OAK-SD Grades: Carr lights up the Chargers for road victory
Here are the top takeaways and highest-graded players from the Raiders’ 37-29 win over the Chargers.
– QB Derek Carr (+3.2) earned a positive grade for the fourth consecutive game, with an efficient performance. Carr was nearly perfect when not pressured: 19-of-23 for 253 yards, three touchdowns, and a 152.1 QB Rating. WR Amari Cooper was Carr’s top target in the game, finishing with five catches for 133 yards and a touchdown, good for a season-best +3.4 grade.
– OLB Khalil Mack (+5.8 overall grade) continued his dominant season, recording six QB hurries for the second week in a row. Mack’s +4.5 run defense grade was his best of the season, and he now leads all NFL 3-4 OLBs in both overall grade and run defense grade. The Buffalo product has finished with a negative PFF grade in just two of his 23 career games.
– LG Gabe Jackson (+1.1) was perfect in pass protection for the third time this season. Jackson has yet to allow a sack in 2015, and ranks fifth among NFL guards with a +12.1 overall grade.
C Rodney Hudson (+6.5)
OLB Khalil Mack (+5.8)
WR Amari Cooper (+3.4)
QB Derek Carr (+3.2)
NT Dan Williams (+1.9)
San Diego Chargers
– QB Philip Rivers (-2.3) had trouble with extra pass rushers, finishing with a -2.1 grade on 17 snaps against the blitz. San Diego was unable to consistently move the ball until late in the second half, when the Raiders were in prevent coverages to protect their huge lead. 114 of Rivers’ 336 passing yards came on checkdown passes and screens to HBs Danny Woodhead and Branden Oliver.
– C Trevor Robinson (-6.5) earned a negative grade for the fifth consecutive game after allowing seven QB hurries and struggling in the run game. Raiders NT Dan Williams (+1.9) consistently dominated Robinson with bull rushes throughout the game.
– Although the Raiders finished with modest rushing statistics (26 rushes for 130 yards, 58 yards after contact), their offensive line dominated San Diego in the run game. The Chargers finished with a -10.7 team run defense grade, and missed seven tackles on rushing plays. DE Kendall Reyes (-3.5 run defense grade) was consistently sealed by the Raiders’ offensive line, and also failed to record a pressure in 19 pass rush attempts.
RT Joe Barksdale (+2.6)
RG D.J. Fluker (+2.2)
OLB Jerry Attaochu (+1.5)
LG Orlando Franklin (+0.9)
HB Branden Oliver (+0.8)