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McDonald grades Raiders off Chargers game

Beat writer Jerry McDonald graded the Raiders based on their performance against the San Diego Chargers in a 26-13 loss. Here are McDonald’s grades and critiques:

Passing offense
Matt McGloin completed 20 of 36 passes for 206 yards with no touchdowns and an extremely costly interception — a ball he couldn’t get over safety Eric Weddle that came after the Raiders had secured an interception of their own. It led to a Chargers field goal. San Diego bottled up Rod Streater (1 catch, 2 yards) and McGloin had his most success going to Andre Holmes (five receptions, 71 yards). McGloin did not get downfield to the extent he has in past games.
Grade: C-minus

Rushing offense
Rashad Jennings had 45 yards in 10 carries with a long gain of nine yards. Darren McFadden had four carries, eight yards and did a nice job on a 5-yard touchdown run. In the end, the Raiders were a subpar 3.5 yards per carry and weren’t nearly the operators on the ground as they have been in many games this season. The Raiders had only three rushing first downs, their lowest total since getting three on Sept. 29 against Washington.
Grade: D

Pass defense
Mike Jenkins had an interception off Philip Rivers, who mostly played it safe with 19 completions in 29 attempts for 201 yards and a 4-yard touchdown pass to Keenan Allen. There were defensive holding penalties on Jenkins, Chimdi Chekwa and Tracy Porter. The Raiders were vulnerable on third-down throws, as has been the case the last five games. The pass rush was non-existent, with Jason Hunter getting the lone sack on Rivers. The Raiders at least forced Nick Novak to kick four field goals.
Grade: C-minus

Rush defense
San Diego stayed stubborn with the run even when the passing game looked open and although the Raiders were able to make some stops for losses, San Diego ended with 37 rushes for 148 yards. Ryan Mathews had 99 yards in 25 carries with a long gain of 34 and a 7-yard touchdown run. Danny Woodhead got more consistent yardage in terms of yards per carry with eight carries for 52 yards. San Diego had seven rushing first downs.
Grade: C-minus

Special teams
Greg Jenkins, who replaced Taiwan Jones (who replaced Jacoby Ford as kickoff returner), lost a kickoff that led to a San Diego field goal. Marquette King hammered the ball high and deep all day long, with a spectacular 54.7 gross and a 47.2 net, although Allen did get loose for a 28-yard punt return. Sebastian Janikowski converted both field-goal attempts from 20 and 42 yards and the Chargers did no damage on kickoff returns.
Grade: C-plus

Coaching
The Raiders can’t be faulted for their effort, but whether it’s because of the uncertainty surrounding what happens in the offseason, players who are trying too hard or too much youth, they’re simply not capable of doing what it takes to win a game. A third-and-1 deep pass attempt to fullback Jamize Olawale resulted in an incomplete pass and a punt. The Raiders struggled to run but there were no plays for Terrelle Pryor, who has jump-started the running game as a reserve. Too many penalties — a season-high 12 for 64 yards.
Grade: D-plus

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  • Dakota

    Wouldn’t mind seeing that.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Once

  • RaidingTexas

    For a half game, right?

  • Teresa

    Merry Christmas to all! (Sure wish the season had gone better, though)

  • Raider O

    Lol
    C’mon man.
    I forgot, you don’t have a problem with any issue involving alcohol.

  • DKnight007

    This is the thinking that could entice a quality head coach like Gruden or David Shaw. High draft picks and 60 million in cap space to work with and sign a variety of free agents…and spread it out. Don’t just sign 3 players to huge free agent contracts, but spreading it out is the way to go.

  • RaidingTexas

    And you don’t have a problem with guys driving at reckless speeds on the roads?

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Pryor getting the start.
    Mattaroni may have started his last NFL game.

  • TrevJo

    Wow. Just when he had a chance to redeem himself.

  • JV.

    One thing to add about the clowney thing.l

    Stacy McGee who Reggie took in the 6th round which yes isn’t a big risk and somewhat medium reward.

    Stacy had waaaay more off the field issues and got benched because of it. One is a projected third rounder and the other is a top 3 pick but Reggie who is a huge character guy looks at dui’s and weed history and takes a shot then idk why not on clowney.

    The whole giving up in the team and being lazy is a red flag tho.

  • TrevJo

    He can’t be trusted with the keys to an NFL franchise. Million-dollar athlete with a ten-cent head.

  • FourMoreYears

    College is bullsh*t. NCAA officials preaching honesty and fairness and sanctity of the game while lining their pockets at the expense of 18 year olds. Coaches preaching team above all and then bolting for the biggest payday. College kids get drunk and drive cars fast and do all sorts of stupid stuff, doesn’t make them bad people or mean they’ll be unsuccessful.

  • JV.

    Didn’t matter eagles are gonna shred that Dallas defense and maybe break the record or tie

  • RaidingTexas

    AWESOME!!! Have a bet with my old boss, Cowboys @ 8-8. If above, he wins and I buy a steak dinner. I already can’t win. Just want the PUSH now.

  • hwnrdr

    Jerry Mac tweeted it about a half hour ago

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Time for Mistic to roll out the pre-emptive excuses in advance.

  • hwnrdr

    Pryor to start Sunday because DA said he needs more evaluation. Liked what he saw out of McGloin and believes McG will be the future!

  • Raider-Fan-inKC

    KC had had the cap to retain them Oakland did not.

  • RaidingTexas

    No, but refusing to play games is a red flag.

  • TrevJo

    Looks like they are going to evaluate Pryor after all, he’s starting in week 17. Allen may be in over his head (who wouldn’t be with this roster?) but calling him a liar is and was unwarranted.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Suuuuuuuuuure Dennis.

  • JV.

    Or he’s desperate and knows this game relies on his future..

  • Goldie7

    new post.

  • Raider O

    He has nothing to gain and a lot to lose (injury).

  • David Henderson

    Dakota, sure you are aware of the flagship station for the Silver and Black, 95.7 the game…

  • Dakota

    Pryor starting is a clear sign that Mark Davis has stepped in and demanded it and Dennis Allen is a gonner. Also a bad sign of things to come if Mark is going to start micromanaging the team like his Dad, but even worse, because Mark can’t even identify a good barber.
    FML

  • TrevJo

    I’m no Pryor fan but it’s the right move. McGloin started well but has since lost the job.
    Pryor had one of his best statistical games against Denver, but it was largely fluky with that Moore catch-and-run where the Denver defenders ran into each other. And he produced nothing until garbage time. Let’s see if he can play well for 60 minutes against the donkeys at home.

  • Raider O

    I do, but DUI is worse IMO

  • RaidingTexas

    That’s not exactly what he said. He said he considered McGloin part of the org going forward. Could easily mean as a backup.

  • FourMoreYears

    Even if he was sandbagging, which I don’t totally agree with, I would find it hard to fault the kid for protecting his future. Coaches would ride his career straight into the ground for a shot at an SEC championship, the only one who’s going to look after his interests is him. Sucks but it is what it is.

  • hwnrdr

    Sorry, I meant in future plans with the org

  • JV.

    “mark stepped in and demanded it”

    Just like last year huh??

  • hwnrdr

    LOL

  • FourMoreYears

    DENNIS ALLEN TRANSLATOR v1.4

    “I’m starting Pryor because he needs more evaluation.”

    TRANSLATION

    “Mark Davis called me last night.”

  • DKnight007

    Actually Manziel isn’t about the money, because his family already has money. They are well off. Manziel is ultra competitive, is smart, has great instincts and pocket awareness and wants to do all it takes to WIN! He is a fiery leader also. Nah…Manziel is NOT about the money. He already has the money….he would want to great once he goes to the NFL.

  • DKnight007

    Actually Manziel isn’t about the money, because his family already has the money and are well off.

    Manziel is ultra competitive, is smart, has great instincts and pocket awareness and wants to do all it takes to WIN! He is a fiery leader also. Nah…Manziel is NOT about the money. He already has the money….he would want to great once he goes to the NFL.

  • EDWARD TEACH

    Not sure what an altercation with a teammate at Penn State has to do with anything. Have you ever even played? Guys get in shoving and yelling matches all the time. The rest of your post is nothing but conjecture; “pouty-faced” in the sideline? What does that even mean? As far as on-field demeanor; if a guy doesn’t show emotion he gets slammed for not caring. If he DOES show emotion he’s a dckhed with an attitude. You gotta come better than that, JFB.

  • PlunkforHOF

    Welcome back Blackbeard!

  • DKnight007

    Manziel is actually a pretty smart kid. Some off the off field decisions he made were not law breaking, felony type decisions. Who cares if he was in vegas or at a casino.

  • FourMoreYears

    If he says he’s too injured to play you have to respect that. Think what you like but it’s his body and his career.

  • DKnight007

    Now cowboys are done…..unless they run the ball with Murray all game long and try to keep Eagles offense off the field.

  • EDWARD TEACH

    What’s up, Plunk? Another interesting offseason for the long-suffering Raider fan, looks like.

  • FourMoreYears

    If they don’t let Pryor run the regular offense this Sunday they might as well not play him. If you truly want him to improve you have to challenge his weaknesses.

  • aig-raiders

    Trade bait imho.

  • PlunkforHOF

    We are headed into interesting times IMO. I think the doo-doo is going to start flying next week.

  • aig-raiders

    I always wondered how smart it was for Manziel to flash the dollar sign after scoring the td after dealing with the investigation. A sign of maturity for sure. A smart guy doesnt pull that stunt.

  • Tyrone Wheatley

    Yeah. I can see your point. But you’re saying we won’t get a better coach this year and we’ll probably suck again next year.

    I feel like, despite all the cynics out there, that THIS year is the most attractive year to entice a coach. We can give him a boat load of money and that coach would have all the picks and salary cap to really put his fingerprint on this franchise.

    Who wouldn’t want that?

  • plunkhead

    Has it not been obvious since last year that Mark will earn his nickname, meddlesome?
    Nothing will change until howdy doody sells the team

  • Tyrone Wheatley

    Yup. All these cynics saying nobody wants to come to the raiders. That is somewhat true.

    But with AD gone and a top 5 pick and all the salary cap in the world and the fact we can give that coach a higher than ever contract, it’s actually this offseason that we have the best chance to get a decent coach.

    What happens next year when we let DA make all the draft picks and decisions, and then we dont have such a great salary cap situation…the chances are worse that we get a coach at that point.

  • Blackholepriest

    Amen! I have been saying it since OTA’s they held TP back. Let him throw it the same way you let McG throw it. None of the gimmick crap. Let him fail or succeed in the base offense……..period