Grading the Raiders


Grading the Raiders

Pass offense

Terrelle Pryor was 19 of 29 for 217 yards, one touchdown and two costly interceptions. The mistakes hurt, but after the first one, Pryor shook it off and made a number of nice throws. He timed slant passes well, although he put both Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore in harm’s way of fast-closing defenders. He hit passes in the clutch for key first downs. He is a better game passer than a practice passer. Grade: C-plus

Rush offense

With Pryor rushing for a franchise record (for a quarterback) 112 yards on 13 carries, the Raiders had 171 yards rushing and averaged 5.2 yards per carry. It was tough going for Darren McFadden on conventional running plays, however, as he averaged 2.8 per attempt. On a 9-yard burst up the middle, McFadden showed some of his old burst. Grade: B

Pass defense:

Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck was 8-for-8 for 113 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions early in the second quarter _ a perfect 158.3 passer rating at the time. But the Raiders were able to confuse Luck enough to slow the Colts down, and they had only one more touchdown the rest of the evening. Tracy Porter had near-perfect coverage on Reggie Wayne at least twice and gave up completions anyway _ Luck was simply that good early in the game. Grade: C

Run defense

Indianapolis had 127 yards on 26 carries _ an average of 4.9 per attempt that is too high. Vick Ballard led the way with 63 yards on 13 attempts. Tackling was an issue on a 9-yard break out of the pocket by Luck, as Kevin Burnett bounced off the quarterback. Luck’s 19-yard touchdown run through an open middle accounted for the game-winning points. C

Special teams

Jacoby Ford returned a pair of kickoffs 47 yards and Phillip Adams had a 5-yard punt return and a fair catch. Marquette King had only a 29.0 net on two punts. Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 38-yard field goal but missed from 48 after going the entire 2012 season without a miss from inside the 50. Nothing game-changing here, but nothing terrible, either. Grade: C


Dennis Allen had his team ready to play. They’ve clearly filtered out all the talk about their weak roster and seem to have a belief they can compete with anyone. Offensive coordinator Greg Olson’s game plan was a nice mixture of read option with passing plays that play to Pryor’s strengths. The makeshift offensive line fared well. Defensive coordinator Jason Tarver dialed up enough “active’’ players to keep Luck off-balance after a strong start. Grade: B


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • jesusraiderjim

    September 9th, 2013 at 11:35 am
    Tim Tebow offered a 3yr deal from(finish statement)

    The Church of the Myopic Fan

  • Bigmike34

    1) what is wrong with Tebow?…Based on what we got now…He runs as well as Pryor and throws a little better…and is just as Big.

    I will say this…Pryor Looks like RG111…at least the RG111 that is playing tonight.

    I AGREE WITH the others that say we should and will beat Jacksonville….Mortal lock …AS LONG AS PRYOR DOESN’T MAKE TOO MANY MISTAKES..