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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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  • MaddenRaider

    The mistake McKenzie might have made is not hiring an offensive minded head coach. By hiring a defensive minded head coach, it puts the offensive coordinator as the top offensive guy basically in the organization. Big shoes to fill. Most defensive teams with successful offenses have really good offensive coordinators that are head coach worthy. We’ve had this mish-mash of journeymen like Knapp and people that are in over their head and don’t even belong in the league, like Mr. “shotgun in short yardage situations…always” Olson. Could be a better model for this organization would be that Reggie hires an offensive minded head coach, that way there’s more micromanagement of the offense, which this offense needs like a glass of water in the middle of the Sahara. The improvement of our defense this year could be credited just as much to Reggie’s player acquisitions and the shackles being taken off from the Davis era, where we played only man and prevent, with hardly any blitzing. I like Dennis Allen, but is he vital? I don’t know. A season and a half in, I’m wondering if we should have an offensive HC. I think we’d be a lot further ahead if we did.

  • CJ Legend 34

    I saw this a rebuilding year any how. We have to much money tied up in players not on the team. Sorry Pryor got hurt but maybe it’s a good thing to see what the other QBs cand o what’s his name and what’s his name. The Penn State guy may surpise us. Plus, I would like to see how he handles operating with our o-line. D is playing better than last year with the exception of Eagles game but we have to get his O going!

  • JOn Wooah

    Ron Jaws Jaworski on 95.7 the game right now.

    Sounds like the DJ’s are trying to set him up about tp2 being bad. He wasnt having any of it.

    Jaws said Tp2 can be a very good Qb with alot of hard work. He likes what he sees.

    Said the Qb posistion is a very dependant spot. U DEPEND on other ppl. Who can TP2 depend on ?? LMAO

    NOBODY. Tp2 is the offense besides jennings now

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Jaworkski now talking Kap and Pryor. Says he’s concerned that as yet TP isn’t seeing the field, says it’s a learned trait but some guys never do learn it and that only the qb really knows what he sees.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    I do believe, however, that you start building a team with D. The D players seem to love DA.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    I thought I heard yesterday that TP was going to have an MRI today. Maybe that will determine things.

  • DutchRaid

    Bill Belichick? Wouldn’t told Kraft not to hire him?

  • MaddenRaider

    If we’re to stay with that philosophy, then we may have to take a page out of Dakota’s book and go for at least a big name offensive coordinator. Because Olson is not going to cut it. OIson is an assistant QB coach for a well established offensive team like Denver or New Orleans, not your offensive coordinator and thus top offensive guy in a defensive minded organization.

  • lefty12

    Thanks for the real interview excerpt.

  • gurneyhallack

    I totally supported Pryor as QB1 over Flynn in preseason. It pains me to say that the Pryor experiment should be over or at least put on hiatus until he is able to show in practice that he can throw NFL quality passes with consistency. His intangibles are great but they do not mitigate his inability to pass–which is the first skill one needs as QB in the NFL. I’m sorry to see that he has regressed in the last few weeks substantially. This is not good and we don’t needs this. Start McGloin. Let’s see what he has. Let’s see Wilson too. Pryor will not take us to the playoffs this year which is a shame because if we had an average QB we could easily make the playoffs. I even think Christian Ponder would have sufficed.

  • seymour bush

    You have got to be kidding. Terrelle Pryor had a good early quarter of the season. Then he started regressing and barely completing 50% of his passes. Now, as I said defenses have caught up to him and he isn’t even doing that. It’s officially time to see if he can run receiving routes.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    You suggesting that there’s some more creative interpretations occurring?

  • 2romes

    I wonder if Jaws explained how a bad knee with a newly worn brace and and a center that hiked the ball everywhere but at the QB would effect his game.

  • Charlie

    Build the lines and the wins will follow.
    No other way. It was always the Raider way till Mr. Davis regrettably lost his perspective in his declining years.
    Upshaw, Mosebar, Lawrence, Stinchcomb, Shell, Schuh, Robbins, Collins, Vella etc. all in rounds 1-3.
    Everybody on this blog needs to learn about Jim Plunkett.
    Washed up in NE and SF. Beaten to a pulp with zero pass protection.
    Plunkett joins the Raiders who actually give him some pass protection and then TWO SUPER BOWL WINS.
    Not saying TP does not need to improve but the last stat I saw before the Giants game was TP had been hit or sacked on 60 % of his pass attempts.
    Ridiculous.

  • MaddenRaider

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Greg Olson is stupid enough to try something like that. I could see Olson having Pryor line up as a 5th receiver…on the goal line! Olson wouldn’t have it any other way. Jennings can take the snap…from the shotgun. Olson would have it no other way. Always the gun in short yardage situations. Always. If Pryor can’t punch it in, we’ll put someone behind center that will! [mind of Olson]

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    And the games before that?

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Papa has a point: “Let’s get the qb when the team is really good, like Seattle did.” (They were talking about whether the college crop of qbs for this draft are good or not.)

  • Dakota

    Shhhhh, those suffering from delusions should not be slapped in the face with reality until they have been provided the proper regimen of mood stabilizers.

  • 2romes

    Be a bit more specific I will try to answer.

  • lefty12

    Too bad they don’t have some way to classify those sacks-lines fault,RB missing a block sack,or the QB holding the ball too long.

  • lefty12

    You could field the best line in the league but if the QB doesn’t get rid of the ball eventually he will get hit.

  • RediaR

    We’re 7-2 if Pryor is decent.

  • 2romes

    The problem is I don’t stop at Pryor. I look at Pryor as part of the problem. Maybe you don’t view it that way.

  • DutchRaid

    No QB next year? Let TP play out the final year and or bring in some competition?
    Build the team through mainly the draft, get a couple impact players in FA?
    Sounds good to me…

  • MaddenRaider

    Or if the offensive coordinator continually and stupidly uses a shotgun in short yardage situations, when we have a 6’5″ QB with long arms that can lean for 2 yards on any play. [repeating it for propaganda purposes]

  • Dakota

    Oh no, we have problems all over the place. But Pryor isn’t the answer at Qb, and the faster Reggie realizes it, the closer we will be to finally having a competitive team.

  • 2romes

    Where the 7-2? He is decent. Not good not great. But decent that’s him. We need a good team

  • SlashNHack

    You’re doing fine :-)

  • SlashNHack

    Exactly….

  • 2romes

    I have a very strong feeling if the Raiders had the mult. Million dollar man Flacco some would be singing the same song. The if we had a Better QB song.

  • JOn Wooah

    Greg Papa just said right now.. everyone wants to blame the bay area Qb’s.. but maybe its the Bay area WEAPONDRY.. its the weapons these guys dont have. So he just contradicts himself, but even he knows the Raiders have terrible offensive line, and WR.. said DMOORE is a number 2 or 3 guy.

    Said Raiders need to build everywhere on offensive first before even looking at the Qb. Now that I’d agree with.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Start with the Eagles and work backwards. Balls thrown at receivers’ feet, even on short pass plays where the protection wasn’t at issue. Balls thrown down the sidelines 10 yds beyond DMoore running a fly. Balls thrown to the back shoulder of receiver running a shallow slant pattern. Head always looking from the middle of the field to the right, never to the left. (Hell, if I can see that, so can all 11 guys playing against him.)
    I WANT him to get better, just don’t see it. Instead, see the opposite when it comes to passing.

  • JOn Wooah

    without a doubt. He looked terrible yesterday.

  • JOn Wooah

    You got it bro. Dont let these trolls make generalizations. Thats what they are good at. They wanted flyn and are mad he didnt pan out. REGGIE knows its not tp2 its the OLINE

  • JOn Wooah

    Crappy OLINE thats what u get.. look at Dalton, FLacco, Luck, Kaep etc.

    These guys would be terrible behind this OLINE.. they looked bad yesterday too. Its not tp2 ..maybe 20 percent like ROMO said. Its the players around these guys.

    Sorry flyn trolls its the truth. Deal with it.

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    WHAT?! That makes too much sense, it must be stupid… right? Why would a team build a solid foundation for the team? Common sense should be ignored! *SARCASM*

  • GhostToThePost

    Why are many saying make TP a receiver?
    Lots of tall fast people.
    Doesn’t mean they can catch a ball, especially in situations where someone wants to take your head off.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Yeah, he said it, and it’s true. That’s why it’s a “team” game. Noting he said negates what he said earlier about the questions about TP. Look, that’s why they’re ca

  • DutchRaid

    You are not mad that Reggie traded for Flynn and was/is terrible? Do you know what we could have had…oppurtunity cost of paying Flynn? I was hoping that Pryor/Flynn brought it in preseason and that the best player won the competition…

  • GhostToThePost

    I think all those roids have Romo loopy.
    He comes out with some pretty ridiculous stuff at time.
    If you left it to him, Tebow would be our starter.

    Of course you can’t put it all on the qb, but you can hold the qb for decisions made, and throws made.

  • seymour bush

    Once again, it is all the excuses. Bad coaching. Bad Oline. No playmakers. Bum knee. But the truth of the matter is with these EXACT same cast of characters Pryor was completing 66% of his passes for 7 yards a pop. Then he even got slightly better. Then worse. Then much worse. Do you think everyone just fell apart at the same time, or do you think that maybe, just maybe, opposing coaches realized, he cannot complete passes going to his left. He NEVER EVER looks off defenders. He cannot complete a deep pass. You have two choices: get your heads out, or see this get even worse. What do you want to do?

  • GhostToThePost

    first off don’t want Flynn or Pryor.
    And a lot of Pryor’s hits and sacks are solely on him.
    Half of his sacks he could have gotten rid of the ball, instead of scramble scramble scramble sack.

  • 2romes

    I got you. I see that. you are right about he is not the best passer. Maybe not even decent in your eyes. I view it right now as can he get the ball there. I think he can more so than a stationary target the way are offense it built right now. Do you want Big Mc Gloin right now. What is your solution right now. Raiders play next week what do you do?

  • JOn Wooah

    Its hardly execuses when its the truth. Hue Jax was telling the truth.. yet u said it was excuses. So which is it??

    I’d take the opinion of former players rather then trolls with cheeto stained fingers.

    Bad OLINE, Bad Route Running, Terrible LT, NO TE, Bad coaching,

    ROMO, LO NEAL, DA all said its LINE and route running. Jaworski said TP2 can be a good NFL qb..

    Papa just said the Raiders lack weapons. SOrry man , its hardly TP2 now . Watching the game back.. Tp2 is the only guy that can play behind this LINE. Talk about a fearless leader.

  • GhostToThePost

    Except for the board clown, slob, I don’t see anyone pining for Flynn.
    So STFU already on some of your whine about how posters who are not happy with Pryor are Flynn fans.
    We’re not.
    No one is.
    Except, of course, for the board doofus, slob.
    Other than that, I think most are just tired of bad play behind center.
    And next to the center.
    And next to him.

  • JOn Wooah

    because he had done it in college in big time bowl games.. he rand mossed out jumped the guy for a TD. Basketball player with 90 scholarship offers.

    What did Broncos TE come from?? UDFA basketball player. Thnk on it. Stop being foolish.

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

    Happy Vets Day Kell !! (and a few of you other pootbutts as well)

  • seymour bush

    Terrelle Pryor is as big as Calvin Freaking Johnson. ONLY FASTER!!! Do you remember his lst action last year against Carolina, where he caught a quick pass from Palmer and ran for 22 yards? Or when he ran through 11 defenders two weeks ago? This guy certainly can catch, and he could be an All Pro prospect at WR. Instead of the 50th best QB in the league. And dropping.

  • GhostToThePost

    talk about idiot.
    Ignorant post.

    So according to you everyone sucks, except for the guy is arguably the worst qb in the league?
    Who looks lost? Who throws picksix passes that are right to the defender? Who telegraphs his throws? Who can’t go through his reads?
    Yeah, that’s ALL on the other guys, right?

    And anytime someone says a player COULD be good is stating that now they aren’t anywhere close to being good.

  • Michael

    Sorry I’m new on this board….but are there seriously people wanting matt flynn? How many teams has he been on in the past 3years?! There is a reason no one wants him. Didn’t the packers even just bring him back in for a workout and let him leave???