Raiders: Opposing defensive stars held in check
The 0-3 Oakland Raiders and their rookie-led offense opened the season by facing off with the Jets’ destructive D-line and suffered at their hands, but in the weeks since, Oakland has found some positives to point to by keeping other defensive stars from stealing the show.
In Week 2, the Raiders had to deal with Houston’s all-everything defensive end, J.J. Watt and managed to mitigate his impact on the game while seeing him take home a slightly negative overall grade – just the third he’s logged since the start of the 2012 season. While Watt notched three hits and two hurries as a pass rusher, his run defense rating kept him from breaking even for the game.
On the heels of that matchup, Carr and the Raider offense took on new Patriot Darrelle Revis in Foxborough and handed him a -1.6 coverage grade, completing five of the six passes sent his way. That mark was lower than all but two of Revis’ coverage grades since early in the 2010 season.
This week, in London, they’ll see another set of defensive standouts in Miami’s defensive end Cameron Wake and cornerback Brent Grimes, each landing among the best at their respective positions in 2013. While Grimes isn’t off to the same kind of start, Wake is currently leading all 4-3 DEs in pass rush grade (+11.8) and in our Pass Rushing Productivity Signature Stat (14.3), with 14 total pressures on 91 pass-rushing snaps.