OAK-CLE Grades: Woodson seals win, but Mack is star

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

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(AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

(AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

OAK-CLE Grades: Woodson seals win, but Mack is star


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

Oakland Raiders

— The Oakland offensive line had a very nice outing against the Browns as they allowed only three quarterback hurries. Left tackle Donald Penn (+3.4) led the unit and his overall grade was the highest on the Raiders offense. He allowed one pressure on 36 pass block snaps and he finished the game with a team-high run block grade of +2.4.

— Cleveland tried blocking Khalil Mack (+4.6) with tight ends and fullbacks on some occasions and the second-year player punished the Browns for it. He picked up five total pressures on 47 pass rush snaps, including two sacks and two hits. He also recorded four run stops and blew up several run plays from the edge on his way to a team-high run defense grade of +2.3.

— While Aldon Smith (-3.9) graded out positively against the run due to a couple nice plays, his overall grade was the lowest on Oakland’s defense. This was partially due to the two penalties he committed and also because he had to go up against one of the best left tackles in football in Joe Thomas, who successfully kept him in check for most of the afternoon. Consequently, he recorded only one quarterback hurry on 46 pass rush snaps.

— Safety Charles Woodson (+1.1) cannot make great plays as consistently as he once could and this showed in the first 59 minutes of yesterday’s matchup. Woodson allowed three receptions on six targets for 76 yards and a touchdown up to that point. He also graded negatively against the run and missed a tackle. However, he certainly made up for it on the last defensive play as he baited quarterback Josh McCown into a seemingly easy pass before making a great break on the football to seal the win for the Raiders.

Top performers:

LB Khalil Mack (+4.6)
LT Donald Penn (+3.4)
QB Derek Carr (+2.9)
RT Austin Howard (+2.9)
LB Malcom Smith (+1.6)

 

Cleveland Browns

— It is a recipe for allowing big plays if your safeties miss the most tackles on defense, and this is what happened to the Browns yesterday. Out of the 14 missed tackles recorded by Cleveland, eight came from the trio of Jordan Poyer (-3.7), Donte Whitner (-3.1) and Tashaun Gipson (-1.5). With the exception of Poyer, the trio also struggled in pass coverage.

— The duel of cornerback Joe Haden (-2.7) and wide receiver Amari Cooper was one of the more anticipated aspects of yesterday’s game. While Cooper may still be a rookie he won the matchup, and it wasn’t close. Haden allowed a reception on all six targets when he was in coverage on Cooper. Overall, he gave up 87 yards and also missed two tackles on the former Alabama standout. Derek Carr had a passer rating of 118.8 when targeting Haden, which is tied for the highest figure on the Browns defense.

— While quarterback Josh McCown (-2.5) did have some good throws on the two final drives for the Browns, he struggled most of the afternoon, especially when he was blitzed. His completion percentage dropped from 69.2 to 43.5 when being blitzed and his passer rating dropped from 90.9 to 64.3 when he was pressured. In addition, he managed to complete only 2 of 6 passes that traveled more than 20 yards.

— Tight end Gary Barnidge (-2.0) did have some success in the pass game as he caught 6 of his 10 targets for 105 yards and a touchdown. McCown also had a passer rating of 129.2 when throwing his way. However, most of these receptions and yards came due to rather poor coverage from the Raiders rather than spectacular plays from Barnidge. In addition, he often had the tough task of going up against Khalil Mack in the run game where he failed to impress, which led to a team-low run block grade of -2.7.

Top performers:

C Alex Mack (+3.5)
LT Joe Thomas (+3.0)
RG John Greco (+2.2)
WR Brian Hartline (+1.6)
DE Jamie Meder (+1.5)

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  • crosseyedlemon

    Back to back wins by the Raiders is probably even rarer than a Blood Moon Eclipse. Maybe they need to petition the league to move them to the NFC North. The Browns have pretty much convinced everyone in Ohio that the only team in the state worth watching is in Columbus.

    • Cant FixStupid

      Why the NFC North??

      • crosseyedlemon

        Typo mistake…should have read AFC where Raiders got both their victories.

    • mevatz

      Yeah Cincinnati isn’t on fire or anything and Pittsburgh and Baltimore weren’t in the playoffs last year and have no history of winning right? Easy to see crosseyedlemon just wants to talk to see if anyone is reading. Last time oakland was in the playoffs was when the browns were in 2002, don’t let the win go to your head. Still 13 games to go and Oakland still has one of the worst secondaries in the league. Your triple threat isn’t going to be as damaging against a better caliber defense. Wish oakland the best, the fans deserve a winning team. There is a lot of potential for the younger guys coming up (Carr, Cooper, Mack), Browns have to be kicking themselves for missing those draft picks.

      • crosseyedlemon

        Pittsburgh and Baltimore are in Ohio? I still believe you could get more people to watch the Buckeyes than the Bengals.

        • mevatz

          U have more people watching a buckeye game Than An Oakland Game As well. Besides the comment was mentioned for your typo error.

  • Alfredo Cota

    If Cooper cuts the drop rate he’s already a top 10 receiver in the NFL. He abused Joe Haden.

    • Cant FixStupid

      I like Cooper, but that’s just absurd!! Is Tyrod Taylor a top 10 QB already?? There’s some very good WRs that Cooper has a long way to go before even being considered better than any of these guys. Julio, Antonio, Dez, DT, Calvin, AJ, Odell, Jordy, Cobb, Hilton, Fitz, Jeffrey, Marshall, Sanders, Tate. There’s 15, and I know I’m missing a few others who probably deserve to be listed. Cooper is a baller, and no doubt has potential to be top 10, but it’s a disrespect to a lot of guys who have already proven themselves to call Cooper better than any of them. Cooper has to earn it, and 2 good games isn’t near enough to even say he’s top 20 yet.

      • sureshot32

        I’d slot him between 8th and 9th on your list.

      • Alfredo Cota

        He’s better than Jeffery, Tate and arguably Hilton. Fitz is declining and so is Marshall (who I love). I’m not a guy who randomly praises rookies, but Amari is as slam dunk a rookie as you’ll ever get and he’s already a true #1 receiver with back to back 100 yards games AND HE’S BARELY 21. Ok he might be top 15 and not top 10 but who cares? He’s a future perennial pro bowler and that was my point.

        • LechlerFan

          You’re all wrong. Amari Cooper is the 78th best WR in the NFL. It’s right there in the “Premium Stats.” Don’t question the grading system.

          • Alfredo Cota

            As a philosophy scholar, I can tell you that this happens when brute stats/numbers take over reason.

          • Alfredo Cota

            Body of work > sum of parts. PFF is not holistic, sadly.

        • LechlerFan

          You’re all wrong. Amari Cooper is the 78th best WR in the NFL. It’s right there in the “Premium Stats.” Don’t question the grading system.

      • Alfredo Cota

        He’s better than Jeffery, Tate and arguably Hilton. Fitz is declining and so is Marshall (who I love). I’m not a guy who randomly praises rookies, but Amari is as slam dunk a rookie as you’ll ever get and he’s already a true #1 receiver with back to back 100 yards games AND HE’S BARELY 21. Ok he might be top 15 and not top 10 but who cares? He’s a future perennial pro bowler and that was my point.

  • WarBoychun24

    Carr, Coop, Murray: offensive triplets excelling fast.

    Mack , Aldon, players to be named later: still needs back seven help that will come via the 2016 draft and FA period.

    But Raiders future looks bright. Get another road win Raids this week at Chicago and come home to face rival Broncos.

  • WarBoychun24

    Carr, Coop, Murray: offensive triplets excelling fast.

    Mack , Aldon, players to be named later: still needs back seven help that will come via the 2016 draft and FA period.

    But Raiders future looks bright. Get another road win Raids this week at Chicago and come home to face rival Broncos.

  • Anthony V.

    The top 3 for Cleveland were offensive linemen. Yet the Browns couldn’t run the ball and McCown was sacked 5 times. Something doesn’t add up here, did the browns play without a LG and RT most of the game?

  • LechlerFan

    Amari Cooper won the matchup with Joe Haden, it wasn’t even close, and so we gave him a -0.8 rating. We currently have him ranked as the 78th best WR in the league. That is how our grading system works. Sincerely, PFF.

  • LechlerFan

    Amari Cooper won the matchup with Joe Haden, it wasn’t even close, and so we gave him a -0.8 rating. We currently have him ranked as the 78th best WR in the league. That is how our grading system works. Sincerely, PFF.

  • Vysehrad

    Hey PFF, remember all that Carr bashing you did in the off season? Yeah.