Oakland Raiders: Week 2 Grades

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September 20, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) celebrates after the game against the Baltimore Ravens at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Ravens 37-33. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Shannon Bray

Quarterback: A

Carr completed 65% of his passes, threw 3 TD’s and led a game winning drive to end the game. Ten different Raiders caught a pass in this game. I would have given him an A+ if not for the interception that almost gave the game away. The poise and confidence to come back right after the Pick and lead the game winning drive is what champions are made of. Just another step in proving he is our franchise QB we so desperately needed.

Running Back: A

The game plan did not call for a lot of running. Or if it did, the passing game was working so well, they didn’t focus on running the ball. Still, Latavius Murray averaged 4.3 yards on 15 carries. Averaging four yards a carry is winning football in any league. He also picked up 3 passes for 22 yards. I felt during the game that they should have run it more to milk the clock and give the defense a rest. Especially in the fourth quarter.

Wide Receiver: A

This was expected to be the most improved group from last year . After a game to forget vs the Bengals, this group showed up big vs the Ravens. Every wideout who caught a pass averaged at least 12 yards a catch, including the game winning grab by Seth Roberts. Cooper and Crabtree each went over 100 yards and had a TD. If not for Crabtree falling down and allowing that interception, this group would have got an A+.

Offensive Line: A

If not for the one sack, this group would have earned an A+. They held up well on the 46 drop backs for Carr and opened up enough lanes for Murray to average over four yards a carry. As much worry as there is for the right side of the line, they did their job well on Sunday. Webb and Howard are proving to be a solid duo and I’m looking forward to seeing them get better every week.

Defensive Line: F  

The other team throws 45 passes and you don’t record a sack, with just one QB hit recorded? Unacceptable.Especially when the Ravens had a backup left tackle starting. Granted, Khalil Mack is hurting and he only managed one tackle, which was a tackle for loss. Aldon Smith managed the one QB hit, but overall it was another concerning day from the Raiders non-existent pass rush.

Linebackers: F

They couldn’t stop the run or the TE. Forsett averaged 4.5 per carry and another TE torched is for two TD’s. At least in the second half they stopped the TE from embarrassing them, but otherwise it was a forgettable day for the linebackers.

Defensive Backs: D

The only thing saving this group from an F, is that we won the game. They made just enough plays to keep us in it. Although Joe Flacco had more to do with that Steve Smith non-TD catch than this group. We all knew the DB’s were too green to not give up plays. Now with the injuries to Woodson, Allen and Mack, this group is as vulnerable as ever.

Coaches: B 

I like the halftime adjustment made on defense against the tight ends. They stopped the bleeding. On offense, we were a juggernaut and kudos to Bill Musgrave who called a great game. Even though I thought he should have called more runs when we had the lead late in the game.

RIP to Al LoCasale. Another front office building block who helped lead the Raiders to greatness back in the day.

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