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Grading the Raiders off performance against Broncos

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Beat writer Jerry McDonald graded the Raiders off their performance against the Denver Broncos in a season-ending 47-14 loss. Here are McDonald’s grades and comments:

Passing offense
Quarterback Derek Carr was 18 of 36 for 158 yards, a 1-yard touchdown pass to Jamize Olwale and an interception on his final pass of the game. Receivers failed to gain separation all day and timing was off, especially with tight end Mychal Rivera (2 receptions in eight targets, 26 yards). The lone big play was a 46-yard completion to Latavius Murray. Grade: D

Rushing offense
The Raiders averaged just 3.7 yards per carry but were worse than that early when it really mattered. Murray had 37 yards on 10 attempts, Darren McFadden checked in at his usual 3.3 (13 yards, four carries. Marcel Reece had the game’s longest run for the Raiders at 11 yards. Grade: D

Pass defense
Peyton Manning controlled the game and completed 21 of 37 passes for 273 yards but had no touchdowns and repeatedly failed to squeeze in the end zone passes he usually completes. His passer rating of 80.1 was far shy of what he usually does against the Raiders since he started playing for Denver. Demaryius Thomas (8 receptions, 115 yards) was a game-long mystery. Grade: C-minus

Rush defense
The Broncos rushed for 142 yards on 32 carries, and C.J. Anderson had 87 yards on 13 attempts, including three rushing touchdowns of 11, 1 and 25 yards. Denver kept the clock moving with nine rushing first downs. Ronnie Hillman added some tough yards with 56 yards on 15 carries. Grade: D

Special teams
Marquette King had nine punts for a 42.3 net, with four kicks inside the 20-yard line with a long of 58 yards. Sebastian Janikowski never did attempt a field goal attempt but had no touchbacks in the Mile High City. Omar Bolden ran a kickoff 76 yards to set up a Denver touchdown. The Raiders did little on returns other than a 23-yard punt return by Charles Woodson late in the game. Grade: C-minus

Coaching
No real X’s and O’s quibbles as much as a failure to execute, which has to do with the crispness of practice. The Raiders were mismatched defensively being short in the secondary and with Khalil Mack offering little in the way of a pass rush because of a hamstring strain. Offensively, receivers couldn’t get open. Vets inside emotion was good, they just got beat. Three false-start penalties on first down in Week 17? Got to think offensive staff is better than that. Grade: D

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Steve Corkran

  • Blackholepriest

    Thec I don’t care about that to be honest. If want to win and until they get someone in here to win games. The rest doesn’t matter to me…….period

  • R8erEduc8er

    If we can upgrade him, sure. I don’t think Mark can.

  • Dnice24`

    Then Mark is an bigger idiot then I thought.

    If the Raiders are winning and is market right, they would be the top marketable team in the league. The best uniforms. A fan base worldwide not locally or state wide.

  • Blackholepriest

    So far the future is too muddy to see. So do you and let others do the same……period

  • David C. Moorman

    No Rico I’m a life-long member of the Raider Nation going on 45 years now, which, judging my your maturity level is at least twice as long as you’ve been alive. Go bury your head in the sand.

  • The Machine

    And you just keep showing complete ignorance of the situation as it stood when Al died. You wanna keep playing make believe, suit yourself.

  • R8erEduc8er

    If you can upgrade Reggie, then do so. That’s easier said than done with Mark. Who in their right mind wouldn’t take Gamble or McCoughlin over Reggie? But those guys aren’t coming here.

  • 2romes

    Mark can by getting anybody with some success to replace this snot nose rookie Big Mac.

  • WILLY91137

    I’m so sick of hearing 8&8 team well the 8 & 8 team was playing in the weakest division in the NFL I will admit Reggie has made a lot of mistakes you’ll probably get fired next year unless he makes some good decisions

  • Rico Stifler

    Right now, the offseason should be filled with hope for the future cuz we’re hiring a new HC. Then there’s FA and the draft after that. All things which can build hope. YOu negative Nancies certainly aren’t real fans.

  • Blackholepriest

    You asking people to ignore 11-37 is about as dumb as it gets

  • R8erEduc8er

    Then why isn’t he doing it? Throw a bucket of cash at Gamble or McCoughlin. Until he does, I’m fine with RM.

  • The Machine

    Nobody is asking anyone to ignore it, how can anyone just ignore it. People are asking that it be put into a proper context. But stupid people, will inevitably spout 11-37 mindlessly and shut their brain off.

  • 2romes

    I though you were talking Reggie? One year turn around with the Niners with JH but Reggie hire Allen, a nobody.

  • Blackholepriest

    Thats their right. You spouting your ignorance is no better. Thinking you got it all figured out when really you don’t know your azz from your elbow is no better.

  • 2romes

    I don’t believe in the philosophy you believe in. I don’t believe in just throwing a lot of cash of someone.

  • R8erEduc8er

    You say JH. I say Baalke’s draft picks of Gore, Willis, Staley, etc. maturing.

  • We barely sold out the stadium when we went to the Super Bowl in 2002. Even had a blackout that season.
    Winning is not the cure for this.

  • R8erEduc8er

    If you see no hope in sight, why be a fan?

  • 2romes

    Was Gore,Willis and Staley there with Singletary?

  • The Machine

    I see hope, I think we are going to start coming up, I think the worst is over, the penance has been paid for the most part.

  • The Machine

    You correct about that, it is your right to be stupid, intentionally blind or whatever else you people do. It is your right to not have anything intelligent to say.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Ditto. Just need another good draft or 2.

  • 2romes

    The pundits stated some decent coaches will be willing to take that chance but not with loser Reggie on board.I can’t blame them for that. The Raiders don’t need Reggie, Reggie needs the Raiders. Don’t get that twisted.

  • SnBG

    I see some are still having wet dreams over DaddyP. He’s gone and it’s time to face reality.

  • SnBG

    Why not, you ignore the losing seasons of Elvis D. You’re always making excuses for him when he had the worst record ever in the NFL.

  • SnBG

    Exactly, it needs to be put in proper context. Elvis D fkd this team up so bad that the building process may take a few more yrs to get done.

  • PapaJohn

    Well, it was the weakest division in football.

  • PapaJohn

    No but this excessive hatred of Raiders coaches and management should be ignored.

  • PapaJohn

    Why is he ignorant? He’s no more ignorant than you, he just has a different opinion which you don’t like.

  • PapaJohn

    Ya, I think he’s gone.

  • PapaJohn

    I disagree with this. I’ve watched the team the whole time McKinsie has been here and I have to say that this team is in a better place than it was a few years ago.

  • PapaJohn

    I have to say that 3 wins against a tough schedule with the amount of rookies and FA’s is not a pathetic situation. I see good things for the future with the team.

  • PapaJohn

    I have to say that I didn’t expect a lot from this team this year. They had a very tough schedule, lots of holes to fill that McKinsie tried to fill with his draft picks and FA’s. He grabbed a feww good FA’s and had a heck of a draft.

  • SnBG

    I don’t see any problem with the lousy stats and record this year. We have good drafts that will get better next year because of their experiences this year. We have a good culture and foundation to work with. The sky is the limit from here on out.

  • SnBG

    For those of you that don’t think DaddyP is gone Mich TV is showing adds for DaddyP pants from Dockers. Khakis for all.

  • StrongGrogCharlie

    Well, Tomlin still kinda counts, but this is an interesting read, thanks JFB!