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Grading the Raiders

Here is how beat writer Jerry McDonald graded the Raiders off their performance against the St. Louis Rams in a 52-0 loss Sunday:

Passing offense
Derek Carr was 24 of 39 for 173 yards, threw two interceptions that led to 10 points and was sacked three times. Matt Schaub (5 of 9, 57 yards) looked to have better rhythm with his receivers in a short stint, but made a bad decision rolling to his left that Trumaine Johnson returned 43 yards for a touchdown. Grade: F

Rushing offense
Darren McFadden had 11 carries for 27 yards and Maurice Jones Drew five carries for 21 yards. Marcel Reece, who figured to a be a bigger part of the game plan, wound up carrying four times for 12 yards as the Raiders had little need for a big back while trailing by such a big margin so quickly. The Raiders averaged 2.9 yards per carry. Grade: F

Pass defense
The bulk of Shawn Hill’s stats (13 of 22, 183 yards, two touchdowns) were compiled when the Rams were up 38-0 at halftime. Hill had a 155.7 passer rating at halftime (158.3 is perfect), completing 12 of 15 passes for 178 yards and both scores. The Raiders allowed Rams receivers to get open and failed to make tackles in space. Grade: F

Rush defense
The Rams rushed for 172 yards on 26 carries, with Tre Mason gaining 117 yards on 14 attempts including an 89-yard touchdown run that made the score 35-0. Tavon Austin ripped off an 18-yard scoring run on a fly sweep and Zac Stacy had 25 yards on seven carries. The Raiders tightened up in the second half, but it didn’t matter much. Grade: F

Special teams
George Atkinson III had a forgettable debut as the Raiders’ kickoff return specialist, with a pair of muffs (that he recovered) and the Raiders having an average drive start of the 17-yard line following kickoffs. TJ Carrie was back to return punts and had two for four yards. On one, he was flattened by teammate Ray-Ray Armstrong. Marquette King put two punts inside the 20. Sebastian Janikowski had a touchback on his only kickoff. Grade: D

Coaching
The Raiders appeared listless and unable to deal with anything the Rams had to offer on both sides of the ball. Coach Tony Sparano said a poor day of practice may have been a warning sign, although he couldn’t have possibly believed anything like 52-0 was possible. Sparano passed on a 55-yard field goal attempt for a punt and the Rams ended up with a touchdown on that possession, ensuring the humiliating goose egg. Grade: F

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