ReFo: Raiders @ Rams, Week 13
In a matchup of former Los Angeles teams, the Raiders travelled to St. Louis after picking up their first win of the season in Week 12. The Rams jumped out to a quick lead that rapidly got out of control for the Raiders. Big plays by recent draft picks Tre Mason and Tavon Austin highlighted an offensive explosion as the Rams picked up their fifth win of the season while Oakland is left in sole possession of the worst record in the league.
Let’s take a look at a few individual performances from each team.
Oakland Raiders — Performances of Note
Khalif Barnes, OL: -5.7
Breakdown: It didn’t matter whether Barnes played at left guard or right tackle as he struggled at both positions. He earned his lowest grade of the season and looked much more similar to the -20.7 graded lineman we saw last season.
Signature Play: With 2:32 remaining in the second quarter, William Hayes swipes Barnes’ hands away and quickly beats him to force a hurry and the throwaway.
Charles Woodson, S: -1.7
Breakdown: After being the third highest graded safety through Week 8, Woodson’s play has since fallen off and he has subsequently earned the lowest grade for a safety over the last five weeks. Woodson allowed all four passes in his direction to be completed for a total of 58 yards against the Rams and missed two tackles post-catch.
Signature Stat: Over the first eight weeks of the season, Woodson missed a tackle in coverage once for every 23 attempts, sixth-best at his position. In the past five weeks, he has missed a tackle for every 3.7 attempted tackles in coverage, fifth-worst among safeties.
Marcel Reece, FB: -3.2
Breakdown: Reece saw a season-high 40 snaps as the Raiders tried to get him more involved in the offense. Despite leading the team with 48 receiving yards and tying James Jones for the most targets (seven) and receptions (six), Reece had one of the worst performances you will see from him. A fumble, an offensive pass interference penalty on fourth down, and a false start penalty negated any positive contribution that he offered.
Signature Stat: Although his usage is a bit different, Sunday’s game marked only the second time this season that both Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew both graded higher than Reece.
St. Louis Rams — Performances of Note
Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers, DTs: +3.3 and +2.8
Breakdown: Donald continues to make his case for Defensive Rookie of the Year with another solid outing. With a performance that included a sack, three hurries, and a batted pass, Donald has now overtaken the top overall grade among interior defensive linemen on the season. Brockers has not played nearly as well as his rookie counterpart, but this was arguably his best game of the season. He earned ‘green’ grades in both run defense and pass rushing for just the third time of his career and first since Week 5 of 2013.
Signature Play: (Q3 9:50) Brockers works his way past both Gabe Jackson and Donald Penn to be one of three Rams to get to the quarterback on the play.
Janoris Jenkins, CB: +1.9
Breakdown: Jenkins was one of four Rams’ defensive backs to earn a ‘green’ coverage grade against the Raiders. But while others’ grades were as a result of big plays, Jenkins was just consistent throughout his 42 snaps. He was targeted six times, allowing three receptions for a stingy four yards, all by James Jones.
Signature Stat: Jenkins allowed 0.14 Yards per Coverage Snap, the lowest of any cornerback that allowed multiple receptions this week.
Stedman Bailey, WR: +2.9
Breakdown: Bailey continues to shine as he earned a positive grade for the third consecutive week. He caught 5-of-6 passes thrown his way for 100 yards along with forcing a couple missed tackles.
Signature Stat: Bailey gained 100 yards on just 15 pass snaps for a 6.67 Yards gained per Route Run.
PFF Game Ball
Although his 14 touches that did not result in touchdowns went for just 32 yards, Tre Mason had two impressive scores early in the game to set the stage for the Rams’ big win.