Raiders report card: Grades for offense, defense in 40-9 loss to Chiefs


Raiders report card: Grades for offense, defense in 40-9 loss to Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Raiders had a chance to move atop the AFC West on Sunday by beating the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.

Consider that opportunity blown.

The Raiders were downright awful in a 40-9 blowout loss. Oakland turned it over three times. They were penalized heavily. They missed a field goal and had an extra point blocked.

The run game had its moments in the first half, but everything else was not good enough in a game where the Raiders routinely hurt themselves with undisciplined play.

So, as you can probably guess, there are a lot of bad grades to hand out in this week’s Raiders report card.

Rushing offense

Josh Jacobs crossed the 1,000-yard mark, as he ran for nearly 100 in the first half alone. The rout was on after that point, so Jacobs only got three carries in the second half. The score no longer suited running the ball at that point, even though a commitment to the run game has worked when the Chiefs have a lead.

You can’t run, however, down three scores. That took Jacobs out of the equation, which is too bad considering he seemed in line for a career day when the game started.

Grade: B-plus

Passing offense

Quarterback Derek Carr had another bad day at Arrowhead. That will be the primary storyline after this loss, considering he threw two costly interceptions and couldn’t establish a rhythm in the passing game. That said, let’s be honest. The Raiders receivers were terrible. They couldn’t create steady separation, with Carr often searching in vain to find open targets down the field.

Darren Waller had a strong day but he was the only one. The Raiders can’t survive on that. They need better from the entire passing game for the offense to get back on track. The air attack looks lost right now, after back-to-back games where scoring seems harder than it should be for a team that once scored 24-plus points in six straight games.

Grade: F

Run defense

The Chiefs were without Damien Williams and had to work hard for yards on the ground. They averaged 3.3 yards per carry, though they scored two touchdowns running the ball. Patrick Mahomes was impactful on three carries for 25 yards and a score, but the Chiefs were well contained but disciplined Raiders run fits. It’s hard to fault the run defense for the overall outcome. They weren’t half bad.

Grade: B

Pass defense

The Raiders regularly give up explosive plays in the passing game. They had allowed 55 plays of 20 yards or more heading into Sunday, but allowed just one against the Chiefs. Mahomes had to work for his completions and averaged just 5.4 yards per attempt. Coverage was generally pretty tight, though the Raiders gave up too many third down conversions through the air that kept Chiefs drives alive.

Maxx Crosby brought steady pressure, but the Raiders were penalized heavily in pass defense. Trayvon Mullen had a pick taken away due to pass interference found on replay, and Nevin Lawson’s first-half defensive holding penalty was a killer. So was his inability to secure an easy interception that could’ve been a pick six or a big return at least.

Grade: C

Special teams

Daniel Carlson has become unreliable. He badly missed a field goal attempt in this one, and has now missed five kicks in the last five games, and had his fourth-quarter extra point blocked. Trevor Davis fumbled a kickoff return and lost possession, an inexcusable mistake that brought Jalen Richard into the mix there. A.J. Cole’s beautiful punt and Curtis Riley catch at the Kansas City 2-yard line was the kicking game’s lone bright spot.

Grade: F

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The Raiders had a golden opportunity to jump into first place in a division they haven’t won since 2002 and blew it. They were terrible in a huge game, clearly not ready to compete in such a big moment. They were undisciplined and too mistake-prone to compete. That’s a major blow to their playoff prospects. When the Raiders had to stand tall, they delivered a dud.

Grade: F

Doug Marrone, Jaguars preparing for Raiders in emotional Oakland finale


Doug Marrone, Jaguars preparing for Raiders in emotional Oakland finale

ALAMEDA -- Sunday won't be an ordinary Week 15 game between two teams that have dropped out of playoff contention. 

The Coliseum will be rocking as those who bleed silver and black say their final farewell to the Raiders when they take on the 4-9 Jacksonville Jaguars. Most of the young Jaguars haven't played in the Coliseum, but head coach Doug Marrone is well aware of what his scuffling team will face Sunday afternoon. 

"Absolutely. I think that, we kind of polled today, we don’t have a lot of players that have played at Oakland and we tried to give them a sense of ... and when I say crazy atmosphere, I mean that in a very positive sense," Marrone said on a conference call with Bay Area media Wednesday. "We talked about the locker room and we’ve talked about it. I think it will be an emotional day for a lot of people there and I had a good relationship with Mr. [Al] Davis. When I was the head coach at Syracuse, we’d meet every year and there will be a lot of emotion knowing that finally, I know last year they went through it a little bit, but the finality of it being the last game for sure." 

Marrone was drafted by the Los Angeles Raiders out of Davis' alma mater Syracuse in 1986. He didn't make the 53-man roster and never donned the Silver and Black inside the Coliseum. Despite never being a Raider, Marrone had a good relationship with late owner Al Davis and came to the Coliseum as an offensive line coach for the New York Jets in the early 2000s. 

Even for Marrone, it will be weird for the Raiders to no longer call the Coliseum home. 

"When I was with the Jets and we would go out there, we’d always warm-up and I had the offensive line with me and I had a bunch of veteran guys who we’d warm up in the one corner of the end zone and for some reason, there was one guy, he was all over me," Marrone said recalling his time as a visitor in the Coliseum. "Like he was killing me, not the players, me. And the players would come up to me and go, ‘Coach, you going to take that (expletive) from that guy? Like, if he did that (expletive) to me, I would go up in the stands. You need to go up in the stands, you need to confront that.’ And I’d be like, ‘Shut the hell up, would you? We’re just going to go ahead and play.’

"But I just remember those times and the playoff game up there when I was in New York and just how crazy it can be and it’s a special place. I remember going up there back in the day and you look over at pregame warmup and Mr. Davis would be down on the sideline. A lot of the old Raiders would be there and so I think for me there will be a point I think, ‘Wow! I can’t believe the Oakland Raiders are moving.’”

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After three consecutive losses, the Raiders no longer find themselves in the playoff hunt. There will be no playoff goodbye for the hallowed grounds that hold so many Raider memories. 

Jon Gruden, Derek Carr and these Raiders have but one more chance to give those who love the Raiders so dearly a final memory of a building and franchise that means so much to them. 

That's bad news for Marrone and the Jags. 

Raiders injury report: Josh Jacobs limited ahead of Jaguars game


Raiders injury report: Josh Jacobs limited ahead of Jaguars game

ALAMEDA -- The Raiders' offense was ineffective in last Sunday's 42-21 loss to the Titans without running back Josh Jacobs. 

The rookie sensation has a fractured shoulder and was unable to go despite giving an emotional plea to play prior to kick-off. Jacobs underwent an MRI on Monday and the results reportedly were better than expected, meaning Jacobs supposedly could give it a go in the finale at the Coliseum on Sunday against the Jaguars. 

Jacobs was cleared to practice Wednesday when the Raiders held their normal mid-week walkthrough. Jacobs officially was listed as limited in Wednesday's estimation and he will have to clear some hurdles in order to get the thumbs up to go Sunday. 

"I just listen to the medical and Josh," Gruden said Wednesday. "He'll still have to go out there and move explosively tomorrow, Friday and do the things that a running back has to do to play in this league and protect himself in this league. We'll see what happens in the next 48 hours."

Right tackle Trent Brown, who missed the loss to the Titans with a pectoral injury, did not participate Wednesday and Gruden is not sure if he will be able to play against the Jaguars. 

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Here is the Raiders' injury report from Wednesday's walkthrough: 

Did not participate
OT Trent Brown (pectoral)
CB Daryl Worley (neck)
WR Hunter Renfrow (rib)
LB Marquel Lee (toe)
LB Kyle Wilber (ankle)

RB Josh Jacobs (shoulder)
DB Lamarcus Joyner (hamstring)
C Rodney Hudson (ankle)
G Gabe Jackson (knee)