Buccaneers vs. Raiders: Live Game Grades for Oakland
74 total points were scored in Oakland on Sunday in one of the wildest games of the NFL season to this point.
The game featured 939 yards of total offense with plays that looked more like a game of Tecmo Bowl than something you'd see in the NFL.
The Raiders fall to 3-5 on the year, dampening their playoff aspirations, while the Bucs move to .500 at 4-4.
Here are the game grades and more analysis for Oakland.
Overall Grade: C
Fourth Quarter: C
There were times when Palmer looked great today while others he was very bad. He finished the day with 414 yards and four touchdowns but he also threw 3 INTs. All three were poor throws and Ronde Barber should have had another on a poorly thrown ball.
Palmer did all he could to keep his team in the game, throwing three of his four touchdowns in the fourth quarter and completing a 2-point conversion on a pass to Juron Criner, but it wasn't enough.
After cutting it to one score, the Raiders got the ball back with just under three minutes to play. On second down and 10 from their own 38-yard line, Palmer was intercepted by Ahmad Black, essentially salting away the Raiders' chances.
Third Quarter: C-
Palmer completed 11-of-15 passes in the third quarter for 114 yards but that translated into no points. Late in the quarter, he felt some pressure and threw a horrible pass off his back foot intended for Denarius Moore but landed in the hands of Tampa Bay cornerback Leonard Johnson.
Second Quarter: A-
Palmer looked much better in the second quarter as he completed 8-of-11 passes for 127 yards with a touchdown. He threw a pretty ball to Rod Streater for a 25-yard score that put the Raiders up 10-7. Palmer's decision making was good in the first quarter and he looked to get the ball down the field more.
First Quarter: C-
Carson Palmer completed less than fifty percent of his passes in the first quarter and threw for just 24 yards. He had one especially ugly incompletion as he tried to avoid pressure and hit Darren McFadden out of the backfield, but instead hit him in the helmet and two of his completions went for negative yardage.
Not a great start for Palmer.
Fourth Quarter: A-
The Oakland offense caught fire in the fourth quarter as they fought to overcome an 18 point deficit. They scored three touchdowns in just over 10 minutes and players like Marcel Reece and Brandon Myers had big days.
Reece caught eight passes for 95 yards with a TD while Myers had eight catches himself for 59 yards and two more scores.
Turnovers were the difference, however, as the 3 interceptions thrown by Palmer were too much to overcome.
Third Quarter: D
Without McFadden, the Raiders have had to turn to Mike Goodson and clearly the offense isn't the same. Goodson has only ran the ball twice but he has been effective in the passing game with six receptions for 52 yards.
As a team the Raiders couldn't get anything going until the end of the third quarter. Their first drive of the second half was a three and out while the second resulted in a turnover.
If Oakland is to get back into this game, they must sustain drives and protect the ball, because the defense is giving them no help.
Second Quarter: B
The passing game got going in the second quarter with the touchdown to Streater. Darrius Heyward-Bey also made a highlight reel one-handed catch on a reception that went for 46 yards. It was that play that helped set up the score.
The Raiders' offense did suffer a big blow, however, as McFadden was taken to the locker room with a leg injury. His return to the game is doubtful.
First Quarter: C-
The Raiders ran just 15 offensive plays in the first quarter and weren't able to do much with them, gaining just 42 yards. That's not even three yards per play.
Darren McFadden only had five touches for a total of 20 yards and the Bucs defense swarmed to the ball on every play.
The Raiders will need to get the ball to McFadden in space in this game and Palmer will have to test this Buccaneers secondary with a deep ball to Denarius Moore to capitalize on Tampa Bay's aggressiveness.
Overall Grade: D
Fourth Quarter: C-
Right after the Raiders got within 11 points on a 4-yard pass from Palmer to Myers, the defense allowed Martin to go off again, this time on a 70-yard scamper. The Raiders gave up big plays all day long and that is why they lost this game.
Martin finished with staggering numbers, rushing 25 times for 251 yards and four touchdowns. That is the best rushing day that a player in a Buccaneer uniform has ever had.
Third Quarter: F
Honestly, the Raiders' defense couldn't be much worse today as the Bucs are just feasting on them with big play after big play. In the third quarter alone, Doug Martin had touchdown runs of 45 and 67 yards. In between those two runs was a 4-yard strike from Freeman to Mike Williams.
Tampa Bay is starting to open up on Oakland and lead the game 28-10 through three quarters.
Second Quarter: C-
The Raiders secondary may need to make some adjustments after giving up a 64-yard pass play to Vincent Jackson on the first play of the second quarter. Three plays later, Jackson made a 20-yard grab for a score that put the Bucs up 7-3.
The Raiders were able to settle down after that, forcing back to back punts. They were lucky not to give up points right before the half, though, as Josh Freeman moved the ball down the field and got the Bucs in scoring position. Connor Barth then missed a 54-yard field goal.
First Quarter: B-
The Raiders' defense started the game off with a three and out and got a big sack on third down from Andre Carter, one that resulted in a fumble which the Bucs were lucky to recover.
On their next possession however, the Raiders allowed Tampa Bay to march down to their 17 yard line on a possession that began on their own 10. This was jump started by a roughing the passer penalty against defensive tackle Tommy Kelly.
The only thing that saved the Raiders from having points put on the board was a blocked field goal.
Overall Grade: B
Fourth Quarter: C
Special teams didn't really factor in much in the fourth quarter as every kickoff was pounded out of the end zone by both teams. The Raiders finished the day with just 20 yards combined in punt and kick returns.
Lechler averaged 54.5 yards on his four punts and put one of those inside the 20-yard line.
Third Quarter: C
Oakland hasn't given up anything huge in the return game but Roscoe Parrish is getting 15.3 yards on his three punt returns. On the flip side of that, the Raiders got negative yardage on their only punt return.
Second Quarter: C
With a 4th and 13 from midfield, Oakland curiously faked a punt and had Shane Lechler throw a pass to Taiwan Jones. It wasn't very well executed as Jones only got six yards before fumbling the ball. He recovered it himself but that didn't matter since the Buccaneers gained possession after a turnover on downs.
First Quarter: A+
Tampa Bay kicker Connor Barth had a 35-yard field goal attempt that would have opened the scoring but Lamar Houston got a hand up and blocked it. Not only that, he was able to snatch the ball up and rumble 34 yards with it into Tampa territory.
The Raiders weren't able to make Tampa Bay pay with a touchdown, but it did lead to a 29-yard field goal from the always reliable Sebastian Janikowski to put Oakland on the board first.
Overall Grade: D-
Fourth Quarter: D
How many times in NFL history has a running back scored on three runs of 40 yards or more? If you said zero, you would be correct. That is exactly what Martin did on Sunday and in all, the Bucs had seven plays of 20 yards or more. They probably would have had more, but they didn't need to do much in the fourth quarter.
Defensive coordinator Jason Tarver certainly has some things to work on with his unit.
Third Quarter: D-
Considering the big plays that Oakland gave up to Vincent Jackson in the first half, you would have expected the Raiders to try something new in the second half. Instead, the plays are just getting bigger.
All of the sudden Tampa Bay looks like an offensive juggernaut as they have six plays of 20 yards or more through three quarters.
Second Quarter: B+
Dennis Allen and his staff earn a high grade for the second quarter due to the fact that they tried to stretch the field a little more and had Palmer start looking down field for his speedy playmakers.
Although the fake was a strange call, it's these kinds of calls that motivate the team and show them that you're willing to pull out all the stops for a victory.
Despite McFadden being out of this game, halftime reports suggest that the Raiders will still be committed to the run in the second half.
First Quarter: C
Nothing was horrible from Oakland in the first quarter, but it may be a little too conservative. There are some opportunities for the Raiders offense, the coaching staff just needs to be willing to take some chances.
In the second quarter, they need to devise ways to get the ball to McFadden coming out of the backfield and then let Palmer take a deep shot. A well set up screen pass to McFadden could go for a huge chunk of yardage against this defense.