Grading the Raiders vs. Texans

How the Raiders graded out in their 30-14 loss to the Houston Texans Sunday at O.co Coliseum:

Passing offense

Derek Carr was 27 of 42 for 263 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Much of the yardage came when the Raiders were scrambling to get back in the game when trailing 27-0. Protection wasn’t bad, but receivers too often failed to get separation and couldn’t come up with contested balls. James Jones and Mychal Rivera had game-altering lost fumbles after completed passes. Carr had an nice two-minute drill late. Grade: D

Run offense

The most deceiving 5.9 yards per carry you’ll ever see. Carr had a 41-yard burst on a read option and led the Raiders with 58 yards on four carries. Darren McFadden ran with heart and broke some tackles, but his 3.1 average brought to mind the last two seasons. Game circumstances meant abandoning the run to an extent, but it fell far short of what the Raiders have been pointing toward since training camp. Grade: D

Pass defense

The Texans threw only five passes in the second half because they didn’t need to pass. Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 14 of 19 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns. Andre Johnson caught six passes in seven targets for 74 yards. Fitzpatrick got the ball away quickly, but on some opportunities when looking alternate routes, had all the time he needed and then some. Grade: D-minus

Run defense

The Texans rushed for 188 yards on 46 carries, with Arian Foster gaining 138 yards on 28 carries and a touchdown. Houston’s average of 4.1 per carry wasn’t awful, but considering Raiders knew Texans were working the clock in the second half, it was unacceptable. Coaches and players alike lamented run defense after the game. Grade: F

Special teams

The Raiders blocked a field goal attempt (Justin Tuck) when it didn’t matter. Shane Lechler had a healthy advantage in net punting (48.5 to 37.0) in net punting over Marquette King but it didn’t really factor much into the outcome. No real returns of note or forced turnovers. Grade: C


Hard to imagine a team coming out more lifeless than the Raiders did for their home opener. Texans seized control from the outset, and the zone runs from Foster that they knew were coming gouged them early and often. On a third-and-11 draw, Foster got 16 yards and a first down. Players weren’t blaming coaches, but for some reason, the Raiders didn’t appear ready to play in any phase. Grade: F.

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