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McDonald grades Raiders performance against Giants

Here is how beat writer Jerry McDonald graded the Raiders based off their performance against the New York Giants on Sunday in a 24-20 loss:

Passing offense: Other than a 23-yard hookup from Terrelle Pryor to Denarius Moore on a third-down play that wound up only leading to a field goal, it was a lot of nothing. Moore dropped at least two passes. Pryor was off-target (11 of 26, 122 yards) and threw an interception that was returned 65 yards by Terrell Thomas that swung the game in favor of the Giants for good. Starting wideout Rod Streater caught one pass for six yards.

Grade: F

New York Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle, left, catches a touchdown pass as Oakland Raiders cornerback Mike Jenkins (21) defends on the play during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. ((AP Photo/Bill Kostroun))

Rushing offense: Rashad Jennings finished with 20 carries for 88 yards and had 9 carries for 55 yards in the first half. The only other ballcarrier was Pryor, who was hobbled with a right MCL sprain and carried five times for a season-low 19 yards. Jennings ran hard and well for the second straight week and deserves more carries even when Darren McFadden returns. The Raiders ran pretty well against a defense that had been stout against the run.

Grade: B

Pass defense: Whether it was the swirling wind or the swirling defenders occasionally at his feet, Eli Maning was 11 of 22 for 140 yards and one touchdown, a perfectly thrown 5-yard pass to Reuben Randle, who was actually covered pretty well by Mike Jenkins. Safety Usama Young, barely used against Philadelphia, had a sack and breakup. Tracy Porter became the first player to pick off both Manning brothers and take it to the house with a 43-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Grade: B

Rush defense: Andre Brown, in his first game back after a broken leg, rushed 30 times for 115 yards. New York rushed for 133 yards overall but needed 38 carries to get them. Brown seemed to get a lot of yards after first contact. The Giants didn’t exactly shred the Raiders but did manage eight rushing first downs.

Grade: B-minus

Special teams: Taiwan Jones, one of the Raiders’ best gunners in years, forced a Jerrel Jernigan fumble and then recovered it on the opening kickoff, setting up the Raiders first touchdown. The Raiders regrettably gave it back a short time later when an unblocked middle resulted in blocked punt and a Giants touchdown from Cooper Taylor. Jones was explosive on his two kickoff returns with a 38.5 average. The Raiders had a partially blocked punt as well. Blocked punt for touchdown spoils what could have been a top-line effort.

Grade: C

Coaching: The Raiders were ready to play, got a quick touchdown and effort was not a question. Defensive game plan was sound, but on offense, with Pryor not himself with an MCL sprain, the Raiders seemed to too often outsmart themselves instead of putting the game in the hands of Jennings. Hindsight says run the ball on second-and-goal from the 1 instead of failed play-action. Also left out was Marcel Reece, who never carried the ball and looked good when he caught it, particularly on a 16-yard gain on a screen pass.

Grade: C-minus

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  • Dakota

    Well you have a player with great speed and size. Why just give up on those known attributes simply because he fails at another position? Why not try it? But I am sure he will hold out to play QB, so probably a moot point anyhow.

  • GhostToThePost

    oh
    got it.
    If he played basketball, now he’s a WR in the NFL??

    You slow in some way we should know about?
    Besides you hanging on Pryor’s sack?

  • GhostToThePost

    Again, saying many here believe you just “make a guy a receiver”.
    That if he fails at qb, he’s a shoe-in.
    Catching a pass doesn’t mean he’s a receiver.
    I can catch a pass.
    So can you.
    So can DHB, lol
    sometimes.

  • 2romes

    Welcome. Matt could not make 3rd string on other teams so some may think he fit the Raiders profile.

  • lefty12

    Thanks

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    I am on record on this blog today as saying bench TP only if his knee is unsound. (he’s supposed to be having an MRI today). If it’s a bad enough sprain, don’t put him on the field so that he winds up tearing it like RG3.
    If he can’t run, put in McGloin this week. It does two things–allows TP to heal and gets our back up (who I am thinking will be our back up next year as well) some reps. We aren’t going to the playoffs anyway so it doesn’t hurt to give TP time to heal and McG some playing time.
    I would expect that McG will not light things up, be just a week’s replacement.
    Hope that TP’s knee heals within a week or two , put him back in for the rest of the year so that you have a large enough sample size of games to see if he can progress.

  • Dakota

    What is the downside of letting him try it?

  • Charlie

    You know who you are:
    The Oline is fine.
    Palmer is not mobile enough. Start TP.
    Fire Knapp and the Oline coach. They suck. Bad coaching is the problem.
    We are playing TP.
    We have a new OC.
    We have one of the most respected Oline coaches in game in Sparagno.
    SAME EFFING RESULT.
    We will continue draft better Olineman in rounds 1-3 and build the lines with some real talent.
    Till then you can have any QB and any coach you want.
    Without time and space afforded by a good Oline we will lose.

  • lefty12

    Where have you read anything today that says anyone wants Flynn?He was worse than Pryor.

  • GhostToThePost

    Only Slob the Clown wants Flynn.
    Only because his dumbazz stated he was the future, and is still eating crow.
    If you see a poster wanting Flynn, it’s very likely a “new” poster, and probably is that crossposter Slob

  • Michael

    Saw it in some other comments about some posters who wanted Flynn. I just find it hard to believe anyone would ever want Flynn. I was so angry they traded draft picks for him in the first place when they could have signed basically the same guy in matt moore

  • 2romes

    Fair enough. Good plan.

  • GhostToThePost

    I agree it’s worth a try.
    Just saying many think it’s a shoe-in.
    It’s not.
    Lots of teams have tried out big fast guys, who struggled across the middle, or who had hands of stone

  • GhostToThePost

    None.
    Again, worth a try.

  • Michael

    Completely agree. I think the best way to build a team is o and d line. Especially since a lot of them u can get in the 2nd and 3rd rounds on the cheap

  • Dakota

    No guarantees anywhere. We could draft Watkins in the top ten and he might flop too. But you have to admit, when Pryor tucks the ball and runs, it is sometimes a thing of beauty. If he can’t catch, then that is it.
    Personally I see him more of a pass catching TE…..yeah, I know, he would have to learn to block too.
    But, I don’t blame Pryor for resisting it. It is his career. His dream. Just like with Michael Bush not wanting to play FB. I was 100% with him on that.

  • lefty12

    Because he is an athletic freak that can’t play QB at the level required for him to succeed in the NFL.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    We will continue draft better Olineman in rounds 1-3 and build the lines with some real talent.
    Till then you can have any QB and any coach you want.
    ***
    LOL! Charlie = Clown

  • GhostToThePost

    Papa: “Kap is a qb who can run. Pryor is a running qb. Huge difference. You can’t win in the NFL with a running qb.”

  • lefty12

    I wonder when,if at all,we’ll find out more details about Pryor’s knee?Should make practice reports much more interesting this week.

  • GhostToThePost

    according to reports, apparently Pryor’s knee issues were news to the team? that he didn’t bring all that up, until the PC?
    Has anyone seen comments from the team saying they weren’t aware of this?

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    the Saints won last night because of Ben Grubbs, not Drew Brees… right Charlie?

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnnie_Lee_Higgins RaiderRockstar

    Who is Sean Payton? it’s all about Brodrick Bunkley !!

  • DanfromVegas

    Losing is turning us against each other. This sucks. I can see where we disagree on many things, but it seems there are some hard core people who just will not listen to reason. There are those who simply despise Pryor and those who think he is the future of our franchise. I admit that I wasn’t at all keen on Pryor being named the starter and thought Flynn would do a better job. Pryor was pleasantly good the first few games of the season, and Flynn was an utter disaster when he had a chance to prove himself. Pryor looked better than average for a few games, and I hoped against hope that he would be the QB to return the Silver n Black to glory. Sadly, he has played terribly, and although some of that bad play is directly attributable to the sorry O line play, most of the big mistakes were a result of his poor decision making. Week in and week out I look for signs of growth as a passer, but it just isn’t happening. Time to see what we have in McGloin, even Wilson, because we’re going to need quality QBs and there’s no point keeping these two around if they aren’t going to contribute. There are lots of holes to fill in the roster, and we need to solidify our O and D lines, but if an opportunity comes to pick up a quality and preferably proven QB, we need to do that. I’m not saying get rid of Pryor, but let’s not bet the future of the franchise on him.

  • DanfromVegas

    TP is a good leader. He says and does the right things, and he works hard. However, watching him play leaves no doubt that he isn’t ready for to be the man. The O line is terrible, but so is Pryor’s decision making. If you’ve watched him play, he has been incredibly lucky not to have been picked off considerably more than he has. While it’s likely true that he’s the best we got, by no means has he proven that he can be a solid QB. The disappearing second half offense is a direct result of preventing Pryor from losing games for us.

  • DanfromVegas

    Funny name, and I agree. He was definitely showing incremental progress, and he was making big plays at key moments, but he has regressed to where he looked better in his pro debut last year than he has after a full training camp and 7 starts this year.

  • Eric Kench

    “the Raiders seemed to too often outsmart themselves instead of putting the game in the hands of Jennings.”

    Couldn’t agree more. We should have let Jennings run right through the Giants defense.