Grading the Raiders from Ravens game


Here is how beat writer Jerry McDonald graded the Raiders (3-6) on their performance in a 55-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens (7-2) on Sunday:

Pass offense

Another prolific stat game for Carson Palmer (29 of 45, 368 yards, 2 TDs). He had a 55-yard touchdown pass to Darrius Heyward-Bey and one of 30 yards to Denarius Moore, and he kept the Raiders moving the ball. But there was also an interception, a lost fumble and another fourth-and-1 where he got stepped on by Mike Brisiel and took a 4-yard sack.

Grade: B

Run offense

Marcel Reece rushed a career-high 13 times for 48 yards, with Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson out with high-ankle sprains. Rookie Jeremy Stewart ran seven times for 22 yards, and the coaching staff has very little confidence in Taiwan Jones. Raiders had no gain of more than 9 yards and averaged 3 yards per carry.

Grade: D-minus

Pass defense

Joe Flacco (21 of 33, 341 yards, 3 TDs, 1 interception) did as he pleased and found the wide open spaces between the hash marks. Michael Huff had an interception at the Baltimore 19, but the offense only got a field goal out of it. Torrey Smith caught touchdown passes of 20 and 47 yards and tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson had seven catches for 126 yards.

Grade: F

Run defense

The Raiders took the Doug Martin lesson of the previous week to heart as Ray Rice gained just 35 yards in 13 carries with a long run of 7 yards. Not until Bernard Pierce had a 12-yard run in the second half did Baltimore get a running play in double figures. They gave ground way to easily on Rice’s 7-yard touchdown run.

Grade: B

Special teams
A muffed punt by Phillip Adams led to a Baltimore touchdown and Jacoby Jones ripped off a 105-yard kickoff return to finish the scoring. Sebastian Janikowski converted field goal attempts from 22 and 47 yards and Shane Lechler punted well with a 54.8 yard gross and a 47.6 net.

Grade: D-minus


The Raiders secondary looked as if it had never played together before as Flacco passed at will. The Raiders were fooled by a Ravens fake field-goal attempt that resulted in a 7-yard touchdown run by holder Sam Koch. Coming into a difficult road venue, the Raiders didn’t have the look of a team that was prepared to play, and coach Dennis Allen said the responsibility lies with him.

Grade: F


Steve Corkran

  • MiamiRaider78

    For those of you who think Reggie is a fraud

    Blame these guys:

    John Madden, Ron Wolf and Ken Herock…

    I like Reggie and DA.

  • Tattle Tale Guy

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    Nice goin’.

  • Priesttj12

    Hue jackson is no longer the issue here, I’m pissed because this moron went out and got someone who IMO pales in the previous coaches comparison.

    Hue had a long wya to go to learn HC edicate and some say he would never have learned it, I’m not of that camp. However if you gave me a coach like Jeff Fisher or Bill Belichik I’d FIRE HUE JACKSON on the spot. Because I know and watched Hue screw up royally even when we won. You can’t do that.

    But get me a real coach in here so I can get at least a little interested in watching my team on SUNDAY!

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  • VanHeathen30

    I blame Mark Davis…
    He listened to 2 RETIREES who had been out of the game for years…
    Why would they have ANY insight into the current NFL landscape?
    What he should have done was hire a Pres. Of Operations and let That guy hire the GM.
    Mark, excuses himself from blame by claiming, “I know what I don’t know” about the NFL, and let’s face it, that is a lot…Al kept him out of the family biz for a reason, and now he’ just milking it for some financial gain before he sells it…
    He’s fooling everyone into thinking he gives a crap, but, it’s obvious from his lack of Due Dilligence in hiring told me that…

  • MiamiRaider78

    I’ll reserve my judgement of both Reggie and DA, once year two is up.

  • The Mack

    Listening to mcf20 try to defend reasobs as to why DA should be given a second chance reminds me of Romney trying to defeend his “jeep is shipping jobs to china” claim. Lol Is a waist of time trying to argue the point, for romney it was pointless because everyone knew he wa lying for Mcf20 its pointless because everyone can see DA is not, he answer. Its clear as day he’s not a leader of men, he looks to me to be the norv turner version of a dc. Hood coordinator but awful hc.Matter of fact i think he’ worse. The coaching staff he hired is a joke, our Oc is trash, Dc, is trash, st coordinator is trash. Smh Across the board Da a.d reggie fd up, they must be held accountable.

  • The Mack

    Apologies for all the typos…

  • Otis60

    Maybe I am being too positive but despite our D’s problems, we are probably two or three plays away from being 5-4 and winning three of our last four.

  • depcharger

    dennis allen should be fired on week 16.

    a decent coach…. a decent defensive coach, should not get scored on for 100 points in a span of 2 weeks.