BUF-OAK grades: Derek Carr thrives behind solid O-line protection

Highest-graded players and top takeaways from the Raiders' Week 13 win over the Bills.

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Derek Carr

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BUF-OAK grades: Derek Carr thrives behind solid O-line protection

Oakland Raiders 38, Buffalo Bills 24

Here are the highest-graded players and top takeaways from the Raiders’ Week 13 win over the Bills.

Buffalo Bills

Quarterback grade: Tyrod Taylor, 65.8

Pressure forces inaccuracy from Tyrod Taylor

Tyrod Taylor started this game off hot, connecting on 9-of-10 of his first passes, and leading his team to a seven-point lead early in the second quarter. Taylor struggled more as the game went on, and the Raiders started to get pressure on him. Taylor, who holds onto the ball longer than any quarterback in the league, on average, was pressured on 19-0f-41 (46 percent) of his dropbacks. Taylor went 4-for-15 and was sacked four times when pressured, giving him a 15.4 QB rating under pressure.

Tyrod Taylor vs pressure

Top offensive grades:

FB Jerome Felton, 88.3

G Richie Incognito, 82.6

G John Miller, 81.5

OT Cordy Glenn, 79.5

C Ryan Groy, 77.0

Run blocking dominant in Bills’ loss

The Bills, who came in as one the best rushing teams in the NFL, faced off against the Raiders, whose defense is near the bottom of the league in yards per carry allowed. So, it’s no surprise that the Bills put on a strong performance in the trenches on the offensive side. Four-of-five of the Bills’ starting offensive linemen earned positive run-blocking grades, and Buffalo averaged 7.1 yards per carry in the game.

Top defensive grades:

DI Marcell Dareus, 83.4

DI DeAndre Coleman, 78.6

S James Ihedigbo, 76.5

ED Lorenzo Alexander, 73.0

ED Shaq Lawson, 72.6

Marcell Dareus stands out in run defense in loss 

There were not many great performances on the defensive side of the ball for the Bills, but Marcell Dareus’ performance against the run when facing a highly-touted O-line was impressive. Dareus had four run stops and an 89.7 run-defense grade on the day.

Oakland Raiders

Quarterback grade: Derek Carr, 82.3

Carr puts on another outstanding performance in Raiders’ victory

Derek Carr was extremely efficient the whole day, and would have looked a lot better if his receivers hadn’t had five drops, including a Michael Crabtree drop in the end zone. Carr did his best work in the middle of the field, going 14-of-21 for 190 yards and two touchdowns inside the numbers.

Derek Carr vs pressure

Top offensive grades:

QB Derek Carr, 82.3

OT Donald Penn, 81.9

FB Jamize Olawale, 78.4

C Rodney Hudson, 77.6

G Kelechi Osemele, 77.3

Pass protection outstanding in win

Derek Carr can thank his offensive linemen for their aid in his performance. Carr was only pressured on five of his 35 dropbacks (four credited to the O-line). On those five pressures, his QB rating was a measly 39.6, but when he was kept clean, his QB rating was a whopping 113.2. All of the Oakland offensive linemen finished with positive pass-protection grades; Carr did not see any pressure from his blind side, as Osemele and Penn were not charged with any pressures.

Top defensive grades:

CB T.J. Carrie, 84.4

ED Khalil Mack, 81.0

S Nate Allen, 78.2

ED James Cowser, 72.9

LB Perry Riley, 72.5

Mack makes huge plays down the stretch to clinch victory 

Khalil Mack did not start this game out well at all, but came up big in the fourth quarter to secure a Raiders’ victory. On the Bills’ first touchdown, Mack bit hard on the fake to the running back and gave Tyrod Taylor a wide-open lane to run in the end zone. But with his team protecting a six-point lead, Mack deflected a pass out of Taylor’s hand that ended up being intercepted by Nate Allen, and led to a touchdown. On the next drive, the Bills got down inside the Raiders’ red zone, and Mack had beat Jordan Mills with a bull-rush to get a strip sack and fumble recovery to effectively end the Bills’ chances of coming away with a victory.

PFF Game Ball: Derek Carr, QB, Raiders

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  • Douglas Martindale

    Carr is the next Rodgers/Fav
    re franchise QB.

    • crosseyedlemon

      He’s developing into an excellent team leader though I suspect most Raider fans will always consider the “Snake” as their favorite QB.

      • Mike Riley

        He’s becoming mine. Too young to ever watch the Snake.

        • BoomShot

          Yup. The Snake is an NFL Films legend, but Rich Gannon is my favorite (I’m 34)

  • BoomShot

    No mention of McCoy at all?? The guy racks up 130+ yards and isn’t one of Buffalo’s top rated players? What’s up with that?

    • heLLpaso

      Their grades for skill position players is lacking. Sometimes you see a receiver have 8 catches, for 150 yards, 2 TD’s and they won’t even mention them because they probably had one drop and didn’t have a 100% blocking grade. They’re a friggin’ receiver, man. Sure it’s good to block but as long as you’re not a gigantic liability, catching and running the ball should be the majority of the ratings.

      • Thomas W

        Jerome Felton appears to have received the highest rating in the game. I like the guy, but my first reaction after the game wasn’t “Jerome Felton was the best guy out there.”

        • Mike Riley

          Who’s Jerome Felton? I don’t remember his name being called at all yesterday.

          • Thomas W

            Bills’ fullback. They mentioned him a couple times on the TV broadcast. Excellent lead blocker, but still…

  • The Sleeper

    Just figured the Raiders out… they loaf in the first half letting their opponents tired themselves in a frenzy of activity, then in the second half, while still fresh and rested, they rise up and crush the other team who is physically unable to respond.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Plausible but somehow I don’t think Roger Goodell will buy that. He’ll want to conduct an investigation to determine if the Gatorade has been spiked during halftime.