OAK-CHI Grades: Cutler’s return dooms Raiders

The top takeaways from Sunday’s Oakland-Chicago game, including the highest-graded players from each team.

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(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

OAK-CHI Grades: Cutler’s return dooms Raiders

Here are the top takeaways from Sunday’s Oakland-Chicago game, including the highest-graded players from each team:

Oakland Raiders

– As long as OLB Aldon Smith can keep his act together off the field, the Raiders have one of the best tandems of edge defenders in the entire league. Smith earned the highest overall grade (+3.6) of anybody on Oakland’s defense Sunday, largely from a dominating performance against the run (+4.0 run defense grade). Smith set the edge very well and constantly stood up the outside man (he owned Martellus Bennett, who finished the day with a -3.3 run blocking grade) on the line. He also had five defensive stops for the game, including two sacks.

– QB Derek Carr finished Sunday with an overall grade of +1.2, which meant that it was the first time in his career that he posted overall grades of at least +1.0 in back-to-back weeks. His second quarter touchdown throw to Amari Cooper (-0.3) was a thing of beauty, and he should have had a third touchdown throw on a perfectly placed ball in the third quarter, but Seth Roberts (-0.9) was unable to get both feet down in bounds. Carr still has plenty of room for improvement, though. His 69.7 accuracy percentage was below his season average of 71.7 percent (currently 19th among QBs).

– LB Curtis Lofton (-3.9) had a brutal day—to add to what has been an abysmal year so far—in pass coverage. He finished Sunday with a -5.3 coverage grade, and he allowed all six targets thrown his way to be caught for 77 yards and a touchdown. Quarterbacks are now 16 of 16 for 161 yards, two touchdowns and a 148.2 QB rating when targeting the receiver being covered by Lofton. This poor showing gives him a -6.6 coverage grade for the year.

Top Performers:

P Marquette King (+3.7)

OLB Aldon Smith (+3.6)

NT Dan Williams (+3.1)

OLB Khalil Mack (+2.5)

DE Stacy McGee (+1.6)

WR Michael Crabtree (+1.6)

Chicago Bears

– LB Pernell McPhee had an overall grade of +6.4 on Sunday, making it his third consecutive game at +5.2 or better. McPhee had a fairly quiet day as a pass rusher (0.0 pass rush grade, one hurry), but he more than made up for it by dominating against the run. The fifth-year player out of Mississippi State finished the afternoon with a +5.6 run defense grade to go with a 21.1 run stop percentage, the highest percentage posted by any 3-4 outside linebacker so far this season.

– QB Jay Cutler returned from injury and had a solid game. He had a +0.8 grade for the day (+2.2 passing grade) and he made three big throws (including one on fourth down) during a very impressive, game-winning fourth quarter drive. Cutler was especially good in the short-passing game, completing 24 of 29 throws that traveled 10 yards or fewer through the air.

– Rookie NT Eddie Goldman had his best game of the season on Sunday, posting a +2.5 overall grade. Goldman recorded the first sack of his career, but where he really shined was in run defense, where he had a +3.0 grade. Goldman had one stop against the run, and he consistently ate up blockers in the middle of the line of scrimmage, forcing Raiders’ running backs out of their intended running lanes.

Top Performers:

OLB Pernell McPhee (+6.4)

NT Eddie Goldman (+2.5)

RT Kyle Long (+1.6)

LB Shea McClellin (+1.5)

FS Antrel Rolle (+1.4)

  • Jason Williams

    I feel like you’re forgetting the fourth quarter pick Jay threw that gave the Raiders the lead in the first place.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Right Jason and it would be a real stretch to call the game winning drive by Cutler impressive. His receivers had to make circus like catches on passes which were either too high or down below the knees.

      • Make Chicago Great Again

        Lol I don’t know what game you were watching but he put the ball in perfect spots on that last drive. You can’t complain about an interception on the drive before and then also complain about cutler putting the ball in spots where defenders had no chance. He took what he was given and hit receivers on boundaries with one big drop by wilson

        • Frank Laudicina

          People just always want to say something negative. Cutty was awesome. Imagine if he had Jeffery and White out there.

          • Trevor

            Not to mention a non-makeshift O-line lol

      • antityco


    • Trevor

      lol Cutler can do no right

    • Chiryder

      You see his rating?

    • bobbyv

      Unless you just want your quarterback to be a game manager, interceptions come with the territory.

  • Hemanth Swarna

    Cutler played a great game and completely exceeded expectations. I expected to be hobbled and get sacked often, but Jay proved his toughness and lead us to our first win this season

  • Phil Kloc

    Third week in a row McPhee is the highest rated Bear. What a pick-up and what a building block for this new defense. Gotta love his style of play.

    • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

      yea he’s not letting the increased playing time (or more importantly) the money change his style of play. he is an ascending player still too

      • Phil Kloc

        Skeptics said that an organization like the Ravens wouldn’t just let a great player walk out of their building but this looks like an exception where the Ravens let a good one get away

        • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

          ravens constantly let good players walk, it’s a bi-product of their consistent drafts, can’t pay them all. they also highly value compensatory draft picks since they equate to a cheap 4 year contract for a younger player

      • antityco

        The word you were looking for was ‘yeah.’

        • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

          Yea, sure, troll

    • Matt

      Yeah he disrupted a lot of our gameplan… came up with the key 3rd and 2 stop late in the game.

    • derek lundeen

      it’s also his third consecutive game at +5.2 or better and that’s insane

    • Chiryder

      Not really saying much. There really isn’t anyone better.

  • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

    the league is better when the raiders are relevant. i’m actually excited to watch my broncos take them on for the first time in many many years, shouldn’t be a gimme anymore

  • Charlie W

    Wasn’t Antrel Rolle out? Is that Amos’ grade?

    • Chiryder

      Rolle left the game in the second half.

  • Frank Laudicina

    Mcphee is a straight beast!!!!! Ryan Pace hit a home run with that dude.

  • antityco

    I was at this game. The defence played well overall. McClellin is a whipping boy for some of the meat ball fans, but he’s really playing well. McPhee is a beast. The addition of Tracy Porter really helped.