Tough Love: Grading the Raiders against Miami
The Oakland Raiders took a major step backwards today in a 34-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins. Grading this game was difficult but it was easy to figure it out. This was an ugly game from top to bottom for the Oakland Raiders all across the board as the Silver and Black were shut out through three quarters today.
Grades for the Game
Offense: (c-minus/d-plus) This was an ugly game to watch for many reasons. The offensive gameplan wasn't Hue Jacksons best of the season. Carson Palmer went 20-41 for 273 yards. Other than that there wasn't allot to be excited about. Michael Bush ran the ball for 18 yards on ten carries, his worst game since starting over the injured Darren McFadden. The offensive line was getting handled for most of the game as penalties once again depleted any chance of the Raiders scoring points. Two holding penalties on Khalif Barnes negated 20-plus yard plays. The only reason why the offense isn't getting an F is because McFadden, Denarius Moore, and Jacoby Ford were all out due to injury.
Defense: (F) One reason... this team came out flat! Matt Moore, a backup quarterback, had a decent game passing but he used his feet to make plays as well. Anthony Fassano had 4 catches for 66 yards. Reggie Bush ran for 100 yards and a touchdown and back up Daniel Thomas had 73 yards rushing as well. The defense got ran over by the Miami run attack and it helped the passing game as the Dolphins also converted eight of 14 third down conversions. The defense gave up a number of big third down plays, none bigger than a long pass play to Brandon Marshall that turned field position in Miami's favor. Miami also controlled field position for most of the ballgame as the Dolphins held the ball for 38:20 to Oakland's 21:40.
Special Teams (B) Shane Lechler pretty much showed once again why he is the best punter in the game today! Enough said. Sea-Bass went 2 for 2 on extra points.
Coaching (F) Obviously Hue Jackson didn't have his team ready to play today. And it showed with the way his team performed. Jackson even admitted so after the football game today. This was the third time this season a sub-.500 team (Denver and Kansas City the other two) that has come in and owned the Raiders from top to bottom. The Raiders have played misserably against the run in all three of these games and Chuck Bresnahans defensive gameplan for all three of these games has been flat out awful!
Overall Grade: (D) The Raiders need to figure it out. NOW! With the Raiders now tied for first place with the Denver Broncos, the Raiders need to find out who they are in the last four weeks of the season. The Raiders have to win atleast one of the next two games before the final meetings with Kansas City (at Arrowhead) and a New Years day game against a now slumping San Diego Chargers team at home. The next two games, @Green Bay and Detriot at home, are going to be the two biggest test of the season if the Raiders want to make the playoffs.