Just Blog Baby’s staff attempted to grade Sunday’s performance from the Raiders in a 23-19 loss to the Tennessee Titans. Here is what the JBB staff writers came up with:
Jacob Steele (Staff Writer)
Run Game: B –
Rashad Jennings continued to make the injury to Darren McFadden irrelevant with another solid outing. He posted 73 yards on 16 carries; good for about 4.5 per carry. The run game lost points in my book because there were no real explosive running plays, and Marcel Reece also struggled to move the ball on the ground when he did get carries.
Pass Game: C
Give a lot of credit here to the Titans secondary; they have some outstanding man-to-man cover corners and for most of the day the Raiders had no answer. They were able to bait Matt McGloin into a mistake early on, and batted down several passes at the line of scrimmage in the first half. The Raiders did pass the ball more effectively in the second half, and the go-ahead drive was mostly conceived by throwing the ball.
Receivers: C +
Rod Streater had an outstanding game, catching 5 of the 6 balls thrown his way, mostly against the Titans standout cornerback Alterraun Verner. I would really like to see his targets increase; the Raiders need a true go-to guy and there is no reason to believe that Streater can’t be that. The problem is that nobody else could step up. Andre Holmes got his opportunities and made a couple of nice catches, but brought in less than 50% of the passes that went his way. Denarius Moore sitting with an injured shoulder turned out to be a bit more impactful than it seemed it would be.
Offensive Line: B –
The Titans tried early in the game to get after Matt McGloin with the blitz and the Raiders offensive line held up admirably. McGloin was only hit once in the game, and not sacked at all. He did get under some heat more frequently than you’d like, but coming from a unit that has been a recurring weak spot, things could have absolutely been worse.
Defensive Line: B
Ryan Fitzpatrick was running for his life for the majority of the game. Lamarr Houston had an outstanding 7 hurries, and would have surely notched several sacks had the coverage unit been able to hold up their end. They clogged up holes in the run game, as well, which has basically become the norm from this unit.
Nick Roach was fantastic, but Sio Moore disappeared and Kevin Burnett had a bit of an off game before exiting with a quad injury. Moore has shown a ton of promise as a rookie, but will have to learn to play more consistently.
The secondary didn’t get an F because they didn’t allow any huge plays. That’s about the only good thing I can say about their performance on Sunday. They routinely played too loosely in coverage, allowing the Titans to convert several 3rd-and-10 or more situations. Then as the clock was winding down, they allowed Fitzpatrick to drive the Titans offense down the field and score the go-ahead touchdown through the air with about ten seconds remaining. In a game where many will point to two missed field goals by Sebastian Janikowski, I think that the secondary shoulders most of the blame for this loss.
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