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Branch (No. 33) and Giordano (No. 27) failed to cover Pitta in the end zone.
CB Michael Huff — D-
After the Raiders waived Pat Lee, Huff made the move back to cornerback—and it proved disastrous. His interception and four deflected passes masked an awful performance. He gave up completions of 11, 18, 20 (TD), 47 and 47 (TD) yards. If not directly, all assisted on Baltimore scoring drives. Backbreaking plays negated any quality ones Huff made on Sunday. Wide receivers simply had their way with him. His interception kept this grade from being an F.
CB Ron Bartell — B
Bartell enjoyed a fairly successful return to the field. He made three tackles, covered wideouts consistently well and broke up a deep pass to Torrey Smith on third down. A nine-yard completion to Anquan Boldin for a first down was one notable blemish.
CB Joselio Hanson — D+
Pitta burned Hanson (in addition to Huff) for an 18-yard catch on Baltimore’s first touchdown drive. Boldin later overwhelmed Hanson for a 19-yard reception. He notched two tackles on the day.
SS Tyvon Branch — F
Oakland’s leading tackler (seven) won’t write home about that achievement. Branch one-upped Huff on the regrettable-day-at-the-office meter. Dickson absolutely schooled him for 40- and 19-yard completions. Both plays came one snap before a Ravens’ touchdown—and both scores showcased Branch’s failures against the run and in coverage on Sunday. Later on, he was one of three Raiders unable to cover Smith on his 47-yard TD catch. Three of Branch’s tackles came in mop-up time.
FS Matt Giordano — D
The free safety logged an impressive stop on Rice at goal line in the first quarter. Unfortunately, he was also jointly responsible for 26- and five-yard (TD) completions to Pitta, and a 47-yard score to Smith. His play was indicative of a Raiders’ secondary being stretched thin.
SS Mike Mitchell — C-
Mitchell did not help the Raiders’ cause when the defense implemented packages with extra personnel in coverage. He also wasn’t the man primarily responsible. He logged one QB hit.