We've already graded the offense after the Ravens' 37-33 loss to Oakland. Now it's time to grade the defense and special teams. After giving up 37 points, did anyone pass?
DEFENSIVE LINE: D
The Ravens allowed about 5 yards a carry on the ground (19 carries, 97 yards) and generally got pushed around. There was no pressure up the middle on Derek Carr, and Timmy Jernigan committed a terrible roughing-the-passer penalty that handed the Raiders 15 yards on their game-winning drive. The starting front three of Jernigan, Brandon Williams and Chris Canty had a combined total of one tackle.
The Ravens had no pass rush whatsoever, allowing Derek Carr to sit back and carve up the Ravens defense (351 yards passing). True, Terrell Suggs was out, but Elvis Dumervil was no factor. Courtney Upshaw, Za'Darius Smith and Albert McClellan all saw time at outside linebacker and hardly ever got near Carr. Upshaw was again badly mismatched when he had to drop into coverage. C.J. Mosley (9) and Daryl Smith (8) led the team in tackles, but they both missed tackles as well. Paging Jason Babin ...
The Ravens secondary was picked apart, but when any NFL quarterback has as much time as Derek Carr did, that's bound to happen. Jimmy Smith got badly beaten by Amari Cooper on the Raiders' first touchdown, and Michael Crabtree got 10 yards behind Lardarius Webb on another play as Webb bit on Carr's rollout. Only an underthrown ball kept that from being an easy touchdown. On the Raiders' game-winning score, Seth Roberts got all alone in the Ravens zone after Kyle Arrington let him go by. Arrington was also beaten deep when he had to play outside after Webb briefly left the game. Safety Kendrick Lewis got faked out of his shoes by Carr on a read-option, leading to a 24-yard run by Carr. Will Hill's interception was one of the few highlights, and a second pick that would have ended the game was waved off by a questionable defensive holding call.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B+
Justin Tucker was a perfect 4-for-4 on field goals, and Sam Koch netted 43.5 yards on two punts. Michael Campanaro had one kick return of 29 yards, but Steve Smith let a punt drop that ultimately rolled into a 70-yard kick. The Ravens punt coverage team allowed just 5 yards on two returns.