OAK-DEN Grades: Mack’s career day leads Raiders to victory
Here are the top takeaways and highest-graded players from the Raiders’ 15-12 win over the Broncos.
– LB Khalil Mack earned a career-high +13.8 grade after recording 10 total pressures (five sacks) and seven stops. Mack has been unblockable this season, and currently has the best grade of any edge defender (+67.6). DE Mario Edwards Jr. (+6.2) also deserves credit for his strong play. The second-round draft pick has earned grades above +1.0 in seven of his nine games since joining the starting lineup in Week 5, and added three pressures, a batted pass, and two stops yesterday.
– QB Derek Carr (-1.0) did not have his best game, but took advantage of Denver’s muffed punt in the fourth quarter by throwing the go-ahead touchdown to TE Mychal Rivera. Denver blitzed Carr on 21 of his 32 dropbacks. WR Amari Cooper (-2.8) had his worst game of the season; he was targeted seven times but finished with 0 catches and two dropped passes.
– Oakland was unable to get any production from their rushing offense, finishing with 27 rushing yards on 23 attempts. Five Raiders earned grades below -1.0 for run blocking, including four of the five starters on the offensive line. LG Gabe Jackson has enjoyed a breakout season in 2015, but his -4.9 overall grade yesterday was his worst of the year.
LB Khalil Mack (+13.8)
DE Denico Autry (+6.6)
LB Mario Edwards Jr. (+6.2)
DE Justin Ellis (+2.7)
LB Ben Heeney (+2.4)
– QB Brock Osweiler (+0.3) threw for more than 300 yards, but just eight of his 46 passes traveled more than 10 yards in the air. TE Vernon Davis and WR Demaryius Thomas were Osweiler’s top targets in the game, but combined for three drops, including a costly one by Davis on fourth down late in the game.
– The Broncos’ front seven continued to impress, especially against the run. All seven starters earned positive run defense grades, led by LB Todd Davis (+3.2). LB Von Miller led the team with a +2.8 pass rush grade, recording three total pressures and a batted pass. The Broncos now lead the league in team run defense, and rank second in our team pass rush grading.
– Denver’s offensive line was dominated by Oakland’s front seven, making it difficult for the Broncos to move the ball on the ground. The Broncos earned a -12.0 team pass blocking grade and a -15.9 team run blocking grade, and also averaged less than two yards per rush. RT Michael Schofield finished with a season-worst -7.0 grade, and was unable to slow down Oakland’s edge defenders.
LB Todd Davis (+3.4)
LB Von Miller (+3.0)
DE Malik Jackson (+2.7)
LB Brandon Marshall (+2.4)
LB Shaquille Barrett (+2.3)