ReFo: Broncos @ Raiders, Week 10

Thomas Maney sorts out the notable performances from Denver's convincing win in Oakland.

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ReFo: Broncos @ Raiders, Week 10

2014-REFO-WK10-DEN@OAKThis was a surprisingly competitive game after a shaky start by Denver against the winless Raiders in Oakland. However, once the Broncos regained the lead late in the second quarter, they never relinquished it, pulling away with two scores in the final three minutes of the first half and three more touchdowns in the third quarter.

Oakland just couldn’t keep up with the explosive Denver offense, turning it over several times and failing to take full advantage of Denver’s two turnovers. Conversely, the Broncos turned around and scored a touchdown after each of their three takeaways.

Denver Broncos – Performances of Note

Von Miller, LB: +8.4

Breakdown: This was a dominant performance by Miller, who repeatedly got into the backfield using a devastating inside spin move. He finished the game with six hurries and a hit to go along with a solid three stops in run defense.

Signature Play: 3Q, 6:01. Made a similar play later in the third quarter at 1:01, but on this one, left guard Khalif Barnes had no answer for the spin as Miller quickly and easily reached Derek Carr for the sack, though it ended up being nullified.

CJ Anderson, RB: +1.6

Breakdown: Logging his highest snap count of the season, Anderson gained 90 yards on 13 carries for a solid day rushing, though he let the blocking do much of the work with only 33 yards coming after contact. Also had a good day in the passing game with four receptions, including a spectacular 51-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Signature Play: 2Q, 3:00. Made the Oakland defense look foolish as he broke three tackles in the first 10 yards, taking a ball thrown behind the line of scrimmage 51 yards for the score to give Denver the lead. Made several great cuts on the play while taking advantage of some loafing by linebacker Sio Moore.

Brandon Marshall, LB: +3.6

Breakdown: His second game above +3.0 in the last three, Marshall was all over the field collecting 12 tackles and eight stops. In coverage, he allowed eight of nine passes to be completed, but the longest gain went for just 7 yards and he made several stops short of the sticks on third down.

Signature Play: 2Q, 0:22. Got his hand on the ball to deny Darren McFadden the catch late in the first half.

Oakland Raiders – Performances of Note

Charles Woodson, S: -5.9

Breakdown: After a great start in the first eight weeks, Woodson’s dropped off in the last two with the primary reason being a decline in tackling, as he’s missed six in the last two games after missing just five tackles in the first half of the season. He had four MTs yesterday, including one on CJ Anderson’s long touchdown reception in the second quarter.

Signature Play: 3Q, 12:50. Didn’t have much of a chance preventing Julius Thomas from reaching the end zone, but didn’t put up much of a fight as he was run over at the goal line.

DJ Hayden, CB: +1.2

Breakdown: A very active game for Hayden, as he bounced back from a two-penalty display last week, picking up an early interception. Ended up surrendering a touchdown (2Q, 0:35) and a pair of first downs, but made up for it getting his hands on two more passes to deny completions later in the game.

Signature Play: 3Q, 3:50. Maintained close coverage on Demaryius Thomas in the end zone, but wasn’t able to haul in the interception.

Stefen Wisniewski, C: -3.9

Breakdown: This was a rough game for the entire Oakland offensive line, but Wisniewski particularly struggled, allowing two hits and two hurries with a quiet day run blocking as well.

Signature Play: 3Q, 11:59. Completely whiffed on Marvin Austin at the line on what was perhaps his worst blocking effort on the day. However it didn’t amount to much, as Carr got rid of the ball immediately at the back of his drop.

PFF Game Ball

Von Miller gets this one for his unstoppable spin move helping shut down the Oakland offense.


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  • anon76returns

    How in the wide wide world of sports does DeMarcus Ware get a -1.0 grade in pass coverage, when he had zero snaps in pass coverage? The only play I can even think of was the pass to the OG, where Ware came off after denying Carr a passing lane, and hit the OG and spun him so that another Bronco player could knock the ball out. Did that play seriously earn him a -1.0 grade?

    • AGsk

      Just re watched that play. I think Ware gets owned by the OG. Shoved off and hits the ground.

      • anon76returns

        He doesn’t make the tackle, but he’s the only thing stopping the OG from rumbling for 6-7 yards, and he turns the OG so that Malik’s hit knocks out the ball. A -1.0 grade for a single play is a VERY bad grade- something reserved for ~5% or less of plays. Could you honestly say that was that bad of a play?

      • Malachi

        lol. classic

  • E. Halsey Miles

    How did Montgomery/Ramirez/Vasquez do in their new roles? To my untrained eye the looked pretty shakey at first but did better as the game wore on, but that may be illusory as the Raiders seemed to give up in the third quarter.

    • Brian Bigger

      Kind of a mixed bag. Montgomery graded out at 2.3 (good in both phases), Ramirez -0.9 (most on pass blocking) and Vasquez -1.6 (mostly on run blocking)

      • Dave

        Game grades and box scores are not the same. The thread details the differences.

        • guest

          There is a reason a QB completes 70% of his passes, a reason he throws for 340 yards, a reason he throws for five touchdowns, all in three quarters of work, and a reason he has a 112 passer rating, with a makeshift offensive line allowing pressure most of the three quarters. That same QB leads the league in TD passes, and is in the top five in passer rating and yards, and being a close second in QBR. and among the very top in ANY/A. But with PFF, he is behind some of those QBs not comparing to him in any of these statistics. Someone’s analysis is lacking.

  • Thomas Bell

    I’ve given up trying to understand the point system — and just enjoy it for the entertainment that it is. Miller gets zero sacks, ints, fumbles forced or recovered….but has his best game of the year. Manning tosses five TDs and is neg –3.4 . The denver offense dominates and puts up 41 pts. yet has only four players with positive grades. It seems interceptions and penalties really hurt your score — and QB hurries are weighted unusually high.

    • Malachi

      its all about individual matchups and assignments on a given play. your looking at the large picture but they are breaking down every little detail.

    • bobrulz

      Sacks are far from the only thing they grade. He had multiple hurries, a sack wiped out by penalty, and was a monster in run defense.

      Peyton Manning had a poor game despite the 5 touchdowns. I think it was actually worse than his game last week. He had an unusually high number of off target throws and he was outright bad in the first half. Some of the touchdowns were great, some of them were just too easy.

  • guest

    Watching the game, and then the PFF scores, you are left with one opinion, BS. The offense has 25 first downs, 471 total yards, 41 points, a 50% third down conversion rate, and the QB has a 112 passer rating, 70% completion, 340 yards, and 5 touchdowns, in THREE quarters of work, and have minimal PFF credit. BS.