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:
– 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.
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)
– 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.
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)