Raiders report card: Takeaways galore for beleaguered defense

Grading the Raiders’ 37-12 win over the Denver Broncos Sunday at Allegiant Stadium:

PASSING GAME: C

The Raiders seemed off-kilter throughout much of the game. Derek Carr (16 of 25 for 154 yards) missed some throws he usually makes and there were some horrific dropped passes. Carr lost two touchdown passes because of it, a 6-yard strike to Nelson Agholor in the end zone and a would-be 55-yard touchdown to Darren Waller. The Waller throw was slightly underthrown but Waller would tell you he should have had it. The biggest play was a 25-yard strike to Hunter Renfrow on a third-and-5. Carr had a nicely creative third-down completion to Henry Ruggs III for 21 yards when he broke out of the pocket and lofted a pass over a defender. There were no interceptions and Carr was not sacked.

RUN GAME: A

Josh Jacobs, Devontae Booker and a makeshift offensive line left Denver defenders strewn about like bowling pins as the Raiders rushed for 203 yards on 41 attempts, averaging 5.0 yards per carry. Jacobs had 112 yards on 21 carries and touchdown runs of 5 and 11 yards, and both were essentially walk-in scores. Booker was the closer, with 16 carries for 81 yards against his former team and touchdowns of 7 and 23 yards. Carr added four scrambles for 10 yards. The Broncos had just one tackle for loss, by Bradley Chubb against Jacobs, for five yards. This was accomplished with Brandon Parker and Sam Young at the tackles, with Young replaced Patrick Omameh in the second half.

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Carl Nassib (94) celebrates a fourth-quarter interception against the Denver Broncos. Getty ImagesPASS DEFENSE: B-plus

The only thing standing between a pass defense that’s had a rough go of it and an `A’ grade was a late touchdown pass by Drew Lock and surrendering a 27-yard completion from Lock to Tim Patrick on a third-and-15. Other than that it was all good. Lock was sacked twice (Nick Morrow, Maxx Crosby) but hit often and appeared to be beaten up pretty severely by game’s end. Jeff Heath had two first-half interceptions, and the second one shifted momentum the Raiders way for good because it came in the end zone when Denver was attempting to take a 13-10 lead at halftime. Carl Nassib had an interception, dropping in to coverage on a zone blitz, and Nick Kwiatkoski finished things off with a one-handed interception.

Nick Kwiatkoski called GAME @nkwiatkoski27 @Raiders pic.twitter.com/QS696I6kby

— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) November 16, 2020

RUN DEFENSE: B

There were some missed tackles early that Paul Guenther will be showing to his team during film study. Denver was forced to abandon the run when things got out of hand in the second half. Melvin Gordon had 46 yards on 11 carries for Denver, which finished with 19 carries for 66 yards — a 3.5 yards per carry average. Phillip Lindsay carried just four times for two yards. The Raiders got some stout play from Arden Key, Clelin Ferrell and Maliek Collins up front. Kwiatkoski led …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

      

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