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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

Coaching:

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

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  • spiff

    they say pryor was crying in the locker room. gotta like that kind of passion.

  • http://repealitnow.org MistaBrown

    Inone, when you go to the Doc to get your prostate checked he is going to find your head.

  • spiff

    the one sack was created because pryor stumbled out of the snap.

  • guest123

    Hooray I can post!

    When will THEY EVER fix this dern !#@$ software!!!

  • Dakota

    Crying in the locker room?

  • inonewordraider

    MistaBrown Says:
    September 9th, 2013 at 10:39 am
    Did you see a comment from one of the Colts? He said he just ran 5.3 miles chasing Pryor. If the O-line was blocking anybody would he be running 5.3 miles? You cant be this stupid.

    You agree and disagree on run blocking? Pull your head out!
    __________

    your basing your assessment for barnes play on a quote by a colts dlineman that he had to chase pryor around?

    proof the public education system in this country is horrible

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Where pryor must improve

    pryor is off to a good start as a starting qb, there are two areas he must improve most in order to catapult his game and the team to the next level.

    Pryor through his first two starts breaks down like this

    cmp 55.9% 3 td pass 372 yards 1 int

    rush 1 td 163 yards

    4 tds vs 3 turn overs and these numbers are better than many former and current nfl qbs through their first two starts.

    However pryor must improve in learning when to be conservative. For example his first interception. On the snap brisell or wiz was beaten inside and ended up in pryors lap just as pryor started his throwing motion. pryor noticed this and idnt step in and stopped his throwing motion, this should have been were pryor either eats a sack or tries to do something with his feet. Instead pryor double clutched and launched the ball anyway using only his arm because he couldnt step forward through the collapsing interior of the pocket. the ball fluttered and was picked. he needs to be patient, and he wasnt on this play.

    on the sack at the end of the game, he tried to get around two colts as they blasted through the left side of the line with instant pressure, pryor should have hit his outlets, or thrown it away.

    pryor has to learn when to foldem so to speak, this will come with experience. when pryor learns this part of the game he will be even more dangerous.

    he reminds me very much of a young john elway. Elway was mistake prone and lost nearly as many games as he won in the final minutes by making huge mistakes trying to make the big play. Pryor is the same way so far.

    pryor completed 65% of his passes yesterday for an eye popping 11 yards per completion. He is always looking to throw down field, he now needs to trust his team mates and take some of the check downs and underneath plays when things arent opening deep. he must remember that dmac reece or any of our wrs are capable of taking short passes a very long distance in a hurry. pryor accounted for 320 of the raiders 372 yards on offense. we need the other play makers to make plays as well.

    If pryor can play with a cooler head and at times just take what the defense gives him he will be a great player and go down as one of our greatest ever in silver and black.

    At the moment we are certain this team is not good and pryor needs to be nearly perfect to win.

  • http://www.AmyTraskshouldbeonmountrushmore.com Whats a Drexl?

    SAN FRANCISCO — A football fan fell from an elevated pedestrian walkway and died at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park during the 49ers-Green Bay Packers game.

    San Francisco police spokesman Gordon Shyy (SHY) says multiple people witnessed the man’s fall onto a sidewalk from the Jamestown walkway, which goes around Candlestick.

    According to police, witnesses say the man appeared intoxicated when he fell just after kickoff at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the 49ers’ 34-28 win over the Packers. Off-duty medics and police officers gave him first aid until an ambulance arrived, but the man was declared dead from his injuries.

    Shyy says the man who appeared to be in his 30s suffered serious injuries. It was not immediately clear how many feet he had fallen.

    His identity is being withheld until the medical examiner notifies his family.

    Wow, musta sucked to witness that.

  • RaiderRockstar

    fantasy football:

    I need Arian Foster to outscore Matt Schaub & Santana Moss by 2 points (is that possible?)

    in another league – I need Desean Jackson to score less than 13 points, to hold off my opponent for the win

    tough to know what teams to root for tonight.. anybody but Sandy Eggo!!

  • morilla

    MistaBrown Says:
    September 9th, 2013 at 10:31 am
    It appears you watched the game with your eyes closed. Do you think Pryor was running for his life just to keep his legs loose or do you think it was a jail break that lasted 4 quarters?
    ___________

    Spiff Says:
    September 9th, 2013 at 10:29 am

    it looked to me like barnes did a good job on mathis ,was I seeing things.

    ———————————————-

    That’s b.s. . It wasn’t a jailbreak the whole game. Watch it again. He had at least 3 seconds a good amount of the time. And the ball should be out by then anyways. The O-line did relatively well for the pieces they have.

  • inonewordraider

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    September 9th, 2013 at 10:47 am
    Where pryor must improve

    pryor is off to a good start as a starting qb, there are two areas he must improve most in order to catapult his game and the team to the next level.
    ___________-
    you’ve been critical of olson during the preseason, what’s your assessment of olson yesterday?

  • RaiderRockstar

    A football fan fell from an elevated pedestrian walkway and died at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park

    ***

    49er fan, eh?

    anybody seen MR/Dr Bob today ??

  • RaidO

    Pryor is going to save DA’s job

  • http://www.RAIDERS.com Back-n-Black

    spiff Says:
    September 9th, 2013 at 10:41 am

    they say pryor was crying in the locker room. gotta like that kind of passion.
    …….

    that will drive him to get better.

    Line has to get better. Everyone is blaming Pryor for the sack and deserves some of the criticism for not throwing it away, but it looked like a jailbreak from the snap.

    The o-line looked like a turnstile at times yesterday.

    Watson needs to get back.

  • guest123

    fantasy football:

    I need Arian Foster to outscore Matt Schaub & Santana Moss by 2 points (is that possible?)

    in another league – I need Desean Jackson to score less than 13 points, to hold off my opponent for the win

    **********

    Santana Moss is washed up, will put up a zero. It’s really between your Foster and his Scwaub. I like your chances.

    I have the same hate for Desean as you, except I need him to not score 26 pts for the win. I dont feel too comfortable.

  • spiff

    I wanna see how the d-line fare against Denver’s o-line. that will be the measuring stick.

  • guest123

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 9th, 2013 at 10:51 am
    A football fan fell from an elevated pedestrian walkway and died at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park

    ***

    49er fan, eh?

    anybody seen MR/Dr Bob today ??

    *********

    He was only 30 yo. That rules him out. Needs to be at least 40 among other qualifiers I won’t mention.

  • inonewordraider

    spiff Says:
    September 9th, 2013 at 10:55 am
    I wanna see how the d-line fare against Denver’s o-line. that will be the measuring stick.

    __________
    I’m more concerned with our o against a top d

  • No Mas Diamante

    Olson did not have a whole lot of time to design plays suited to Pryor’s skill set. That being said, I hope they are all in with Pryor now and give him the time he needs to get better. And it only will get better. He keeps drives alive and help keep our defense fresh.

    Reese should be the starting HB Mista, but he would also be effective back as a TE. Just get the dude the ball. He is a unique weapon.

  • spiff

    I think on 1st.down on the 8 yard line with 1:48, and 1 time out we should have ran the ball. other than that I thought olsen called a good game.

  • No Mas Diamante

    Streater looked good. He is figuring out how to make himself a target and get open after Pryor scrambles. D. Moore does not look comfortable with this type of offense and hasn’t figured it out. Criner is gone when Holmes comes back.

  • spiff

    inone: yeah that too.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I have the same hate for Desean as you, except I need him to not score 26 pts for the win. I dont feel too comfortable.

    ***

    @G123

    this is a “statement game” for Vick. I hope the Skins double up on DJax and leave that racist white dude Riley Cooper uncovered instead – or maybe they just pound it with McCoy?

    I don’t know – just keep the rock out of Jackson’s hands please. Dude scares me

  • Raider Riff

    Shutdown is pointing out some possible disingenuous on TP2s part.

    Some of it a Lil warranted maybe. But for now, let’s give TP the benefit of the doubt.

    Although, shutdowns points will be noted for further reference.

  • No Mas Diamante

    We should have used Reece in that situation Spiff.

  • inonewordraider

    pryor threw the game winning td, problem is dmac couldn’t drag his feet

  • Raider Riff

    RaidO Says:
    September 9th, 2013 at 10:52 am
    Pryor is going to save DA’s job

    +———-

    Ironic ain’t it?

  • RaiderRan

    spiff Says:
    September 9th, 2013 at 10:41 am

    they say pryor was crying in the locker room. gotta like that kind of passion.
    ============
    Actually, no, you don’t.
    Cry when your kid is born.
    Cry when you get picked in the draft.
    Cry when you lose someone.

    but cry after a loss?
    Anyway you spin it, being an emotional wreck in the locker room, after a loss, is not what leaders do.

    Just saying.

  • No Mas Diamante

    D-line played much better than I expected. Much Better.

  • RaiderRockstar

    DMo17 made more plays than YOU PEOPLE give him credit for yesterday..

    Rod Streater is the #1 WR though.

    Moore might actually lead the team in TD catches (again) as JFB predicted. He’s off to a good start, in that aspect

  • RaidO

    I think DMAC may be scared of getting his foot hurt again. He lost a step.

    All he does is run straight. No jukes, stutter steps, or cuts.

    Raiders need to bring in another RB.
    TP needs help.

  • No Mas Diamante

    That was a nice pass to McFadden there.

  • spiff

    I broke my foot in February, it’s still rehabbing, but I think I can beat mastrud in a race right now.

  • No Mas Diamante

    Crazy that Pryor is the leading rusher in the league right now.

  • Raider Riff

    430.

    He will also lead the team in drops and lazy routes.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Attn: Semi Pros

    that Robert Mathis sack is not in any of the highlight clips I’ve seen. not sure why (huge play!) but I would like to re-watch it, if any of you cats can find it …

  • RaidingTexas

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:

    Pryor through his first two starts breaks down like this

    cmp 55.9% 3 td pass 372 yards 1 int

    ——————————————

    I think you’re shortchanging him on INTs.

  • No Mas Diamante

    George Bush senior could beat Mastrud in a race… lol

  • RaiderRan

    I’m hoping Pryor realizes that everytime he takes off running, he’s fair game, and nothing defenses like more than taking out the qb.

    After watching the Raider game, watched the Niner game, and noticed the difference in Kap staying in the pocket, and when he got out of the pocket, he went down early, instead of later, avoiding hits.

    Harbaugh even made some comment about how he’s instructed Kap not to run, whenever possible.
    Save’s the qb that way.

    If Pryor goes down, can you even imagine Flynn in?
    He would be a sitting duck.

  • SnBG

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 9th, 2013 at 11:04 am
    DMo17 made more plays than YOU PEOPLE give him credit for yesterday..

    Rod Streater is the #1 WR though.

    Moore might actually lead the team in TD catches (again) as JFB predicted. He’s off to a good start, in that aspect
    LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL
    But he didn’t run very well and it wasn’t the lines fault and now you can’t blame it on the ZBS. Dude is done.

  • RaiderRockstar

    TP2 is Mr Clutch

    how many awesome plays did he make on 3rd & 4th down (when he had to) yesterday?

    holy smokes. this kid is the opposite of Carson Palmer

  • RaiderRan

    Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:

    Pryor through his first two starts breaks down like this
    ==========
    He’s had one start.

    You aren’t really adding in the preseason game?

    Who does that? Why?

  • Thec

    SNBG, whats going on Bruh? Did you buy my lid yet? lol

  • RaiderRockstar

    But he didn’t run very well and it wasn’t the lines fault and now you can’t blame it on the ZBS. Dude is done.

    ***

    @SnBG

    u talking about #20 ??

    if so I agree with you. trade him to the Giants

  • RaiderRan

    No Mas Diamante Says:
    September 9th, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Crazy that Pryor is the leading rusher in the league right now.
    ===========
    recipe for disaster

  • Plunketthead

    Good old MontePoole
    had his hate on early before having to shut it

    On that Indy TD drive, #Raiders DB Tracy Porter looked a lot like Oakland’s 2012 cover men: Lost and unable. Colts take early 7-0 lead.

    Monte Poole
    #Raiders “new and improved” def carved up by Andrew Luck (5-for-5, 63 yards, TD) on Indy’s opening drive.

    MontePoole
    If it were possible to have higher QB rating than 158.3, #Colts QB Andrew Luck would post one today vs #Raiders. Indy 14, Oak 0.

  • Thec

    I thought the hot dog guy had zero swivel and , yacability however the mustard dude is the slower than me.

  • RaiderRockstar

    @Thec

    JFORD sucks, still

    print that

    #smurf12homelessbyage30

  • guest123

    I’m not worried about DMC so much. I realize he struggled to get his YPC up, but the big thing that is new (to me?) is that he has the boom! play sprinkled in. Just ride him and be patient and boom! that TD that wasn’t in the corner of the endzone pylon. Those kind of money plays are going to open up in this new offense. The defense is never in its comfort zone with TP2 back there winging it and running around.

  • No Mas Diamante

    Patchwork O- line can’t compare fairly to SF’s. Pathos played well. Might hold on to that spot if Watson takes over LT. Looking forward to Veldheer coming back.