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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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  • lefty12

    So did a lot of professional analysts.Give the kid credit for working and proving so many wrong.Doesn’t mean the are haters.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Nobody knew what the condition of the second pick was, and people were accusing Reggie of blowing “PICKS” on Flynn. Now we know it was just one.

  • Carl weathers

    Great game last night, Pryor looked real compoised! ;)
    Cant wait till our Oline is healthy.

    LMAO @ Flynn getting cut.

    Victory Monday and almost a grand in my pocket for it too. Raiders paid 3:1 and I hit doubles with the under!

  • Raider_Riff

    The 6 million wasted on Doc Slob’s lover Flynn coulda been spent on Usi or another DE.

    Dang. Missed opportunity.

  • SnBG

    Hey man, take the win and celebrate. It’s good to win one.

  • lefty12

    When Cable was coach.

  • Raider_Riff

    Hey Carl, what is your email?

  • KoolKell

    Did you notice Flynch was released today, dummy?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Haven’t trolled ‘Bolts from the Blue’ yet. We were the ‘reeling’ Raiders they were supposed to handle easily to get a feel for where they were as a team. Hah!

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    Dang, Brahs!

    The Dodger Blue Wreckin’ Krew is starting Kershaw tonight on 3 dayz rest. Shout out to Fernando Mania, se habla espanol?

    It’s goin’ down at the Ravine, my girlfriend Angela is securing the luxury box right now, probably hit Morton’s for the Dawg’s pre game rib eye

    Although if these Bucco Di Beppo meatballs don’t come out in a fantastic watery poo landslide, there will be little room to pack more cow

    WHUT WHUT N THE POOTBUTT

  • R8erEduc8er

    A fifth rounder + $6.5 mil (Flynn) + ~$750K (Pryor) = nothing for 2 qbs in today’s NFL. This is why RM was able to take the risk with Flynn. I had no problems with the trade at the time…Flynn had 2 great games in GB and a decent preseason in Seattle and Pryor was too raw to hand over the keys. Competition was need. Flynn s*cked beyond belief in this year’s preseason…that’s when I was done with him.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Been quite a while, bru. How you doing?

  • loyal

    3-3 would be a major accomplishment. I don’t see how we win the west. But 3-3 = hope and wouldn’t it be nice to be looking at our wild card scenarios in Nov and Dec (for a change).

  • SnBG

    Please ,Al would not have got these players to be good. This coaching staff is though. Al sucked.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Link?

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Oh. Okay.
    Maybe you ought to be posting that after those people.
    We didn’t know the whole details of the deal but we pretty much knew that one pick was for sure and the other was conditional on Flynn being n the roster in 2015.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    You had no problems with the trade at the time?
    Man I did and came on here and slammed it.
    Didn’t like the idea of picking up a QB who was beat out in the third game pre-season by a rookie.

  • RelentlessIV

    i thought Ricky Nolasco was starting tonite.

  • Raider_Riff

    I think Doc Slob is trying to sign up for ESPN Insider right now. Hopefully his mom lets him use the credit card.

    http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/nfl/rumors/post?id=13459

  • Raider_Riff
  • Raider_Riff

    fvck off.

  • loyal

    Bleacher Report has the Raiders ranked #28 and the Chargers #16 (after last nights game). Someone please explain to me how that works.

  • HGDaddy

    stats, stats, stats and more stats…

    Adam Levitan ‏@adamlevitan51m
    Terrelle Pryor currently ranks 5th in completion percentage (68.3%), 6th in YPA (8.13), 8th in QB rating (97.6). Plus 57.2 rushing yards/gm.

  • R8erEduc8er

    What would you have done with the QB situation? Give the keys blindly to Pryor? I’d agree to that if we’d play Pryor more than one game last year. I think he should have at least started the last 3 games of 2012. That’s where the mistake was imo.

  • HGDaddy

    they’re trying to close the series out early.

  • MachoManRandySavage

    The D got the turnovers that sealed the deal, but tell if it doesnt worry you to see the pre-snap caos they have going on. Either they dont know what to do or they dont agree or everybody looks around shouting by design. It worries me.

  • Raiders for Life

    Levi Damien ‏@LeviDamien7m
    Dennis Allen just announced #Raiders will be adding Andre Holmes to the roster

  • RelentlessIV

    Its just hate. The same way we get no coverage after a win. SD wins and they get coverage. We beat SD and its all hush hush.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    That’ll teach you to waste time sparring with nurse. Your sarcasm detector got thrown out of adjustment.

  • kenchun24

    A’s and Tigers benches clearing for a tussle lol

  • Just Fire Baby

    I am sure that I just ordered a Terrelle Pryor jersey on NFL.com

  • RelentlessIV

    Ok awesome. Last night I saw Ricky scheduled but if Clayton is starting might as well call it a win. NLCS here comes the Dodger blue!

  • kenchun24

    They don’t watch the games (Colts,Skins,Donks,Jags, and last nights) Raiders doing fine with what they got. And can get better will some healthy returns from hurt dudes.

  • RelentlessIV

    Stl winning 2-0

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    TAKIN THIS JAM 2 THA NEXT LEVEL
    Orel Hershizer Style

    WHUT WHUT

  • seymour bush

    Don’t tell me to fukk off you POS.

  • http://Raiders.com/ Dan78

    They are Flynnished….

  • RelentlessIV

    Goodbye juron criner.

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    I can explain it. Only goobers get their panties twisted over Bleacher Report.

    HIP HOP N U JUST DONT STOP

  • lefty12

    No need to cut him.

  • Theghostronin79

    not necessarily…..Holmes taking Flynn’s spot.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Just opinion. And like polls, it changes daily.

  • AbusedByAl

    I just read that Flynn was released!! I would say that’s the best news of the season!!

    I am fairly convinced this was not just about this one game, but probably his acting after it (“I think I saw the field pretty well”) called into question his attitude and commitment and just sealed his fate. Good that management decided to pull the plug on this bum, even though it cost us a lot of money.

    I sincerely hope the starting QB circus is now FINALLY settled in favor of TP for at least the rest of this season!

  • RelentlessIV

    Oh yeah. I forgot we released that trash. He’ss only an after thought now. Can’t wait to see what Holmes brings to the table.

  • MachoManRandySavage

    Yeah, cutting Flynn is a damn shame. The team invested a lot of time and resources into this kid. Now the team decides he cant help the team? Waste of resources.

  • plunkhead

    A’s in four

  • seymour bush

    So. We released Carson Palmer too. And he has a winning record in arguably the best division in football. And we don’t have a winning record. Even tho imbeciles like yourself said it’s all about winning.

  • Theghostronin79

    yeah, I like Holmes… Need more sure targets out there.

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    The Dawg’s opinion is that you got destroyed in the American Revolution.

  • kenchun24

    A’s win!