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Raiders report card: Acing the final series enough for a passing (and running) grade

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Raiders report card: Acing the final series enough for a passing (and running) grade

Let’s get the dangerous out of the way in which first. Three of the Raiders’ 4 turnovers got here on move performs — two interceptions by Derek Carr and a misplaced fumble by Darren Waller. Carr barely underthrew Nelson Agholor on a publish (Agholor might or might not have had an opportunity to catch it, being {that a} Denver defender had early contact). However when it mattered, Carr delivered his twenty first fourth-quarter comeback and completed 24 of 38 for a season-high 371 yards and third-down landing strikes to Waller (28 yards) and Bryan Edwards (26 yards). He threaded a two-point conversion move for to Waller for the game-winner. Zay Jones got here via with a 37-yard catch on the game-winning drive. Waller completed with 9 receptions for 117 yards. Theo Riddick had 4 catches for 40 yards. Carr’s common completion was 15.5 yards.

Simply when it appeared prudent to surrender on the run because the second half started, Josh Jacobs had his best recreation since for the reason that final time the Raiders performed the Broncos at house on Nov. 15. He had simply six carries for 12 yards at halftime, however 77 yards on 9 carries within the second half to complete with 89 yards on 15 carries. He had a landing runs of 28 yards and 1 yard — with the second rating approaching fourth-and-goal from the 1. Devontae Booker had 16 yards on 5 carries. In all, the Raiders had 84 yards on 14 carries with the 2 touchdowns within the second half and Jacobs had his second straight 1,000-plus yard season.

PASS DEFENSE: D

Drew Lock might has properly have been Drew Brees or Drew Bledsoe as he accomplished 25 of 41 passes for 339 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. The identical Lock who turned it over 5 occasions (together with 4 interceptions) in opposition to the Raiders within the first assembly and entered the sport with 14 landing passes and 15 interceptions. Jerry Jeudy acquired free for a 92-yard catch-and-run landing that put the Raiders down 31-24 and perceived to mirror the massive late-game errors in opposition to Miami and the Chargers that sealed their doom. Lamarcus Joyner, Raekwon McMillan, Jeff Heath and Daryl Worley have been credited with passes defensed. Nicholas Morrow and Maxx Crosby have been credited with sacks.

RUN DEFENSE: C-plus

It appeared worse than it was, because the Broncos averaged solely 3.8 yards per carry (32 makes an attempt, 122 yards) with Melvin Gordon main the way in which with 26 makes an attempt and 93 yards and a 10-yard landing run that put Denver up 24-17 with 14:54 left within the recreation. Morrow, who got here off the COVID-19 reserve checklist, led the Raiders with 10 tackles. The Raiders don’t usually sufficient play on the opposite facet of the road when it comes to tackles for losses on operating performs. That they had three in opposition to the Broncos. Denver completed with 5 speeding first downs. Johnathan  Hankins had seven assisted tackles and did some injury within the center. There was a slight uptick in Cory Littleton’s play after he got here again from the COVID-19 reserve checklist.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B-plus

Maxx Crosby blocked two area purpose makes an attempt, one from a ridiculous 70 yards and the finale from 63. Hey, it’s Denver, you by no means know. Place kicker Daniel Carlson kicked a 33-yard area purpose, made all his further factors and completed the season because the Raiders’ single-season document holder with 142 factors and wound up main the NFL in scoring. Which means the Raiders kicked too many area objectives versus touchdowns however Carlson did his job after which some. Hunter Renfrow’s 21-yard punt return late within the first half to the Raiders’ 44-yard was a prelude to a drive which led to Carr’s TD move to Edwards. Punter A.J. Cole had a 41.8 internet common and put two balls contained in the 20-yard line. Denver receiver Diontae Spencer averaged 16 yards on a pair of punt returns, which is an excessive amount of for Wealthy Bisaccia’s liking.

COACHING: C-plus

Onerous to muster up an excessive amount of pleasure when a staff turns the ball over 4 occasions with no takeaways and will get hit with 14 penalties. Nonetheless don’t know how the Raiders hold getting beat defensively on large performs downfield when enjoying in zone schemes that are presupposed to cease the straightforward performs and hold gamers in entrance of them. Coach Jon Gruden, probably the most cussed males alive, refused to surrender the run regardless of six  games of wrestle after which instantly Jacobs comes alive within the second half. With out these speeding positive factors, the Raiders don’t win the sport. The Raiders’ supposedly conservative assault additionally dialed up a third-and-2 28-yard TD strike to Waller and a third-and-15 26-yard TD to Edwards as an alternative of taking the shorter acquire for a better area purpose try.

 

 

Hassan Zia is an accomplished News writer & working journalist in the industry for over 5 years. At Pakistan print media he established his skills in writing and publishing multiple news stories of daily reporting beats ranging from crime, drama, business, entertainment. An activist at heart Zia believes in sensitizing audiences on issues of social justice and equality. Using powerful technique of storytelling on humanistic themes: women, children, labor, peace & diversity etc. his work underpins the causes he’s concerned about. Besides being known for his activism and community work Zia is also associated with renowned universities as a visiting faculty member for over 3 years now. His academic background is a Masters in Mass in Communication.