Oakland Raiders vs. Atlanta Falcons Full Report Card Grades for Oakland

Last year, the Oakland Raiders allowed 889 yards and 66 points in their first two games. This year, the defense has surrendered 1,035 yards and 69 points with more talent on the defensive side of the ball.

After Sunday’s 35-28 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, head coach Jack Del Rio and defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. must find solutions to various holes within the defense. It’s one thing to coach a brand-new team and implement new schemes. However, it’s year two in Norton’s system, and covering tight ends remains an issue.

The Falcons tight ends logged 10 catches for 180 yards and a touchdown to go along with wideout Julio Jones’ 106-yard performance. Running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman added 139 rushing yards to the offensive onslaught in Oakland.

In the final series, Del Rio took over play-calling duties. During the postgame press conference, he chose not to answer a question about his or Norton’s defensive responsibilities going forward.

We’ll delve into specific units on defense and the offense with analysis and corresponding grades.

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