Grading the Raiders off their game vs. Bengals


Beat writer Jerry McDonald graded the Raiders based on their performance against the Cincinnati Bengals in a 34-10 loss Sunday. Here is his report card:

Pass offense
Carson Palmer (19-for-34, 146 yards, 1 TD, 1 interception) was under 200 yards for the first time in 16 games. The Bengals pass rush kept him from going to his wide receivers with any success, other than one completion to Denarius Moore for a 20-yard touchdown. Downfield passing was not an option.
Grade: D

Run offense
Marcel Reece had 74 yards on 15 carries and Jeremy Stewart had 26 yards on seven attempts. As it was, Oakland had 73 yards rushing in the second half, even though it trailed 24-0. Owen Schmitt got stuffed for a 1-yard loss on fourth-and-1 from the Cincinnati 45 in the first half.
Grade: C

Pass defense
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was 16 of 30 for 216 yards, doing most of his damage (13 of 20, 151 yards, 2 TDs) in the first half. The Raiders had no interceptions, and other than the third quarter, were fairly easy to exploit as they concentrated on WR A.J. Green, who still had three catches for 111 yards.
Grade: D

Run defense
BenJarvis Green-Ellis ripped off runs of 48 and 39 yards that set up touchdowns, finishing with 19 carries for 129 yards and a 1-yard score. Cedric Peerman had 61 yards on eight carries with a 31-yard run. Green ran 20 yards on a reverse. Those four carries accounted for 138 yards. The 30 other runs netted 83 yards.
Grade: D

Special teams
Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 55-yard field goal with plenty to spare on his only attempt. Punter Shane Lechler put three punts inside the 20-yard line and had a 42.0 net. There was nothing of consequence in the return game by either side. Grade: C

The Raiders finally made some decent halftime adjustments, outscoring Cincinnati 10-0 in the third quarter and forcing the Bengals to four three-and-outs on defense. The first half, however, was a disaster on both sides of the ball. The Raiders were either unprepared for what they saw or not adequately motivated in terms of energy.
Grade: D


Steve Corkran

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    mcfadden20. Says:
    November 26th, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Ofcourse Whiners should have fired B Walsh after 1-15 year, Cowboys should have done the same after JJ went 1-15 oh yeah how about Pats , weren’t they better team before Bill Belichic who never succeeded before in Cleveland and comes to NE and have worse record than year before, I’m pretty sure those guys who went 1-15 in first year then went on to build dynasties had nothing to do with the talent they were surrounded by in first year right?

    bad examples

    do you did you just start watching football?

    walsh and jimmy Johnson had rough starts but they also had people in place they wer sold on as the future in the qb spot aikman and motnana

    Please dont tell me carcas palmer is in this class.

    belichic sucked in Cleavland and was simply a better prepared candidate by the time he landed in new england and again he ended up with tom brady

    brady montana aikman hall of fame multiple trophy winners. we can also add namse like brushci, rice, lott, craig, haley and so on.

    palmer….. hardly

    besides i dont remember any of those coaches posting the all time worst defense along the way or being blown out in as many games.

    In other words they all had at least a couple of plyers to build around and presented some sort of evidence they belonged.

    allen simply looks over matched at this point

  • oakfoshow

    Right turn Clyde,I mean Reggie.

  • aryanation

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    November 26th, 2012 at 12:19 pm
    Mock drafts have geno going first overall to the queefs…… DEAR GOD NO!!!!====== DEAR GOD YES!!! LET THE CHEFS HAVE THE NEXT JAFATASS RUSSELL!!!….ANOTHER DUMB LOSER

  • denverraider

    Grading this team seems like a rather pointless, moronic exercise at this point.

  • dcraiderfan

    What a side into the negative zone for the Raiders! Bringing in this train wreck season was doomed from the start starting with Spuds, Allen, and keeping Crybaby Palmer! Here’s what USA Today have to say “Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders: The team traded a 2012 first-round pick and 2013 second-rounder for the former Cincinnati Bengals signal caller, but they’re 7-14 since acquiring him. That’s enough time to know he’s not the franchise redeemer. Second-year QB Terrelle Pryor has tantalizing upside but needs playing time to develop.” Hey Mark, walk down to corner store and pickup the local fishwrap and read what the fans want! Or sit down and use Grandpa ancient computer to look for Al’s player file and offer either “Chucky” or Hue their job back and make it quick or Philly or Cal State will have their men!!!!!!!!!!!