Oakland Raiders Week 2: Stats Breakdown and Awards

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Sep 20, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree (15) catches a touchdown pass against the Baltimore Ravens in the third quarter at O.co Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Ravens 37-33. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

I want to do a quick statistical breakdown of every game, along with a few awards for the players this season. Nothing fancy, just some numbers and what we can take from them. So, here we go. (All stats are from Pro Football Focus unless otherwise noted)

I’ll start where I always start; the offense. Nine of the 11 starting offensive players scored a positive overall rating for the game. J’Marcus Webb, and Lee Smith were the only two players who were given below average overall grades, primarily for poor run blocking. In total, the offense received a +12 overall grade, with penalties being the only column with a negative grade overall of -2.2.

Here’s a list of the offensive standouts for the game according to PFF:

Gabe Jackson: The second-year left guard scored the highest grade on the team with a +6.1. In fact, Jackson wasn’t only the highest graded player in the game, but he earned the highest grade out of any Offensive Lineman in the NFL in week 2. To take it one step further, Jackson received the 5th highest grade of ANY player at any position in Week 2.

The big man showed up big time in the run game, where he was given a staggering +4.3 grade.  In pass protection, Gabe did his part to ensure Derek Carr stayed clean, allowing zero sacks, hits, or hurries.

Michael Crabtree: Crabtree ended with a +3.1 grade. The vet from across the bay is proving to be a free agency steal, as he was the 5th overall rated receiver in the NFL week 2. He had a great game, showing the natural chemistry that he and Derek Carr have.

If not for the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, (that was a retaliation for getting the back of his head stepped on by a Baltimore defender) Crabtree would have ended with a +4 grade, making him the highest graded receiver by .5 of a point. Credited with zero drops, 1 TD, 1 broken tackle, and even a positive grade in run blocking and screen blocking, Michael Crabtree showed up to play ball on Sunday.

Latavius Murray: While he was only called upon to rush the ball 15 times in the game, Murray was quite efficient with his carries. Averaging 4.3 yards per carry, Murray ended the game with 65 rushing yards and 44 of those were yards after contact.

Following are the total PFF grades for the offense as well as honorable mentions and analysis of the grades handed out by ProFootballFocus.

Next: Offense Grades