Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE
Overall Grade: C
Q4 Grade: D+
If I didn't know better, I'd say that the Bucs defense stopped trying as hard in the fourth.
Carson Palmer quietly exceeded 400 yards passing.
That refers to Carson Palmer's boneheaded pick that fell right into the arms of Ahmad Black. No one cares when he sends one to EJ Biggers.
The defense gave up major points, but came away with turnovers when the team needed them most.
Q3 Grade: A-
Dump offs continue to haunt the Tampa Bay defense. Running back Mike Goodson has five catches for 40 yards.
Yet when Carson Palmer tries to throw 10 yards through the air... he gets picked off by Leonard Johnson! For the second straight week the undrafted rookie has an interception! Hometown hero much?
Q2 Grade: C+
Michael Bennet getting injured showed just how much the defense NEEDS him. Thankfully, he returned and actually got a sack on Carson Palmer. Without his pass rush...
The Bucs have to hope Da'Quan Bowers improves his run defense enough to become an every-down player, rather than just a situational rusher. They need more depth on the D-line.
Oakland's touchdown should be on EJ Biggers. First he gives up the reception to Darius Heyward-Bey. Then, he gives up the touchdown to Rod Streater. Two passes for 71 yards.
Q1 Grade: B-
The defense held the Raiders to a three-and-out on their first possession. And on their second.
The Clearwater native has impressed so far today.
Carson Palmer has not yet completed a downfield pass this game, but has found success on screens. Completing 5/11 passes for 23 yards may not look like much, but when the Raiders find ways to extend drives on the ground like they have today, who needs an aerial assault?