Grades for the Raiders' 44-27 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
Things started out well. Then the Raiders couldn’t finish in the red zone with touchdowns. Then things just got silly with turnovers, the last a pick-6 of quarterback Derek Carr by the Colts. Carr would complete 31-of-45 for 316 yards with two scores and two interceptions, but answering touchdowns with field goals isn’t getting it done when your defense is this bad. Carr also ran for a 5-yard score. But the Raiders couldn’t run much at all.
Josh Jacobs returned to the lineup after missing last week with an injured ankle, managing just 49 yards on 13 carries. Carr’s touchdowns went to tight end Foster Moreau from 47 yards out and wide receiver Nelson Agholor from 21 yards. Because the defense played so poorly, “you get to the point where you’re second-guessing everything you’re doing offensively,” Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said after the game. “It’s tough right now. But you have to stay confident that your (defensive) players are going to put it together.”