Raiders vs. Broncos: Live Grades and Analysis for Oakland

The Oakland Raiders (1-2) were defeated 37-21 in a prime-time showdown with the archrival Denver Broncos (3-0).

Game Analysis for the Oakland Raiders

Pass Offense: Denarius Moore finished over the century mark, hauling in six catches for 124 yards and a score, but he also dropped a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, quarterback Terrelle Pryor finished 19-of-28 for 281 yards and no scores or interceptions before leaving the game early. In relief time, Matt Flynn was 1-of-2 for 19 yards. Rookie wide receiver Brice Butler finished with three grabs for 54 yards.

Run Offense: The Raiders’ offensive line was nothing short of abysmal. Running back Darren McFadden averaged a dismal 0.8 yards rushing and finished with nine yards on 12 carries. He did manage to score, however, on a late one-yard touchdown run.

Pass Defense: Defensive lineman Lamarr Houston had a strip-sack on Peyton Manning, demonstrating why the Raiders are interested in getting him signed to a long-term deal. Otherwise, the Oakland pass defense was outmatched and failed to either generate a pass rush or slow down the Broncos’ passing attack. Manning finished 32-of-37 for 374 yards and three touchdowns.

Run Defense: Denver running back Ronnie Hillman scored on a one-yard touchdown run, and Denver ran the ball successfully late in the second half to bleed the clock. In the end, Denver had 162 yards rushing with a 4.6 yards-per-rush average.

Special Teams: Punter Marquette King continues to showcase his big leg. King had six punts for a 52.5-yard average. However, King had one touchback and needs to work on executing coffin-corner punts. Kicker Sebastian Janikowski converted on three point-after attempts.

Coaching: Again, penalties hampered the Silver and Black as they were penalized eight times for 77 yards. Offensive coordi...

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