Grading the Raiders off performance against Broncos


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

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