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McDonald grades Raiders off Chargers game

By Steve Corkran
Monday, October 7th, 2013 at 12:44 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Beat writer Jerry McDonald doled out his grades for the Raiders off their performance against the San Diego Chargers in a 27-17 victory Sunday night. Here are McDonald’s grades and analysis:

Passing offense: Terrelle Pryor’s passer rating of 135.7 was the highest for a Raiders quarterback since Rich Gannon had a 138.9 in Week 3 against Tennessee in his 2002 MVP season. Pryor completed his first 10 passes, guided the Raiders to leads of 17-7 an 24-3 and was 18 of 23 for 221 yards and two touchdowns. Put a dagger in San Diego’s comeback with a third-and-14 strike to Brice Butler for 20 yards that set up a field goal and a 10-point fourth-quarter lead. Receivers were sure-handed. Denarius Moore had five catches for 84 yards and a touchdown. Passing game stalled in third quarter.

Grade: B-plus

Rushing offense: Rashad Jennings provided steady gains with 41 yards on 10 carries before leaving with a hamstring strain. Marcel Reece had seven carries for 32 yards playing on a knee strain. Pryor had 11 carries for 31 yards with some nice scrambles but also got trapped for losses. Considering the makeshift offensive line — which held up well — the overall performance was better than expected.

Grade: C-plus

Pass defense: Who said a prevent defense never works? (Note: Not a coach in the league calls it a prevent. It’s called playing ‘coverage’). The Raiders sat on their lead by letting Philip Rivers attack with short throws, allowing him only once (a 51-yard pass to Vincent Brown) to get over the top. Rivers was 36-for-49 for 411 yards, but the Raiders had their first three interceptions of the season (Usama Young, D.J. Hayden, Charles Woodson), the last one putting the game away. Brown (eight receptions in nine targets, 117 yards) killed the Raiders all night.

Grade: B

Rush defense: San Diego had just 19 yards on 32 carries with no gain longer than five yards. Danny Woodhead had 9 yards on 13 carries, Ronnie Brown 11 yards on seven carries and Ryan Mathews eight yards on three carries before leaving with a concussion. Kevin Burnett (14 tackles) forced a Woodhead fumble that Woodson returned 25 yards for a touchdown. Only three of 27 first downs came on the ground.

Grade: A

Special teams: Marquette King punted six times for a 49.5 yard average and a 42.7 net with a long of 64 yards. One of his highest kicks was muffed by Eddie Royal, with Chimdi Chekwa recovering and Sebastian Janikowski converting a 49-yard field goal for a 17-0 lead. Janikowski recovered from a mini-slump with 49- and 50-yard field goals, the latter which iced the game and came off the infield dirt. Nothing special on returns for either team.

Grade: B

Coaching: The game plan of offensive coordinator Greg Olson had the Chargers on their heels to start, first by dialing up a 44-yard first-play touchdown to Rod Streater after a turnover and then a methodical 13-play, 88-yard touchdown drive where Pryor was 7-for-7 — one of the best Raiders scoring drives in recent memory. Maddening as it was to see all those passing yards by Rivers, Jason Tarver’s strategy of playing loose and allowing underneath yards ultimately paid dividends with three interceptions. Coach Dennis Allen had a team ravaged by injury, particularly on the offensive line, prepared to play and win.

Grade: A

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  • nolimits3333

    What? After bringing in Flynn to be the starter and wasting millions on him.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    There aren’t any.

  • MistaBrown

    As long as you are here I will be here. When you are gone I will go

    Pretty simple

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    You’re not wrong there Mistic.
    Vote them down.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Yes, because after preseason Week 3 v Chicago, it was obvious to EVERYONE that Flynn was not the answer. Going to Pryor was more a case of “OK, what’s our next-best option?” Fortunately, it worked out.

  • MEX_GHOST

    If you want to be afraid watch the game GB vs Detroit with Flynn at QB 2 years ago, it´s the only evidence.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    New post

  • MistaBrown

    He is the biggest hypocrite on the blog he was ranting and raving about cross posters and come to find out he was the one hijacking the screen names all this time

  • _Mista_

    Suit yourself fktard.

    You are a sick man with no friends, family, or life.

  • RealTruRaider

    Give it a rest man, did I hurt your poor feelings that bad on a sports blog that you’re going to follow me around every time I post???

  • spiff

    amen…… build around pryor. find a young horse of a rb, build a pass rush, dominate.

  • 10centsworth

    I can point to reasons his name should never be on this blog again. that work?

  • MistaBrown

    I asked you kindly to not talk to me and what did you do?

    blame yourself for acting stupid and taking it in the back door

  • spiff

    Oakland 24 – kc 17.

  • 10centsworth

    collapse them…for your OWN benefit if they bother you that much.
    It also collapses the feeders they thrive on. Equal nonsense.

  • MEX_GHOST

    People! I need a Raider cartoon pissing on an arrow head.

  • 10centsworth

    Interesting. Two voices coming out of one head. At the very least…one mindset. Interesting. I guess they take turns playing ventriloquist and dummy.

  • MistaBrown

    me mista and dr robert are the same person

  • 10centsworth

    Add Jerry to that mix. Not an A for the offense? For Pryor? Sorry, Mac, its obvious your standards aren’t that high.

  • RealTruRaider

    You’re a much better mista troll, just try to stick with that

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Flynn had one good game and one outstanding game spot-starting for GB. However, it’s now obvious that he didn’t do anything that most NFL backups couldn’t also do, given the Packers’ superior roster and gameplan.

  • 10centsworth

    The “Lawg” a euphemism for the last of your brains?

  • 10centsworth

    The moral? You talking about you…or them?

  • 10centsworth

    o?

  • spiff

    don’t we always win at arrowhead ?

  • MistaBrown

    Like I said keep your comments out of my way and you wont have to deal with me or continue to act like a douche and we will see

  • mikeschoice

    Jerry post best passer rating since rich gannon over 10 years ago in MVP season and gives Pryor a B+???????
    Hate to be his kid………..

  • 10centsworth

    You know what, prognosticator. YOU “build”. I’m gonna enjoy this season. Why not come along for the ride and can the “intellect” for 3 months. That reasonable or do we have to have the blog idiots AND the guys tearing this team apart to deal with all season? Make sense? Well try it anyway.

  • KoolKell

    You’re a damned liar.

  • 10centsworth

    Hate to be him. “oh, I’m a reporter. I’m objective. I just call them as I see them.”
    Yeah. You, kawasakisan, the bleeder over in SF and that paragon of integrity, Monte the Departed, hooray. Scribes here hated Al Davis because…his business was his business and that didn’t write their columns for them. They looked at NY scribes with hanging out tongues as they watched George “the mouth” Steinbrenner write the columns for the E.Coast leeches. I got no respect for these ilk as “reporters”. Pen and notebook in hand, waiting for the crumbs to fall a table.

  • fingersrdrs

    Saw a lot of improvement in Pryor, the WR’s , defense and play calling….very good win… And much needed by us fans..

  • 10centsworth

    Now if we could see an improvement in the fans on this blog. Ten point lead and the sisters are wringing their hands, bemoaning, gloom and dooming.
    If I may, fellow Raiders. Get on board. BE A RAIDER, not some vicarious loving, objective prove to yourself genius…WHILE THE GAME IS ON. Idiocy. Clap. Get up on your feet and HOWWWLLLLLL. Yeah, there were moments this game demanded it and here they were. “oh, I got a bad feeling…”. “Oh, I’ve seen this before…”.
    CRAP. I understand WHY after the last ten years. Doesn’t mean it can be excused. Just my opinion.

  • 10centsworth

    Lore relative to this statement. 60000 fans, in the seventies. You start with this…dialogue…in the middle of the game, you would have been thrown off the top deck.
    ATTITUDE, fellow Raiders. Strut it. BE IT. Not whiny, sniveling bioches EVEN when we are winning? Please.

  • 10centsworth

    Down voter, know this. I’m proud I’m a different RAIDER than you. I’m not asking you to be stupid. I’m asking you to STOP being stupid.

  • the hypogonadism dr robert

    pssst? Don’t tell anyone ur slob and alex. let the few who don’t know it figure it out on their own.
    oh, and don’t forget to reply with a “I’m everyone”.
    some just come to expect it.
    don’t disappoint, MR

  • the hypogonadism dr robert

    the other dr robert leaves, and MR shows up?
    shocking.
    no, really

  • fingersrdrs

    Moore looks like he’s becoming the WR we thought he might be…Moore and Look like they are developing some communication….glad his slumps over..

  • fingersrdrs

    Raiders 27….Chefs 24…

  • fingersrdrs

    My only problem with your opinion is it should have gone in the comment box instead of a reply to my comment…. My comment was a positive comment… Im tired of the constant negativity as …we all see the samethings… We just have different opinions of what we see….as far as ” what kind of Raider fan you are ” i can only say good for you’… Not my place to assign anybodys Raider status as a Raider fan…

  • 10centsworth

    I apologize to you personally if I caused you umbrage. It was not aimed at you, in particular. However, I see total relevance to posting it under a comment that refers to the team and fans…and what they are bringing to our sense of being Raiders. My consciousness of that stems from when WE loved being BEHIND with two minutes left…and the ball in Stablers hands. NOW. We are up by ten in the last quarter and the blog has hand wringers and doom and gloomers sprouting all over the place. Excuse me, that is not only distractive…it is not Raider attitude, in the least. IMO, of course. BTW, I find no problem with your posts or you “correcting” me when you think I’m coming out of left field. I’m aware I come from another generation and my sense of irony, joking and even, dare I say it, good taste are different from many on here.

  • fingersrdrs

    No need to apologize….im from the old school Raider fan that i never give up…i mentioned we all see the samethings but a lot of us have different opinions of what we see… I think your post would have had more impact in the comment box or after a post that was negative….in anycase im not offended .. I see positive signs in our team and like the direction the Raiders are headed…its a lot like politics in here sometimes , im still learning to just roll with it..

  • fingersrdrs

    10cents… Im not saying i dont agree with you…just kinda surprised me cause i tend to look at positives and not dwell on negatives…and weve seen way to much negative over the last decade or more…

  • soulsearcher1022

    Our defense can exploit Alex Smith, especially if all he does is throw the short to mid range stuff all day. The guy has a history of questionable decisions, and we should be able to blitz more if necessary. Our D could have a huge day Sunday.

  • http://charlesmalloy.com/ Chas Malloy

    Raiders need a mistake free game in KC Sunday….along with QB sacks at the start of the game, bring the heat and smith will fade.

  • 10centsworth

    Hey. To me my admiration for Al Davis is not just allowing me to find this team, and grow with it. Not as an outsider, not as a vicarious thrill seeker, objective second guesser.
    We were allowed to be a part of the team, an integral part of THAT team.

    No. My greatest respect for Al Davis was his status in this nation’s culture as an INDIVIDUAL. Just maybe the supreme individual in a business sense. Yet look at the cohesion he built. Look at the players who came in here and for no other reason alone than RAIDER ATTITUDE…became better players.
    I’m trying, in my inadequate way. to represent that on here and somehow get across to you younger guys…that it is a real, vibrant, encompassing reality…and emotion. this thread is based on pointing a finger…yes, I’m doing that…at whining and sniveling that undermine that attitude…WHILE WE ARE WINNING, for pete’s sake.