OAK-DEN Grades: Mack’s career day leads Raiders to victory

The top takeaways and highest-graded players from the Raiders’ 15-12 win over the Broncos.

| 12 months ago
(AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

(AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

OAK-DEN Grades: Mack’s career day leads Raiders to victory


Here are the top takeaways and highest-graded players from the Raiders’ 15-12 win over the Broncos.

Oakland Raiders

– LB Khalil Mack earned a career-high +13.8 grade after recording 10 total pressures (five sacks) and seven stops. Mack has been unblockable this season, and currently has the best grade of any edge defender (+67.6). DE Mario Edwards Jr. (+6.2) also deserves credit for his strong play. The second-round draft pick has earned grades above +1.0 in seven of his nine games since joining the starting lineup in Week 5, and added three pressures, a batted pass, and two stops yesterday.

– QB Derek Carr (-1.0) did not have his best game, but took advantage of Denver’s muffed punt in the fourth quarter by throwing the go-ahead touchdown to TE Mychal Rivera. Denver blitzed Carr on 21 of his 32 dropbacks. WR Amari Cooper (-2.8) had his worst game of the season; he was targeted seven times but finished with 0 catches and two dropped passes.

– Oakland was unable to get any production from their rushing offense, finishing with 27 rushing yards on 23 attempts. Five Raiders earned grades below -1.0 for run blocking, including four of the five starters on the offensive line. LG Gabe Jackson has enjoyed a breakout season in 2015, but his -4.9 overall grade yesterday was his worst of the year.

Top Performers:

LB Khalil Mack (+13.8)
DE Denico Autry (+6.6)
LB Mario Edwards Jr. (+6.2)
DE Justin Ellis (+2.7)
LB Ben Heeney (+2.4)

Denver Broncos

– QB Brock Osweiler (+0.3) threw for more than 300 yards, but just eight of his 46 passes traveled more than 10 yards in the air. TE Vernon Davis and WR Demaryius Thomas were Osweiler’s top targets in the game, but combined for three drops, including a costly one by Davis on fourth down late in the game.

– The Broncos’ front seven continued to impress, especially against the run. All seven starters earned positive run defense grades, led by LB Todd Davis (+3.2). LB Von Miller led the team with a +2.8 pass rush grade, recording three total pressures and a batted pass. The Broncos now lead the league in team run defense, and rank second in our team pass rush grading.

– Denver’s offensive line was dominated by Oakland’s front seven, making it difficult for the Broncos to move the ball on the ground. The Broncos earned a -12.0 team pass blocking grade and a -15.9 team run blocking grade, and also averaged less than two yards per rush. RT Michael Schofield finished with a season-worst -7.0 grade, and was unable to slow down Oakland’s edge defenders.

Top performers:

LB Todd Davis (+3.4)
LB Von Miller (+3.0)
DE Malik Jackson (+2.7)
LB Brandon Marshall (+2.4)
LB Shaquille Barrett (+2.3)

  • shaunhan murray

    So uhh..Mack for dpoy?

    • unc54

      Not with the rest of the D playing terrible. But I seem as an All-Pro.

    • Aaron McFarland

      Aaron Donald or JJ Watt have been the best defensive players this year, Mack though has been good but probably not good enough.

      • Rick Peterson

        I love Aaron Donald and JJ Watt but neither of them have performed as well as Mack. He is the most dominant defender in the league. Mack had to play through a groin injury but now that he is healthy he can’t be blocked. Just a thought- Wouldn’t it be nice to have those three on the same line? Talk about o-line misery!

    • Mark Erickson

      Would love for Mack to get it, but truthfully Aaron Donald is playing better than any defender in the league right now. Which is impressive given St. Louis essentially has little to play for right now and they are without Quinn to help draw double blocks off of Donald (even if Quinn wasn’t having his best year).

      • Drew

        Mack lost tuck and Aldon…. He beat the broncos yesterday!
        Mack has more TFL, sacks, and FFBs than Donald…not sure how you think Donald is having a better year

        • Mark Erickson

          Guys who play the inside aren’t gonna have the same number as guys who play the edge, so counting sacks isn’t exactly a great form of measurement. And you must be forgetting about Dan Williams, plus Edwards seems to be performing just fine on the other edge so don’t make it out like Mack is all alone up front. No hate on Oakland, and if Mack won DPOY I wouldn’t argue it after the fact, but Donald has been dominant since week 1 at his position, while Mack had a bit of a slow start. We still have 3 weeks left to change some opinions though!

        • codered5

          I believe that’s because the raiders had to make great individual plays to make up for holes in the roster. Denver really is an excellent defense with the coverage and rush working in tandem. In addition to that the raiders have a very good pass blocking o-line so denver could not run up it grades by destroying oakland’s pass blocking. The raiders essentially got all of their positive grade at the expense of denver’s oline. Something else I’ve noticed is that pff absolutely eviscerates a players grade for 1)fumbles 2)penalties and 3)dropped passes by recievers. Itso really a flaw in their grading system because they seem to take away entire points for those things regardless of how negatively or positively they effect the but bad int’s don’t hurt grades as much, e.g matt ryan. I think those types of mistakes really hurt denver’s grade albeit unfair.

      • John

        Are you guys raider fans or haters Mack has been double teamed all year he finally gets a few 1 double teamed all year he finally gets a few 1 on 1s and jj watt Donald is much better that’s funny Mack has been getting double teamed since he entered the league can we say that about JJ Watt Quinn or Donald he’ll know Carrie’ has been getting double teamed since he entered the league can we say that about JJ Watt Quinn or Donald hell no case closed

        • Stone

          Please use punctuation next time. Trying to comprehend whatever you wrote was torturous and still makes zero sense.

      • shaunhan murray

        Yeah I agree

  • Aaron McFarland

    I am surprised RT Michael Schofield scored that high, being he was a turnstile for Khalil Mack.

    • codered5

      Well to be fair I believe he collected fare for khalil to pass through so Pff is giving him credit for his entrepreneurial spirit.

  • anon76returns

    It’s fitting that neither team had an offensive player in the top 5. I’m surprised that Oakland’s defense graded out so much higher (at least judging by the top 5) than Denver’s. Denver’s D held a relatively potent offense to 127 total yards and essentially one scoring drive, while Oakland’s defense gave up 4 scoring drives and over 300 yards to a relatively anemic offense.

    • Johnny Rotten

      I think it’s because Denver’s defense played well across the board. Pretty much their entire defense has stud players. Whereas the Raiders only have a few great players. If they showed the grades of the other Raider defensive players they would probably have negative grades. So all the yardage and points would fall on their shoulders.

      • anon76returns

        Maybe. But PFF is showing half of the starters for each club, and at every rank (e.g. highest through 5th highest) the Oakland player was graded higher, with significantly higher grades for the top 3, to the point where it’s nearly impossible for Denver to have a higher grade overall, in spite of a much better overall defensive game.

        • Rick Peterson

          Denver played a great game on defense but so did the Raiders. Denver was tough between the 20s but the Raiders were dominant in the red zone. Neither team could run the ball and both played well against the pass with an edge to Denver, at least in the first half. One major factor favoring the Raiders were the safety and forced fumble while Denver couldn’t create a turnover.

          • anon76returns

            The Raiders were decent in the red zone. The Broncos got in 2 times where the Raiders shut them down, but on the Broncos’ third trip into the red zone the Raiders completely lost Virgil Green in coverage, and allowed DT to get inside on a slant route that he should have caught for a TD. The lack of execution by the Broncos on those plays does not absolve the Raiders’ defense of their missed assignments, which should have cost them 4 points.
            The Raiders did force 3 fumbles to the Broncos 1 forced fumble (recoveries of fumbles are generally more about luck than anything else), so advantage there. The safety was simply a sack where ST had put Denver in a bad situation. Field position set up by ST shouldn’t have an effect on a defensive grade one way or the other.
            The bottom line for me is how often do you see a top 10 (yardage wise) offense held to 125 yards in a game, vs. how often do you see a bottom 10 offense shut down in the red zone on two out of three attempts. The Raiders had a good day defensively, but the Broncos D had a day you see MAYBE once a season.
            Or, to put it another way, the Broncos held the Raiders to 35% of their season average yardage total and 63% of their season average point total, while the Raiders held the Broncos to 91% of their season yardage total and 54% of their season average point total. Seems to me the Broncos’ results were more impressive, especially when over half of Oakland’s points came from the defense or and an 11 yard drive following an unforced turnover.

        • Johnny Rotten

          Yeah but those are just the 5 highest graded players. So if you look at the Raiders top 5 graded players they’re mainly D-lineman (Edwards and Mack are OLB/DEs. So they got good grades rushing the passer and stopping the run. All the yardage Denver got came through the air where Oakland has been awful all season.

          If they showed the DB and ILB grades they would probably be negative. If you look at every starter on Denver’s defense they all probably had positive grades. They stopped Oklands pass offense and rush offense. Okland just stopped Denvers rush offense. So Oakland’s front 7 just got better grades because they stopped the run and rushed the passer better.

          • anon76returns

            Maybe. Another thing I guess to consider is that PFF grades are earned on a per snap basis, and Denver ran 77 offensive plays to Oakland’s 55, meaning if they got the same average grade per snap, the Oakland players’ grades would be 40% higher just based on # of snaps.
            The thing is we’ll never know how well the Raiders ILBs and DBs were graded, due to PFF’s decision to shut us off from the numbers we’d actually be interested in looking at.

    • Twinkie defense

      Denver did not have a single touchdown!

      • anon76returns

        That is very true. Osweiler missed a wide open Virgil Green (poor play by Oakland) and DT dropped a pass as he was falling into the endzone (not a good play by Oakland). The “no touchdowns” was a much of a result of bad plays by the Broncos offense as it was good plays by the Oakland defense, which means it doesn’t really explain why Oakland got a better grade than the Broncos, especially considering the fact that Oakland’s offense is better and was held to a mere handful of good plays.

        • Rick Peterson

          Bad plays on the part of an offense go down as good defense statistically. Carr overthrowing Cooper deep goes down as a good defensive play even though it was just a bad throw. Same with the miss of Green. Yardage wise Denver played better, turnover and points favored the Raiders. Both played very well especially Denver in the first half and the Raiders in the second half. Minus 12 yards in a half is ridiculous as is five sacks in 24 minutes. Both run defenses were excellent. The Broncos secondary was outstanding while the Raiders secondary was pretty good. The Broncos front seven was very good but the Raiders front seven was dominant. No matter which defense you favored, both teams played great on that side of the ball.

          • anon76returns

            I don’t recall any Oakland receiver getting open deep all game, though I may be mistaken. When did that happen?
            I’m also not sure the points allowed favor Oakland by much. Oakland’s offense scored 13 points, while Denver’s offense scored 12 points. FF did favor the Raiders by a 3 to 1 margin, which is great, but again nothing too out of the ordinary. When was the last time you saw a team held to 126 yards? When was the last time you saw a team held to 12 points?
            Sure seems like one of those two is much more out of the ordinary than the other.

    • Rico Stifler

      Raiders offense has been playing poorly for the last few weeks.

      • anon76returns

        In their last 5 games (coming into the Denver game) they averaged 359 yards of offense and 21 points/game, which is pretty close to their season average. They had some bad turnovers in the 4th qtr vs. KC, but other than that the offense was playing pretty well in that game and the Tennessee game.

        • Rico Stifler

          Before those two games, it was the Lions and the Vikings and the O played poorly in both of those games. Lions game, they only had 216 yards of offense. Vikings game, they had 371 but it was all Carr but he also threw two picks in that game.

          Latavius Murray sucks, imo. Vikings game, he had 77 total yards. Lions, 28 yards, 1 TD. Titans, 82 total yards, Chiefs, 97 total yards, 1 TD. Broncos, 27 yards. Murray is a huge reason why the offense for Oakland hasn’t been playing well.

          The reality is that 359 yards of offense is at best, mediocre and Carr is responsible for almost every single yard.

  • crosseyedlemon

    The Raiders delivered an inspired effort on the road against a team the Patriots couldn’t beat but may end up watching a team that just allowed 51 points to the Jaguars get a playoff spot instead of them…..that’s just wrong.

  • ElwayIsGod7

    Fuck the Raiders, fuck their fans, and fuck Al Davis’s corpse.

    • CVRaider

      And Fuck you, Fuck Elway, Fuck the Donkey’s, and fuck your mom. Ha-ha ha-ha ha-ha ha-ha ha-ha ha-ha

      • codered5

        Easy on disrespecting his mom. I would’nt insult your wife

    • briscocountyjr

      right back at you and the whole donkey fan base. You could only dream to accomplish as much as Al Davis

    • briscocountyjr

      oh ya and YOU MAD!!!!!!!

    • Rick Peterson

      It is nice to see that a dumb drunk like Elway still has at least one fan. I hope you and Johnboy enjoyed the game!

      • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

        hope you enjoyed your team’s super bowl, cuz that was the biggest game y’all have played in a decade. labor day being so late this year is the only reason OAK will see january football for the first time in 6 years, and 2010’s january game was just as meaningless as 2016’s will be for them.

        • Rick Peterson

          Was that post supposed to be an attempt to insult the Raiders? Rambling and Weak. Over the next few years you can expect more beatings from the Raiders so in the interest of your mental health you might as well get used to it. Happy Holidays!

          • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

            i thought it was concise. meanwhile “rambling and weak” isn’t a complete sentence, typical of a raiders fan

          • Rick Peterson

            Concise? No. Rambling and weak? Yes. A person critical of sentence structure that doesn’t have a clue about sentence structure is an interesting response especially when you throw in the “typical of a raiders fan” finish. Hopefully you are in your early years of education and have time to develop a coherent thought process otherwise you face a bleak future.

          • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi
    • crosseyedlemon

      The autumn wind is a Raider
      Pillaging just for fun
      He’ll knock you round and upside down
      And laugh when he’s conquered and won

    • Rico Stifler

      I hope Archer fucks you dirty. Then Cyril jumps in as he and Archer tag teams your ass.