McDonald grades Raiders off Chargers game

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


Steve Corkran

  • MistaBrown

    He was the one taking peoples screen names under the old format

  • _Mista_

    Post Beckers email right now so they can get on it.

  • Raider_Riff

    No body of work? hahahahhahahahahahah


  • the pryor fan dr robert

    I really do own many of ur little minds. Posting all my posts and the impostors posts pretending to be my actual posts, spending so much time on me.

    Just say my name.

    Lol. Classic. I’m Darth Vader.

  • the hypogonadism dr robert

    do I ever get tired of saying stupid things?


    the famous dr
    robert Says:

    August 25th, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Re: qb

    If DA starts Flynn, he can yank him at any time and go with Pryor. Then go
    back if he wants.

    But if he starts Pryor, he has to go with him first few games.

    Season could be a disaster by then.

    No way he can gamble on a guy who has always sucked and had a good 9 pass

    That’s nuts.

    Flynn is the starter. I guarantee it.

    and I’m never wrong.

  • _Mista_

    I told you guys SeyGlenn666 was a loon now you are seeing it.

    Complete meltdown!

  • MistaBrown
  • Raider_Riff

    Gimme a synopsis…

    Fear and respect for Pryor?

    Or Dr Roberta style whining and excuse making?

  • MistaBrown

    jbecker@bayareanewsgroup.com find out for yourselves

  • RealTruRaider

    Stick to your one liners about Mista, thats all you got man and they are actually funny sometimes

  • the pryor fan dr robert

    Lol. I’m all these guys think about. Pretty sure I keep them up at night.

    It’s a blog. Lmao.

  • MistaBrown

    stop talking the lime light off of yourself you love this stuff


    Seems like that’s Pryor’s philosphy as well as Churchill’s.

  • MistaBrown

    I thought you were on the down low like Mista

  • Raider_Riff

    Darth Vader is cool.

    You are not.

  • the hypogonadism dr robert

    u are too stoooopid for words, lol

    · the famous dr robert Says:

    August 24th, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Raider E Says:

    August 24th, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Doesn’t change their body of work much.


    Changes their “body of work” drastically, Rob.

    Pryor is now a 80 QB rating, and Flynn is a 70.

    I still say small sample size, but this time you can agree with me.

    I own you.


    U own me?

    Only stupid people think they
    own someone on a blog.

  • MistaBrown

    you stop talking to me and guess what!!

    I will stop talking to you WOW what a concept

  • http://raiders.com/ whoknows

    Respect for pryor and the raiders whining that rivers has no help

  • RealTruRaider

    Your just the entertainment (not like a stripper, but more like a clown), everybody just loves to laugh at you, tells us again how you would leave the blog if Pryor ever started??? LMFAO!!! (like a hyena)

  • MistaBrown

    No meltdown just a dose of reality for those of you who want the truth jbecker@bayareanewsgroup.com find out for yourselves

  • seymour bush

    Let’s see. About the Pryor debate, the guys on my side: Rich Gannon, Jon Gruden, Kurt Warner, Dan Fouts, and the rest of the entire NFL. On your side: some drunks from the black hole. The moral of the story: even a fallen down drunk finds some swill in the bottom of a random bottle every once in a while.

  • MaddenRaider

    Big hugs to Robert and Alex. Must be rough. First Pryor has an excellent game and wins big, with a 135.7 rating to boot, then their golden boy is cut. Ouch.

  • Raider_Riff

    Call in and let them know they should sign Flynn. We’ll throw in his stalker as part of the compensation.

    Having Flynn on your team is proven to turn the rest of your squad around. He’s 3 for 3 in his career.

  • RealTruRaider

    Yeah, that fool is creepin on me now, what a clown

  • Raider_Riff

    I dont care for Roberta/Alexis well being at all.

    But I do feel for his imaginary wife. He probably beat the hell out of him last night after the game.

  • MistaBrown

    yeah you are so special LOOK everyone how special RealTruehomo is

    clowns be creepin on you cuz you so down low big fella

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    new format same old cross posters


    I, Me, and Myself?

  • Jonathan V.

    If the raids sign pat white IMO he’d be a huge upgrade over Flynch. Just got done watching some preseason tape of him with the foreskins and he runs the pistol, read option and their offense just as well as rg3 does. Might not be polished as a passer but from what little I’ve seen he has some zip and accuracy if I’m buffalo I’d try to offer him something more to sign cause we could possiblibly sign him this week. But I’d take mcgloin over Carr if it came too it

  • The Big Banana

    Lol at the hyena bit. I remember that.

  • _Mista_

    email becker and demand he fix it

  • MaddenRaider

    Can someone point to any game’s highlights which show that I should be scared of Flynn coming back to haunt us?

  • MaddenRaider

    And A’s! It’s all town bidness today.

  • MistaBrown

    I did and you are still here

    Hence the vigilante brigade

  • _Mista_

    Your obviously a genius.


  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    houston by far is our best defensive player, and has shown me that he is better than I gave him credit for as a pass rushing d end.

    he is saying pryor “hes the heart of a champion” and falls in line, the rest of the team surely will

  • MaddenRaider

    Get help.

  • RealTruRaider

    lol, this fool has issues, he really got his feelings hurt on a blog or some schit smh

  • MistaBrown

    stupid libtard mope and change

  • MistaBrown

    all you had to do was not talk to me just remember you started it


    Didn’t mean to expose you MR.

  • http://raiders.com/ Crawfish Joe

    Good call by Mark Davis.
    Start Pryor
    Cut Flynn
    Davis does indeed have some football acumen.
    Next directive: build the team around Pryor.
    It’s on.

  • MistaBrown

    RealTrue is on the down low did you give him your big banana?

  • _Mista_

    Becker alerted the authorities and still laughing at you for being a retarded loon?

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    While Pryor’s starting the last game of 2012 was indeed Mark’s call, Pryor’s starting THIS year was Reggie and DA’s call.



  • MistaBrown

    Like I said (and I even provided the email address like you asked) I asked Becker to stop you from taking peoples screen names he knew you had over 30 and said he could not do anything about your trolling.

    SO I TOOK YOUR NAME!!! How does it feel?

  • _Mista_


  • spiff

    future wins……. kc sunday, steelers, eagles , jets, chiefs, chargers.
    pick games …….. giants , Texans, cowboys. Denver, if the bronco’s clinch home field by week 15 .

  • seymour bush

    You’re criticizing others intelligence? While you spell you’re wrong? You have to be the dullest tool in the tool box. And I will bet you can’t spell box if some spotted you the b AND the x.