plunketthead

    Chaz Shillings has stayed healthy and played in all the jets games this year

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    11111

  • inonewordraider

    the height of the financial crisis unemployment 10.1% today 7.8%

    economy has grown for 13 straight quarters

    private sector added an average of 152k jobs 31 months straight

    housing starts 4 year high

    foreclosures down to prerecession #’s

    sticktest financial regulations ever

    medicare donut hole closed

    war in iraq over

    nuclear weapon proliferation treaty with Russia

    osama dead

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    JFB…..the babe is Katherine Jenkins.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    RM99, how about Slo-mania!!! 4 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 1 FF, and 1 AFC West QB KO.

    Get with it or get run over by it!!!
    ==============================================
    Slo was completely unblocked on his delayed blitz and KO of the mighty Quinn.

    Surprised he didn’t whiff.

  • lefty12

    The press doesn’t know how to act at the weekly Allen press conference.Like many on here,winning means they have little to talk about.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Slo was completely unblocked on his delayed blitz

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

    The timing of said delayed blitz, created his unblockedness.

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Tried to post agreement with Plunketthead #126 and they cut me off – post went missing.

    Plunketthead….what’s on your mind?What you thinking?

  • Just Fire Baby

    JFB…..the babe is Katherine Jenkins.

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

    Yummy

  • Dakota

    inonewordraider Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 1:10 pm
    the height of the financial crisis unemployment 10.1% today 7.8% (23 million Americans unemployed or underemplyed, and majority of new jobs are low paying)

    economy has grown for 13 straight quarters (slowest annual growth rate in a recovery since WWII)

    private sector added an average of 152k jobs 31 months straight (low paying jobs)

    housing starts 4 year high (one good sign)

    foreclosures down to prerecession #’s (yes, we already hit bottom)

    sticktest financial regulations ever (Banks not leanding money)

    nuclear weapon proliferation treaty with Russia (more deals with Rusia to come after the election!)

    osama dead (Didn’t Hillary have to talk him into pulling the trigger after he hisitated a couple of times and Biden tried to talk him out of it?)

  • RAIDERMAN99

    I was going to bet the Giants and Cain +120 last night. Thought that was great value.

    But then I remembered JFB saying his Giants would lose game 4 and close it out in 5.

    Damn you, JFB !

    Congrats on your World Champ Giants.

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    22222

  • RAIDERMAN99

    That’s quite a rack on Ms Jenkins.

    Tits must be jealous.

  • Dakota

    underemployed
    lending
    hesitated

    ooooops

  • Just Fire Baby

    I told you to take the series at +155 !!!!!!

    And I know there were MVP odds and I handed Panda to you on a plate, had to be +500 or better.

  • Twocents

    Once the veil is lifted and one becomes aware of the violence and deception that is the U.S. government, you will never believe a word they say.

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    xxxxxxxx

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Hey guys I read something about Raiders possibly giving up a 4th rounder for curry depending on his playing time. I just dont know how much.

    Either way if thats true.. I dont even activate him the rest of the year. We need that 4th . anyhow…

    Imagine if we move to 3-4 next year? I could see Reggie drafting Manti Teo’ 1st round. Plug him in with burris, mclain, Wheeler.. would be really cookin now.

    3-4 Te’o Mclain in the middle.. Burris OLB / pass rusher. Teo’s has a motor that doesnt quit.

    Just win baby

  • http://www.safc.com/page/StadiumofLightDetail/0,,10281~1706060,00.html neilb

    Later.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Curry isn’t any good, no need to bring him in other than depth and speical teams.

    Once activated, I believe he will be, he won’t see the field much defensively, maybe some short-yardage situations.

  • JLofty

    Slowlando played well yesterday. It appears removing him from field when non-optimal and using him when his skills fit better is quite frankly the biggest change on Defense we’ve seen in 10-15 years…

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Dont let facts or reason get in the way of a libtards argument for 4 more years of guaranteed failed socialism & trickle up poverty.

    ______

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    AIG,

    Your a smart guy, the reason Mass was 47th out of 50th state in job growth, because there was no room for growth.

    They had like the 4th lowest unemployment in the country, can’t grow much from there.

  • Dakota

    JLofty Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 1:30 pm
    Slowlando played well yesterday. It appears removing him from field when non-optimal and using him when his skills fit better is quite frankly the biggest change on Defense we’ve seen in 10-15 years…
    +++++++

    we could just replace the bum with someone who can play!

  • Charlie

    It looks like I hit a hot button with the term “football ignorant”. I am simply of the opinion that there will not be a quick fix to the mess we have been in for the last ten years. Too many people look at changing schemes and critizing coaches because the fix is percieved as quick and easy.
    (How did the Eagles D look yesterday after firing the DC?)
    It implies that hope for a Super Bowl contender is just around the corner.
    IT IS NOT.

    Winning in the NFL requires superior Offensive and Defensive linesa and a competent QB. Those units take time to build and they have been neglected for ten years. Other than Grove,Gallery and Wiz II we have not invested a first or second round pick on either line in the last ten years.You might find the next Upshaw in the 7th round but the odds are against it. (Upshaw was a first round pick).

    We are making progress and I have been and always will be a Raider fan.
    Thinking coaching changes and new schemes will fix things is what we have tried for the last ten years and it has failed. We need to focus on upgrading player talent and it will take time GIVEN WHAT REGGIE INHERITED.

  • aig-raiders

    If Curry is a repeat offender on tape, then no he will not be back with us. Romac is as good as gone due to the current regime, imho.

  • RAIDERMAN99

    After the Tigers beat the Yankees in game 1 of their series a guy I know places a $1400 future bet on Detroit to win the WS. He got them at 8 to 5 and I thought it was a horrible bet.

    After they sweep the Yanks, he’s thinking he’s sitting pretty with Verlander possibly going 3 times.

    Told him he’s an idiot if he doesn’t hedge the whole thing on the Giants +155.

    He’s sorry today.

  • GRIM

    Tampa bay should be a good test in my opinion.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    whatever the RAiders do form here on out.

    Makesure you dont give a 4th rounder to that punk Pete Carroll and the seachickens. B.s. that he got away with what he did at USC..

    and my dude PRYOR had a 5 game suspension.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Romac is as good as gone due to the current regime, imho

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

    I don’t see why you would think that.

    He isn’t going to get paid his salary moving forward, but that’s what restructures are for.

    Clearly the staff believes he has value, and they didn’t just bench him, they took him off the field in passing downs ONLY.

    He has toe’d the company line, not made any issues of it, and improved his play since it.

  • JLofty

    Curry could be useful to Tarver in this D. That guy can do a fair number of things. As long as the play stays in front of him he’s a wrecking ball….
    McPain might have to reneg. his contract if he wants to remain in Oakland. But they guy is good enough to get on an NFL roster….
    Esp a 3-4 one…

  • aig-raiders

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    AIG,

    Your a smart guy, the reason Mass was 47th out of 50th state in job growth, because there was no room for growth.

    They had like the 4th lowest unemployment in the country, can’t grow much from there.
    ———
    That means he already inherited a good situation. Then dont go thumping your chest as a job creator. It’s like him inheriting one of the best educational system in the country and pounding that for his accomplishment.

    I know you are voting for mitt just because you dont like the current guy. There is nothing that Mitt has done and promised that a smart guy like you can’t sniff out. His healthcare is the backbone of the current health care. He wants to reduce the deficit but he is unwilling to raise revenue and willing to increase the world’s 41% military budget. Basically, he’s the white version of Hue Jack that you hated so much.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    ATL was a good test.. and it was down in their house. That game should have been won. Raiders have already had a few test this season.

    Tampa bay is next.. just contain VJAX and martin

  • SilverAndBlackBleeder

    Waddup NATION Rack ‘em

  • aig-raiders

    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?

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Part of coach Allen’s hesitancy in activating LB Aaron Curry to 53-man roster is someone would have to go. Allen likes the roster as it is.”"

    pery corky twitter

  • SilverAndBlackBleeder

    The Raiders won, Louisville’s football team is back in the top 10 in the BCS since the Bush/Brohm/Dumervil years. Great weekend!

    Couple of notes….DHB needs more WR screens and/or end arounds; we have to maximize the use of his freakish ability…Denarius Moore is the truth despite the drops, and we’re one legit speed rusher away from having a truly scary front 7!

  • tonedeezy

    Slowlando has become a beast at the line of scrimmage, and has handled the demotion well thus far.
    Given he will only play at a discounted rate from here on out, I have no problem with him.

  • Plunketthead

    Reid to be the next coach of the chargers?
    or ESPN starting trouble again

  • DaTruth91

    JLofty Says:
    October 29th, 2012 at 1:37 pm
    Curry could be useful to Tarver in this D. That guy can do a fair number of things. As long as the play stays in front of him he’s a wrecking ball….
    McPain might have to reneg. his contract if he wants to remain in Oakland. But they guy is good enough to get on an NFL roster….
    Esp a 3-4 one…

    ^^^^^^^^^^^

    agreed. Romac is still an starting NFL linebacker, albiet not an every down backer. I say they try and rework his deal, because I believe Taver could use him

  • The Beeech Dawg

    Brahs, Rasta Ganja practice is off the chain!

    We’ve been working on my hot new Laker jam and all the strippers can’t stop pole dancing

    Next up we’ll be hitting the Shakey’s buffet, gotta get my Mojo potato on

    It may taste like a fresh spud going down, but it’ll look just like a dark turd comin’ out

    THATS JUST HOW THEM BIG DAWGS BARF

  • tonedeezy

    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?

  • RAIDERMAN99

    Basically, he’s the white version of Hue Jack that you hated so much.
    ===============================================
    Man, I love this blog.

    Mitt is the white Hue Jax.

    I think BHO is the black Greg Knapp.

    I gotta vote for Hue.

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

    Where is Kell at? Did he get banned from the library? His wife revoke his internet privileges?