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This photo provides all you need to know regarding the Raiders' secondary.
CB Michael Huff — D
Excuse me if you feel this is much too high a grade. I happen to consider it appropriate considering the unmitigated disaster that was the Ravens’ matchup.
Huff beautifully disrupted a would-be big-time completion to Marques Colston on one particular third down play. The pass breakup ended the Saints’ first series with roughly seven minutes remaining in the opening half.
But despite that deflected pass and an additional tackle for loss, Huff did it again: he surrendered the big play to an opponent’s speedy wide receiver. Lance Moore torched him for a 38-yard score just before halftime.
The safety-turned-cornerback was once again a huge liability in coverage.
CB Ron Bartell — D
Another cornerback, another failing grade—enter Ron Bartell.
Bartell’s commendable tackle of Pierre Thomas at the goal line was completely wiped out by his deficiencies as a cover corner. The Brees-to-Moore connection produced the Saints’ third touchdown and 35-10 lead by way of Bartell’s inabilities. Moore made him look plain silly on the TD route.
Colston had the upper hand on the Raiders’ corner numerous other times as well.
Bartell will not be sleeping soundly tonight.
CB Joselio Hanson — B
Hanson was the best of any Raiders’ defensive back on Sunday. He forced a fumble by the mighty Jimmy Graham, tallied three tackles (all solo) and recorded a QB hit.
And perhaps his most praiseworthy moment came on a touchdown-saving tackle of Cadet during his 75-yard punt return. Hanson really played as a quality DB—something his brethren in the secondary might want to replicate.
SS Mike Mitchell — D+
Mike Mitchell shed his identity as a backup in favor of a starting role for the injured Tyvon Branch. He led the team in tackles with 11 (seven solo) in his new temporary gig.
Unfortunately, both he and Huff were the recipients of Brees’ surgical work in their deplorable efforts at covering Moore for the Saints’ third touchdown.
Mitchell was nowhere to be found on essentially all deep plays over top.
FS Matt Giordano — F
It’s safe to say Giordano would have given his right leg and just about every other appendage to have been back on the New Orleans’ sideline. The former Saint in 2010 was sufficiently brutal against his previous employer.
Ingram first plowed through Giordano as if he wasn’t even there on the opening offensive series. The free safety then failed to establish outside contain on Ingram’s unabated 27-yard TD and was repeatedly taken to school by Colston in coverage.
This man has some serious soul-searching to do.