Raiders vs. Broncos: Live Grades and Analysis for Oakland
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vs. Denver Broncos Week 3
Game Analysis for the Oakland Raiders
Pass Offense: Denarius Moore finished over the century mark, hauling in six catches for 124 yards and a score, but he also dropped a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, quarterback Terrelle Pryor finished 19-of-28 for 281 yards and no scores or interceptions before leaving the game early. In relief time, Matt Flynn was 1-of-2 for 19 yards. Rookie wide receiver Brice Butler finished with three grabs for 54 yards.
Run Offense: The Raiders’ offensive line was nothing short of abysmal. Running back Darren McFadden averaged a dismal 0.8 yards rushing and finished with nine yards on 12 carries. He did manage to score, however, on a late one-yard touchdown run.
Pass Defense: Defensive lineman Lamarr Houston had a strip-sack on Peyton Manning, demonstrating why the Raiders are interested in getting him signed to a long-term deal. Otherwise, the Oakland pass defense was outmatched and failed to either generate a pass rush or slow down the Broncos’ passing attack. Manning finished 32-of-37 for 374 yards and three touchdowns.
Run Defense: Denver running back Ronnie Hillman scored on a one-yard touchdown run, and Denver ran the ball successfully late in the second half to bleed the clock. In the end, Denver had 162 yards rushing with a 4.6 yards-per-rush average.
Special Teams: Punter Marquette King continues to showcase his big leg. King had six punts for a 52.5-yard average. However, King had one touchback and needs to work on executing coffin-corner punts. Kicker Sebastian Janikowski converted on three point-after attempts.
Coaching: Again, penalties hampered the Silver and Black as they were penalized eight times for 77 yards. Offensive coordinator Greg Olson showed his creativity by calling a halfback option pass, and McFadden completed a lob to fullback Marcel Reece for a 16-yard touchdown.
First-Half Analysis for the Oakland Raiders
Pass Offense: Although the growing pains continue with Pryor at the helm, at times Oakland shows flashes of long-term potential. Wide receiver Moore sprung for a 73-yard touchdown catch-and-run, finishing the half with three catches for 89 yards. Meanwhile, Pryor finished 8-of-12 for 115 yards. The long pass to Moore skewed Pryor’s stat line, however. Pryor was also sacked twice.
Run Offense: The Raiders’ offensive line failed, quite literally, to open any holes for McFadden. He finished with a measly nine yards on seven carries. For those keeping track at home, that is a 1.3-yard average. Pryor rattled off a 23-yard designed run and finished with 32 yards.
Pass Defense: Defensive coordinator Jason Tarver did a commendable job of game planning for Manning and getting the Raiders defenders in a position to succeed. In the end, however, Manning proved supreme.
Through complex snap counts, Manning adjusted to Oakland’s pressure schemes and surgically picked apart the Raiders secondary. Wide receivers Eric Decker and Wes Welker, as well as tight end Julius Thomas, caught touchdown passes. Manning finished the half 21-of-24 for 264 yards and three touchdowns.
Run Defense: The Raiders did a decent job of plugging gaps, but for the most part, the defense failed to wrap up the ball-carrier. Although the Denver ball-carriers only managed 55 yards on the ground, the reality is that Denver ran the ball with ease whenever it pleased.
Special Teams: Jacoby Ford had a nice 17-yard kick return. King boomed a 52-yard punt and the coverage team swarmed Trindon Holliday, who managed only seven yards on the return. King finished with five punts for a respectable 49.8-yard average.
Coaching: When a football team lacks discipline, the blame falls squarely on the shoulders of the coaching staff. Most concerning and discouraging of all, the Raiders committed a myriad of pre-snap penalties. Overall, the Raiders were penalized four times for 30 yards. It was nice to see Dennis Allen give an earful to last year’s top-rated official, Jerome Boger, about the play clock apparently not being set properly.
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