BAL-OAK Grade: Raiders’ offense clicks in Week 2

The top takeaways and highest-graded players from the Ravens-Raiders game, including the highest graded players from each team.

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(AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

(AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

BAL-OAK Grade: Raiders’ offense clicks in Week 2

Here are the top takeaways and highest-graded players from the Ravens-Raiders game, including the highest graded players from each team:

Baltimore Ravens

– HB Justin Forsett led the team with a +3.5 overall grade. Forsett forced six missed tackles on 15 carries, and 49 of his 68 rushing yards came after contact.

– WR Steve Smith earned a +3.4 grade after catching 10 of 16 targets for 150 yards and forcing four missed tackles after the catch. Smith was covered by six different defenders, and caught at least one pass against each of them.

– The Ravens were unable to get much pressure on Raiders QB Derek Carr. OLB Courtney Upshaw (-3.3) finished with just one hurry in his first game replacing Terrell Suggs in the starting lineup, and OLB Za’Darius Smith (-0.2) had one hurry over 25 pass rushes. OLB Elvis Dumervil (-0.6) led the team with four total pressures, but still earned a negative pass-rushing grade.

Top Performers:

HB Justin Forsett (+3.5)
WR Steve Smith (+3.4)
RG Marshal Yanda (+2.6)
CB Lardarius Webb (+1.4)
S Will Hill (+1.2)
C Jeremy Zuttah (+1.2)

Oakland Raiders

– Every starter on the offensive line earned a positive pass blocking grade, and the group was responsible for just three pressures, all hurries. LG Gabe Jackson earned a career-best +6.1 grade, thanks to a perfect day in pass protection and a +4.3 run blocking grade.

– OLBs Khalil Mack (+3.6) and Aldon Smith (+1.5) were the only Raiders to finish with grades over +1.0 as pass rushers. Smith finished with four hurries and a QB hit in 28 rushes after a quiet game last week (one QB hit).

– WRs Amari Cooper (+0.3) and Michael Crabtree (+3.1) were the top weapons for QB David Carr (+1.2), as both players had 100+ receiving yards and a touchdown. Two dropped passes kept Cooper’s grade from being higher. Crabtree won his matchup against Ravens CB Lardarius Webb (+1.4), catching four-of-seven targets for 82 yards and a touchdown.

Top Performers:

LG Gabe Jackson (+6.1)
OLB Khalil Mack (+3.6)
WR Michael Crabtree (+3.1)
RE C.J. Wilson (+2.5)
LT Donald Penn (+2.2)

  • Raider Joel

    its Derek Carr not David. geeeeez

  • Kash

    Omg. Can’t even get names right.

  • Moepack345

    How is there no mention of Crockett Gilmore’s big day. He’s becoming the #2nd option in this offense and his role needs to be mentioned here IMO.

  • Roy Armstrong

    How were the player’s grades in the Raider’s secondary? Did any of them have a positive grade?

    • Fernando R

      From what I have read Neiko Thorpe was the only cornerback with a positive grade yesterday. I could not find any info on the safeties.

  • Supychou

    Could be interesting to know why Webb has that “huge” grade (when you write Crabtree won his matchup). He was burnt pretty much the whole day and he still has a better grade than Jimmy Smith (who gave up that big TD, I admit, but still !).

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  • crosseyedlemon

    In easy field goal range on the games final drive Raider coaches continued to call for the pass. For once the bad coaching calls didn’t blow up in their face…but maybe they knew they would be getting an assist from the officials to help them win.

    • Alfredo Cota

      LOL it’s called going for the win.
      And by the way the call on Hill’s holding was clearly correct.

  • Davidd0726

    why are premium stats no longer available??

  • SuperRaider

    look at that left side of the O line

  • Matt

    Lol you guys totally contradicted yourselves with Webb’s grade…