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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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  • The_Judge37

    Commitment To Excellence

  • The_Judge37

    Just Win Baby

  • The_Judge37

    Team of the Decades

  • The Big Banana

    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.

    —–

    There it is. Best QB since Gannon? Certainly the best performance since Gannon. Keep building on it.

  • The_Judge37

    %66 of the time, we win every time.

  • The Big Banana

    Lol at the Pryor haters, trolls, and bigots…

    Dr B00b
    Alex7
    Zymurge
    bigmike34
    Seymour Bush

  • Just Fire Baby

    Flynn had to be a giant douchebag for the team to sour on him this quickly after one start.
    Not even going to offer him the SLIGHT chance of a 2nd chance.

  • inonewordraider

    Bill polian ” terell pryor is the most improved player in the nfl”

  • The_Judge37

    Taiwan Jones forced that Muffed Punt by Royal.

  • The_Judge37

    Speed Kills

  • Freakyguy666

    What grade do you give the GM for giving away $6.5mm & a draft pick for Flynn, and wasting a 4th rounder on Wilson who was also cut? IF THE GM WAS TRULY GOOD AT RECOGNIZING TALENT HE WOULD HAVE REALIZED HE ALREADY HAD A GREAT QB RIGHT UNDER HIS NOSE!

    FIRE REGGIE NOW!

  • JOn Wooah

    Josh
    Dubow ‏@JoshDubowAP
    11h

    Pryor’s 135.7 rating highest for #Raiders QB since Gannon’s 138.9 9/29/02 vs Tenn

  • JOn Wooah

    for those qb rating loving geeks

  • Just Win Baby

    Upcoming news headline: Matt Flynn signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars – Tim Tebow interviewing at Big Lots.

  • KoolKell

    I wonder what that dummy Greg Papa is saying today?

  • eternal pessimist

    2 wins in five games is 40% … just sayin.

  • JOn Wooah

    Jim
    Trotter ‏@SI_JimTrotter
    15h

    pryor is just clownin’ san diego defenders. wow.

  • JOn Wooah

    lol papa will come up with something like.. I told u lol.. he isnt on today. A’s baseball is on

  • Al_istheRaiders

    where are the flynnstones?

  • The_Judge37

    Sho u right

  • JOn Wooah

    Sounds like whoever controls the NFL espn twitter is a raiders fan

    NFL on
    ESPN ‏@ESPNNFL 15h

    Terrelle Pryor with a SURGICAL 88 yard TD Drive!

  • JOn Wooah

    RT @AdamSchefter: Bill Polian on ESPN’s NFL Insiders on Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor: “He’s improved more than any player I’ve seen.”

  • eternal pessimist

    Flynn was a whiff. you can’t be too upset that a 4th round quarterback isn’t immediately impacting… We all thought he was gonna be a stud at first. Wilson proved us wrong, not reggie.

  • 2romes

    I Don’t think Pryor should have been threatened about Allen interest in talking to Josh. Josh had his chance to start and Allen knew he would be a better back up right now than Flyyn or Mcgloin. I know it may seem like Pryor was threatened but I think coach Allen had to give Josh a look to see if he could get a good deal done.

  • JOn Wooah

    Thank u Al !!!!! “Greatness of the Raidahs is in its future”

  • Just Fire Baby

    DA doesn’t make those calls, it was on Reggie to initiate it all.
    DA was just talking to what might have been one of his future players.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Wonder when the last time was we won back to back division games.
    Surely been years.

  • RaiderCDE

    Greg Papa is a Pryor hater and was suggesting he change positions or be released in the offseason giving the job to Flynn who he called – ‘head and shoulders waaaaaay better than Pryor’. He is on the record saying Pryor will ‘never’ be an NFL QB. So is Cork, btw..

  • Jayhawk_Raider

    How long ago was it that we swept the West? Surely we did it that year…

  • Al_istheRaiders

    about 2…since hue was fired.

  • Just Win Baby

    This is a better team without Derwood McFalldown. Marcel Reece is the best back on this team.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Hue didn’t win back to back division games I do not believe, it was October 2010.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Rashad Jennings, Stewart, Reece and Goodson have all had higher YPC then McFadden the last two years.

  • R8erEduc8er

    I actually had no problem with both decisions at the time. Hindsight is 20/20.

  • Just Win Baby

    I think the Chefs are going down next week, unless Deadweight McFragile plays.

  • The_Judge37

    “He’s not going to get it off,” Greg Olson said, noting the dwindling play clock and not exactly filling the raw quarterback with confidence.

    No matter. Pryor, it turns out, had enough confidence for Olson, his teammates, the coaching staff and practically the whole sold-out O.co Coliseum for Sunday night’s late start.

    “That was hilarious,” Pryor said later. “I actually giggled. He’s crazy.”

    Crazy like a fox. Because all Pryor did was roll right — as he did most of the night — look downfield and spy Brice Butler … for the first time all game.

    From ESPN

  • Just Fire Baby

    No problem with the acquisition, nothing really spent there.
    Did have issue, from day 1, of the restructure an slight pay increase and increase of guarantee’s.
    No need to do that.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Doesn’t seem like Flynn speaks to alot of people on the team. Probably only converse with McGloin and QBs coach.

  • Just Fire Baby

    It was exciting, and a great win under a cool atmosphere and setting.
    But reality has sunk in, and we need to build off it. October wins don’t mean really that much.
    Laying a stink job in KC this weekend will just put us right back to where we were 48 hours ago.
    We seem to play real well there, so I am confident that won’t happen however.

  • the pryor fan dr robert

    me too.

  • The_Judge37

    “It feels like you’re running on concrete,” Pryor said. “It’s very tough.

    “Being in Oakland and understanding it, [the fans] die and they live for the A’s around here in the Bay. That’s big, but at the same time, I’m like, geez, I’m tired of getting tackled on that dirt.”

    Pryor laughed. He could afford to after a victory.

    “I keep slipping on it,” he said. “But hey, if it’s for the A’s to keep slipping on it, I guess I’ll be playing on it. I hope they do well and I want them to win.”
    —-
    For the A’s fans

  • KoolKell

    I’m sure you’d like to TP fail in KC.

  • seymour bush

    Big time win!! This was an overall team W. And it looks like the coaching staff and GM have put together a competitive team ahead of schedule. Now, can we go into KC and put together back to back wins against a quality opponent?

  • The Big Banana

    KC is riding high right now and not quite as good as their record would indicate. I think this Raider team gives them a run for their money, but limiting mistakes will be key against the ketchup & mustard.

  • Raider_Riff

    He cant evaluate QBs. Horrible record so far.

    Flynn is who I knew he was from GB.

  • RaiderCDE

    Even with all the injuries on the Raiders, the Queefs *do not* want to play this team. Pryor is faster than anybody they have on defense, his arm is getting better with every game, and he is ‘really’ starting to see the field. Reece is *finally* involved in the offense and we have proven deep threats – Streater, DMoore, Butler, and even Rivera is primed to go off.

    On defense – we are going to come after Alex ‘pix six’ Smith big time and we will get to him. Our secondary is better than their receivers and we’ve been solid against the run.

    Smells like a Raider upset. Classic queef beat down in arrowhead.

  • the pryor fan dr robert

    anyway, beware the super gay impostor.

    riff is doing his best impression of him now.

    i’m out.

  • The_Judge37

    I agree.

  • Raider_Riff

    Later clown. It’s been fun.

    Keep checking the wire to see when your top-10-QB Flynn gets picked up by the Jags.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Jim Trotter‏@SI_JimTrotter3m

    Flynn trade: Seattle receives Oak’s 5th-round pick in 2014. The 2015 conditional pick (also 5th rd) is voided b/c Flynn not on ’15 roster.see moreShow 1 new reply
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    Sir Raider Duck, OMS ENGLANDRAIDER

    •8 minutes ago

    So it’s ONE pick we gave up, not MULTIPLE picks.see more00

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    It was never multiple picks.
    It was just a 5th in 2014 and a conditional one in 2015 which is what Trotter says.
    What picks are you talking about?